On December 20, 2013, political pundit Ann Coulter was a guest on the Sean Hannity Show, a drive-time talk radio program broadcast nationwide, guest-hosted that day by Kirby Wilbur. Near the beginning of the show’s third hour, Ann Coulter said the following:
Look at their blind, passionate hatred for those on the other side — like George Bush. I mean you can go to this Web site zombietime which has the photos of effigies of George Bush being burned, being decapitated. They look at regular left-wing, anti-war, anti-Bush rallies: they sell hats, bags, backpacks that said “Kill Bush” on them. Can you imagine — I mean forget the reaction from the Left, can you imagine a conservative making up such a bag for Obama or Clinton? No — you oppose their policies; you don’t hate them with the hot hot hate of a thousand suns.
Ann was referring of course to this classic zomblog post:
(and also the related post Bush as Hitler, Swastika-Mania: A Retrospective).
Was Ann’s description of the posts correct? Well, mostly. For example, during the Bush era did leftist protesters overtly display messages that said “Kill Bush”? Yes, as the following examples taken from the post reveal:
Did the left-wing protesters depict Bush being decapitated? Yes:
Did they burn him in effigy? Yes:
And that’s just a tiny sampling — see the original post for countless more examples.
Where Ann was slightly off-base was her memory that the post showed people selling “hats, bags, backpacks” with these messages. That may have indeed happened, but I don’t have much record of that in the report itself: Instead, it seems that the vast majority of such death threats were individually crafted by the protesters themselves. Which, in a way, is actually worse than merely buying pre-made death threats — personally hand-making and then displaying a death threat is more significant and less legally defensible than buying one that someone else made for you.
That being said — there in fact were mass-produced t-shirts that said “Kill Bush”:
While it could have been the case that these were sold at protests (which is what Ann said), I don’t have a photographic record of that happening.
Even so: Thanks, Ann, for the mention!
If you want to download that day’s full Hannity show, it can be found here at Hannity.com (click on “Hour 3″).
(And thanks to zombietime reader Peter G. for bringing the clip to my attention.)