Did President Obama link Catholic schools to segregation?

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," June 20, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: Tonight, the president's apparent unease with the Catholic Church is rising to the surface yet again. Now, you may remember that he angered bishops in the U.S. last year with his contraceptive mandate. Now, comments that he made earlier this week to students in Northern Ireland are stirring up controversy. Listen closely as the president appears to compare segregation to the Catholic school system.


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Issues like segregated schools and housing, lack of jobs and opportunity, symbols of history that are a source of pride for some and pain for others, these are not tangential to peace, they are essential to it. If towns remain divided, if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can't see ourselves in one another, if fear or resentment are allowed to harden, that encourages division, it discourages cooperation.


HANNITY: Catholics have their schools, that encourages division? Oh, really?

Now, moments later, the president seemed doubled down on his analogy by referencing the American Civil War. Watch this.


OBAMA: Our Civil War was far shortened than the troubles but it killed hundreds of thousands of our people, and of course the legacy of slavery endured for generations.

When I was a boy, many cities still have had separate drinking fountains and lunch counters and washrooms for blacks and whites.


HANNITY: Joining me now with reaction to the president's unusual comparison, bestselling author Ann Coulter, how are you?


HANNITY: Reaction.

COULTER: I have three quick points.

One, is what a surprise that Obama is attacking America while he is abroad? Can you imagine Angela Merkel coming here and talking about, you know, what the Germans were doing in the '30s?

Point two. Obama himself spoke at a segregated school. It's not like you have to go back, oh, well, he was just a community organizer back then. It was last month, he spoke at Morehouse College, an all black, all male college -- which by the way, I am in favor of such colleges. It could useful to patent (ph) trades to learning things.

And point three, if your mission is to prove that Obama is an even worst president than Jimmy Carter, mission accomplish, let's talk about immigration.

HANNITY: All right. Let's take a little trip down history. Now, I don't often quote the New York Times, do I?

COULTER: This better be about immigration.

HANNITY: No, this is about Obama, and he did an interview with Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times. This is what he said, ";I was a little Jakarta street kid,' he said in a wide-ranging interview in his office. He once got in trouble for making faces during Koran study classes in his elementary school, but a president less like to stereotype Muslims as fanatics and more likely to be aware of their nationalism if he once studied the Koran with them. Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (It will give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as "one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset."

Now, he went to a Muslim school. So, is a Muslim school, is that segregated? Does that encourage division?

COULTER: That is excellent point and all of those school children, particularly if they are -- if they did not complete the school and they have no education and no schools, they will be let in under Teddy Kennedy's 1965 immigration act. Where as the Irish children he was speaking too, if they go on and get degrees in engineering and become a doctor, they will not be let in under Teddy Kennedy's immigration law, which is the most important issue facing our nation in contrary to some other, -- not you, Sean, --television hosts.

Look, this isn't a done deal now, and I think a lot of people are being led into complacency by some TV host, saying, oh, yes, this is going to pass, this is going to become law. And John Thune said today, the calls are coming in and they are all on one side of this issue. And I didn't hear everything my favorite Congressman Steve King said in your prior segment, he totally has been leading the way on this, but I hope it is, and I think people when they call their senator should know this, or rather members of the House. We want no House bill, because even if they pass, just the fence bill, just an e-verify bill, it will go into conference with the Senate bill, come out amnesty and I'm sorry, but idiots like Paul Ryan will vote for you, add that to 100 percent of the Democrats, will pass right now.

And, you know, there are few others -- I mean, the -- being used its strange how whenever Republicans start pushing liberal ideas, they -- they start engaging in liberal argumentations technique i.e. lying, coming up with silly arguments, let's just take de facto amnesty. Well, OK, we have de facto amnesty for murderers in America, because thousands of murderers do not get caught every year. Do we grant them amnesty? How about people that don't pay their taxes? Are we giving them de facto amnesty?

HANNITY: I'm having a hard time understanding. Doesn't America have the right to be a sovereign country and secure its borders? Why isn't that even controversial? Why don't do you that first?

COULTER: No. Absolutely. It's going to take a while to have it done. As I said before, a fence isn't that complicated. We've been obliged to build it all this time. The fact that the fence is not being 100 percent built, that e-verify is not been put into place, shows that they are absolutely not serious.

I mean, the only reason the Democrats want this, the only reason is because it will help them electorally. And this idiot argument that somehow the Hispanics who live here are going to hate Republicans more. Look, every poll is taken, not only the 30 million new illegals, every poll says 80 percent of them will be voting for the Democrats. This is why Democrats want it. They don't care about these people. But if we don't give them amnesty, and they don't become citizens, they can't punish Republicans.

So, we're talking about 70 percent of 8.4 percent. Seventy percent are the percent that vote Democrat already, of Hispanic voters. Only, 8.4 percent of the electorate are Hispanic voters. And the argument is, they're going to dislike Republicans more. They are not voting for us now.

HANNITY: You know what I don't understand here, it's like Republicans are suckers -- and I don't trust the government. Every time there's a talk of a tax increase and spending cuts, you get the tax increase, never get the spending cuts.

COULTER: You are right.

HANNITY: You always get the amnesty, never the border control.

COULTER: No, that's right. That's why the patriotic House member's position has got to be until the Senate is in Republicans hands -- preferably Rubio-free, sorry -- we're not even going to pass a bill that mentions immigrant. And you should know that John Boehner secretly wants to pass amnesty, because these idiots consultants are telling him. Oh, it's going to be great (ph) boon (ph) for Republicans having thirty million voters who will never vote for a Republican. But they need fig leafs like this amendment in the Senate today.

It's an utter fig leaf to pretend this is going to secure the border, one border agent every thousand yards? All this is is more government workers, more pensions. It doesn't shore up the border, it's a fig leaf to allow Republicans who want the amnesty but don't want their voters to punish them. Punish them, voters. We do not want this amendment.

HANNITY: Good to see you, Coulter.

COULTER: Thank you. Good to be in studio.

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