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TWO Calls Ann Coulter’s Smear Campaign Against Herman Cain’s Alleged Sexual Harassment Victims a Disgrace
by Wayne Besen, October 31st, 2011

NEW YORK – Truth Wins Out condemned conservative activist Ann Coulter today for her cruel and mindless attack on the alleged sexual harassment victims of GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain. Coulter’s smear campaign was devoid of facts, despicable, and insensitive, says TWO.

“Ann Coulter’s ugly smear campaign against these women is disgraceful and she should be ashamed of herself,” said Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director Wayne Besen. “Coulter is an extremist and a reflexive apparatchik who embodies everything that is wrong with politics in America today.”

Commenting on the Cain incident on Fox News Channel’s Geraldo At Large, Coulter recklessly and irresponsibly slammed these women without knowing the details of their allegations.

transcript of comment with geraldo on fox after the fold

Ann Coulter: It’s outrageous the way liberals treat a black conservative. This is another high-tech lynching. Even the allegations…

Rivera: In the words of Clarence Thomas, the Supreme Court justice?

Coulter: That’s right. There’s nothing liberals fear more than a black conservative. Ask Allen West, ask Michael Steele, and ask Clarence Thomas. And even what the allegations are here, I mean, it shows you how the civil rights juggernaut has gone off the rails. The idea of civil rights laws to begin with ironically was to protect blacks from Democrats in the south who wouldn’t protect them. Now it’s white women in Scarsdale who say, “Ooh, I don’t like that he called me honey.”

“Coulter is a hypocrite because she first became a celebrity by relentlessly attacking President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky affair,” said TWO’s Wayne Besen. “Where is her outrage and concern for sexual propriety and for the safety of women in the workplace now?”

The media has not been shy in covering the sexual scandals of white Democrats such as John Edwards, Elliott Spitzer, and Gary Hart. So there is no merit to Coulter’s inflammatory and fabricated portrayal of this situation as a liberal conspiracy to bring down a conservative African American politician.

Finally, Coulter owes Anita Hill an apology for suggesting that Clarence Thomas is innocent and the victim of a “high tech lynching.” Hill’s allegations against the Supreme Court Justice remain as credible today as they did during the confirmation hearings, says TWO.

Politico broke the story today that claimed Herman Cain had allegedly sexually harassed two women while he was the head of the National Restaurant Association from 1996-99. According to Politico, “Cain and his campaign repeatedly declined to respond directly about whether he ever faced allegations of sexual harassment at the restaurant association. They have also declined to address questions about specific reporting confirming that there were financial settlements in two cases in which women leveled complaints.” In one case, Politico says that it had seen documentation describing the allegations that showed that the restaurant association formally resolved the matter with both women receiving separation packages that were in the five-figure range.

“In fairness, Cain deserves a chance to coherently respond and present his viewpoint on the scandal,” said TWO’s Besen. “However, there is no evidence that the women identified in the Politico article were politically motivated or that they were not telling the truth. Yet, Ann Coulter used her national television platform to demean and humiliate these women who may have been victims of sexual harassment.”

Truth Wins Out is a non-profit organization that fights anti-LGBT religious extremism and the “ex-gay” myth. TWO specializes in turning information into action by organizing, advocating and fighting for LGBT equality.

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