Right-wing pundit and provocateur Ann Coulter has made one of her most outrageous statements to date by tweeting that all hate crimes are hoaxes, a response to the Jussie Smollett case, in which the black gay actor is accused of staging an attack on himself, claiming his assaailants used racist and homophobic slurs.
\u201cAlright, this particular hate crime turned out to be a hoax, but let's remember, ALL OF THEM are hoaxes. #Smollett\u201d
Of course, it hasn't been proved that the crime was a hoax -- Smollett has been charged with falsifying a police report, but he hasn't been found guilty. However, whether the Empire star staged the attack or is truly a victim, the fact remains that hate crimes happen. Many Twitter users made that point, and they referred to Coulter's history of toxic rhetoric or shared photos of hate-crime victims including Matthew Shepard and Emmett Till.
\u201cAnn Coulter has said a lot of horrific things, but this might be the most absurd and disgusting thing she\u2019s said yet. https://t.co/nzMNXnfRQU\u201d