Last night, the political website Politico posted a tweet linking to their article entitled, “Harvey Is What Climate Change Looks Like,” discussing the science behind the hurricane which has devastated the Texas coast and the nation’s fourth largest city, Houston.
In response conservative troll, Ann Coulter (aka. “Yard sale Barbie”), tweeted out the following response: “I don’t believe Hurricane Harvey is God’s punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor. But that is more credible than ‘climate change.’”
Contextualizing Ann Coulter’s hurricane tweet
I don't believe Hurricane Harvey is God's punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor. But that is more credible than "climate change." https://t.co/K7d7mopY5Q
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 29, 2017
The lesbian mayor that Coulter is referencing is Annise Parker, Houston’s three-term mayor who served from 2010 to 2016.
Coulter’s response came amid her usual cesspool of tweets equating anti-fascists with Nazis, praising racist (and recently pardoned) former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, retweeting praise from her fans and vilifying immigrants as the cause of everything horrible in America.
The tweet in question contains all her usual go-to ingredients: far-right conservative talking points (climate change denial), a dig at a progressive values (in this case, an openly LGBTQ public figure) and a nauseating mixture of flippancy and insincerity (cynically espousing a conservative Christian worldview to make a cheap “joke”).
Her tweet has received over 12,000 responses, 5,700 favorites and 2,700 retweets.
Ann Coulter has a history of making inflammatory political statements
Coulter has made a career of similarly inflammatory statements including ones advocating for the jailing of people who wear hijabs (a headdress commonly worn by Muslim women); agreeing with the assertion of now-deceased anti-gay televangelist Jerry Falwell that feminists, “the gays and the lesbians” were among the people most responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.
Coulter is a noted racist and Islamophobe who blames black men for American gun violence and the subprime mortgage lender crisis that sparked the 2008 financial crisis.
And regarding that lesbian mayor…
During Parker’s administration, the Houston City Council passed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a city ordinance that banned discrimination on the basis of numerous characteristics including disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, family, marital and military status. The ordinance exempted religious institutions and fined violators up to $5,000.
HERO was overturned at the ballot box on Nov. 3, 2015, after the Texas Supreme Court (a group of conservative-leaning elected judges who recently disingenuously questioned whether same-sex couples are entitled to government marriage benefits) required it to go to a public vote despite its petitioners forging signatures to get it on the ballot.