Audience members greeted conservative icon Ann Coulter with a standing ovation when she spoke of her dissatisfaction with the current course of the primary elections to a sold-out crowd at the Marvin Center Saturday night.
Coulter, who is known for her candid remarks, said she would rather support Democrat Sen. Hillary Clinton (N.Y.) for president than vote for Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (Ariz.).
“These are perilous times for Americans,” Coulter said. “Our choices for president are three Democrats: Hillary, B. Hussein Obama and McCain.”
During a question-and-answer session at the event, an audience member asked Coulter what she thought about the satirical Islamo-Fascism poster incident that took place on GW’s campus last fall. Coulter attributed the issue to “liberal hypocrisy” and said there is a double standard when a liberal commits a crime about freedom of speech and a conservative does.
“A crime is based on who you are rather than what you have done,” Coulter said. “It is the most beautiful example of the double standard that exists (between liberals and conservatives). The words are the same but the meaning was different.”
Coulter was also asked a myriad different questions by audience members about how they should vote in the primary and presidential elections.
“Would you really vote for Hillary?” asked a member of the audience.
Coulter paused before she answered.
“I guess we’ll have to wait and see,” Coulter said.
One student in the audience criticized Coulter for her remarks about Clinton, stating that Coulter is fueling the chances for Clinton or Illinois Democratic Sen. Barack Obama to win the presidential election.
“I have single-handedly caused the Hillary campaign to implode,” Coulter said, adding however that in order for a conservative to win in 2008, “It would take a miracle and that’s what we need.”
Though much of the evening was dominated with talks about the 2008 presidential election, Coulter spoke about other issues as well.
One student asked Coulter to share her experiences as an intern during her college years.
“They were not nearly as exciting as Monica Lewinsky’s,” Coulter said, drawing laughter from the audience.
Coulter also drew laughs when she spoke about Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the U.S. military holds individuals it suspects have ties to terrorism.
“Guantanamo Bay is an all inclusive resort we allow terrorists to live in before a liberal gets elected,” Coulter said. “I’ve been treated worse at a Holiday Inn Express.”
Security was tight at the event sponsored by the Young America’s Foundation, the same student organization that brought David Horowitz to campus in October. Attendees were not allowed to wear jackets or bring purses into the event for security reasons.
In 2006, Coulter spoke at an event at the University of Arizona, where two students attempted to throw a pie at her while she was on stage.
The event at GW went on without any breeches of security, as attendees were warned before hand that they were to behave according to GW’s student code of conduct.
“When you have a speaker of this high profile and this notoriety, you always expect security issues,” said Anthony Cartelli, director of press for YAF. “We were happy to see that there were no problems at all. It went very smooth and the audience was very receptive and very tolerating.”
Sophomore Joseph Rendiero said he was not surprised by anything that went on throughout the evening.
“I wanted to be shocked,” Rendiero said. “I was surprisingly under whelmed. A lot of it was just jokes and they weren’t even that funny.
Freshman Mag Ingoglia was also unsurprised by any of Coulter’s remarks.
Ingoglia said, “As a Democrat, I expected her to say certain things, so I wasn’t shocked by anything she said.”