Back when nearly everyone else on the planet seemed outraged at United Airlines over the violent de-seating of a paying passenger, Ann Coulter, as she so often does, shared her own unique take.
“Sorry about the dragging,” she wrote in April. “But convicted pill-mill doctor should be deported.”
The bloodied passenger had a criminal history and emigrated from Vietnam, you see.
But so much for Coulter’s nuanced take on air travel. On Saturday, she declared “the worst airline in America” to be not United, but Delta Air Lines — which allegedly committed the offense of de-seating Ann Coulter.
Coulter didn’t just slam Delta for moving her from her “PRE-BOOKED seat” with extra leg room (to another seat in the same row, according to the airline). She also documented the experience in photos and tweet after tweet, which she shared with her 1.6 million followers, not to mention the wider spectrum of people fascinated by things Ann Coulter does.
So here is a member of the flight crew accused of “summarily snatching my ticket from my hand & ordering me to move w/o explanation, compensation or apology:”
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 15, 2017
That woman and two other passengers stare at Coulter in the photo — perhaps wondering what will happen now that they have been photographed by the same unpredictable commentator who once wished assassination upon John Edwards, declined to condemn an abortion doctor’s murder and joked about poisoning a Supreme Court justice.
Not pictured: Delta’s fritzy WiFi, which Coulter suspected was intentionally broken “to prevent passengers from tweeting from the plane about how they’re being treated.”
Coulter didn’t immediately reply to questions, including why she decided to photograph and publicize her co-fliers’ faces.
“It appears her new seat was in the same row, just not the exact seat she had selected,” a Delta spokesman wrote to The Washington Post.
“It was an exit row seat (has extra leg room),” he wrote. “She was moved from an aisle to a window. Same space, a few seats over.”
Regardless, the spokesman said the airline would reach out to Coulter about her concerns on the New York-to-Florida flight.
Hey @Delta, you mind telling me why it was an "emergency" to move someone else into the seat I had carefully chosen in advance and booked?
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 15, 2017
A Delta spokesman told the Associated Press that the airline was reaching out to Coulter.
The airline issued a statement in response to “Coulter’s insults” late Sunday. It also posted two messages for Coulter on Twitter. One said: “We’re sorry you did not receive the preferred seat you paid for and will refund you $30.”
The other message said: “Additionally, your insults about our other customers and employees are unacceptable and unnecessary.”
@AnnCoulter Additionally, your insults about our other customers and employees are unacceptable and unnecessary.
— Delta (@Delta) July 16, 2017
Coulter has been an unhappy customer since at least 2010, when she wrote that her Delta flight to Portland got disrupted and that the ticketing agent she spoke with “deserves to be the worst employee multiple award-winner.”
A few years later, she wrote that she paid $1,500 for a ticket “near someone who smells like a NYC cabdriver.” At least she had WiFi — “but no electrical outlets on the plane. Like a soda fountain without cups. #Deltasucks.”
Coulter offered this advice at the time:
If the only way you can get someplace is on Delta, don't go.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) December 10, 2013
Other airlines don’t seem to inspire the same invective. Coulter had a brief Twitter spasm on a JetBlue flight in late 2015 — “BECAUSE THE CAPTAIN HASN’T ARRIVED YET. Now, we have to worry about him flying drunk.”
But a few weeks later she posted a picture of herself smiling docilely with “a JetBlue pilot who’s always on time.”
And midway through Saturday’s rant about her Delta trip, Coulter digressed to plug JetBlue’s free WiFi.
Even non-famous people’s airplane disaster stories have been making national news lately (ahem), so obviously Coulter’s account has drawn quite a lot of attention — if not always sympathy for the celebrity.
HuffPost accused her of seat-shaming the woman who took her extra leg room, for instance.
And some people couldn’t help but remember what she’d said about that United passenger, back when he found himself in similar circumstances — plus getting dragged down a plane aisle with a bloody nose.
This article has been updated.