Coulter Hears Heckles At UW


Jeff Schuman reports, jschuman@k2tv.com

Protests and heckles were seen throughout Ann Coulter's visit to UW.


For the second year in a row a controversial speaker was on campus.

"Not to spout the retroact of Howard Stern, but if you don't like what he has to say just change the station," student Jeffrey Carpenter said. "So if you don't want to hear Ann Coulter talk, stay home."

And for the second year in a row, protestors made their voices heard outside of the venue.

"Two, four, six, eight, we don't need your kind of hate."

"The right isn't always these crazy extremists trying to fight extremism with entertainment and extremism," protestor Brody Tate said.

Ann Coulter was welcomed to the state with boos and cheers intertwined as she began her speech on 'Why Liberals are Wrong About Everything.' And the heckling quickly got under way; including from a student who was amidst the controversy for bringing Bill Ayers to the campus last year.

"It's the same topic that Ann's talked about for years," protestor Meg Lanker said. "I mean, we found a speech even back as far as 2006 at Indiana University. Same title, same topic, same kind of reaction."

Coulter frequently backlashed at hecklers throughout and even threatened to end the speech early. But conservatives believe she means well.

"You have to get past the meanness," student Chelsey Sleight said. "I think sometimes she can be a bit meaner and snarky than she needs to be. But, she says, she says how it is."

"She's just blunt," student Katie Schade said. "She's to the point and in today's times you almost have to be extreme to get your point across. She's not extreme in a bad way I don't believe. I think it's just being very passionate about what she believes in."

Reactions were mixed as Coulter spoke on everything from the U.S.'s involvement with Libya to Obama sending more troops to women should not have the right to vote. But by the end of the Q&A session, she left the stage to an applause.