Conservative pundit Ann Coulter blasted CNN Correspondent Jake Tapper for his attack on President Donald Trump on Wednesday.
In a commencement speech at the Coast Guard Academy in Groton, Conn., Trump cited himself as an example of someone who never gives up, claiming the media have treated him worse than they’ve treated any other politician in history:
“Look at the way I’ve been treated lately, especially by the media. No politician in history – and I say this with great surety - has been treated worse or more unfairly.
“You can’t let them get you down. You can’t let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams.”
Later that day, Tapper - ignoring the fact that Trump was talking about the media’s treatment – launched a media attack on Trump – arguing that other presidents had been treated worse, because four of them had been assassinated:
“The president seemed to be complaining and expressing a degree of self-pity, and I’m not exactly sure what these people who are putting their lives on the line are supposed to feel pity about.
“My second reaction is, four U.S. presidents have been actually literally assassinated and killed, so I think that there people who have been treated worse than President Trump has been.”
Tapper’s claim sparked a harsh reaction by Coulter on Twitter:
“3 of the 4 were Republicans. Liberals are violent animals. See ‘Guilty’ on the history of presidential assassinations.”
Indeed, three of the four presidents who have been assassinated were Republicans:
- Republican Abraham Lincoln – shot on April 14, 1865, by pro-slavery Confederacy sympathizer and actor John Wilkes Booth,
- Republican James A. Garfield – shot July 2, 1881 by lawyer Charles J. Guiteau, because Garfield wouldn’t give him an ambassadorship in Paris.
- Republican William McKinley – shot September 6, 1901 by socialist anarchist Leon Czolgosz, who was angry about the disparity between the rich and the poor.
- Democrat John F. Kennedy - shot November 22, 1963 by Lee Harvey Oswald, after both Cuba and Russia rejected his efforts to emigrate.
Watch Trump’s comments, followed by Tapper’s rebuttal.