Writer and political pundit Ann Coulter dazzled a cheering crowd Saturday in Henderson as part of a day of Tea Party speeches and demonstrations, ripping President Barack Obama and other prominent Democrats on health care and racial hypocrisy.
Roughly 2,000 people gathered in the Henderson Pavilion to cheer Coulter -- indeed, sometimes she only had to say Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's name to get the crowd booing him and cheering her.
In a 25-minute performance, she touched on subjects close to the conservative movement's heart, from Obama's birth certificate and claims that Tea Party members are racist to the recently passed health care reform legislation.
"The American people are in a boiling rage," Coulter said. "They want to go to Washington, pull the power to the Capitol, see who they can deport.
"Whereas, my position is we only deport anyone who cannot produce an authentic birth certificate."
While the line got applause from the crowd, Coulter went on to dismiss claims that Obama was not born in Hawaii.
"Obama is a terrible president, but he was born in the country," she said.
She next set her sights on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Reid, who represents Nevada, and said Democrats need look no further than their own party for hatemongering and racism.
"Nancy Pelosi called the opponents of national health care un-American," Coulter said. "So I think it's official -- the Botox is seeping into her brain."
Coulter said Reid should have been in hot water for his comments, documented in a recent book, that Obama is electable because he's a "light-skinned" African-American "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."
"He denied reports," Coulter continued, "that he told Obama in 2007, 'You should run. You people are good at that.'
"Reid called and apologized to Obama, and Obama accepted the apology. And we know he (Obama) meant it because he used his white voice."
Coulter was recently in Canada, where her speech was canceled because of unruly crowds and protests. She referenced that trip to set up a riff on health care reform.
Canada is "the country where liberals all claim they have a much better health care system than we have in this country," she said. "And you know what? After last Sunday's vote, they're right."
Audience members were told not to record or videotape Coulter's speech. People also were banned from bringing in signs, although one person smuggled one in that said, "Elect. Impeach. Repeal," a reference to undoing health care reforms.
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