Ann Coulter went after Newt Gingrich, Liz Cheney and a handful of other conservatives in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity Monday night in which she called for the Republican Party to expunge from its ranks the "hucksters [and] shysters" who she says have caused the GOP to lose recent elections.
"The problem is we have hucksters, shysters, people ripping off the Republican Party for their own self-aggrandizement, for their own egos, to make money," Coulter told Fox News. "I would put Todd Akin, Newt Gingrich, Liz Cheney, Mark Sanford all in the same boat, and the consultants who persuaded Linda McMahon and John Raese to run."
The conversation arose from Hannity asking Coulter about the infighting in the Republican Party in which "establishment Republicans are at war with their Tea party conservative base."
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Hannity, a committed conservative, then asked Coulter why she was attacking Cheney and Gingrich.
Coulter responded by seeming to begin to suggest that Gingrich had no chance of winning the 2012 presidential election, but ran anyway, saying, "Why, because Newt was never, I'm already all in, but he ran for president and look I've made mistakes like this in the past too."
The conversation was then changed by Hannity who says perhaps Coulter's biggest mistake was endorsing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, to which she agreed with a laugh saying "perhaps it was."
Christie, a Republican, has disappointed many conservatives due to his overwhelming support for President Barack Obama following Hurricane Sandy in the run-up to the 2012 election, and his recent support for immigration reform.
In June, Coulter who in the past had campaigned for Christie publicly withdrew her support from him on her Twitter feed
"In 2016, we are not going to be nominating a congressman, an inspirational leader, a businessman, only look at governors and senators," Coulter told Hannity. "These are people who are looking for TV shows, or looking to make money. Why should we be having — and I love Liz Cheney— but why should we be having a rancorous primary against a good Republican senator other than for Liz Cheney’s ego?"
Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is presently running for a Wyoming U.S. Senate seat in the 2014 election
against incumbent GOP Sen. Mike Enzi, claiming that she is the more conservative of the two.
Gingrich is currently co-hosting CNN's political debate show "Crossfire,"
which re-launched in September.
Hannity then appeared to come to Cheney's defense, telling Coulter, "I don't think it's about that, I think she's more conservative."
"No she isn't," Coulter said repeatedly.
"But here's the point. There are a lot problems, we are not concentrating on winning, we are allowing shysters to take advantage of the Republican Party."
"She’s not a shyster, so let’s be clear," Hannity said.
The interview concluded with both Coulter and Hannity agreeing that the Republican Party must find a way to win future elections without sacrificing their principles in the process.
Coulter was appearing on the show to promote her latest book: "Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama."
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