Coulter appeared on Today on Thursday morning to discuss a series of tweets sent out by Jadya Fransen, the deputy leader of the far-right group Britain First, which purported to show Muslims carrying out crimes. The tweets had gained widespread publicity after US President Donald Trump retweeted them to his 43.7m followers.
Many listeners then took to Twitter to lambast the Radio 4 programme for giving Coulter a platform from which to air her views, including Scottish National Party MP Joanna Cherry and author/broadcaster Stephanie Merrit:
Please @BBCr4today is it really necessary to have an extended interview in your top slot with such a hate filled bigoted ignoramus as @AnnCoulter? It's too much
Dear @BBCr4today – what are you thinking, giving Ann Coulter such an extended platform to spout her misinformed racist hate speech? Is this supposed to be edgy? 'Balanced'? Seriously – please justify this decision.
Coulter – who had also retweeted the videos – used the platform to defend Donald Trump, arguing that he was “only giving as good as he gets”.
“This is what Brexit was about, this is what Donald Trump is about,” she said. “The native countries are blowing up at the constant importation of people who do not share our Western values. That’s the point at issue.”