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Ann Coulter offers insight on Hillary Clinton's latest woes, Washington's amnesty debate

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," February 18, 2015. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: More woes for team Clinton. A new report by The Wall Street Journal reveals Hillary -- she has a lot of explaining to do over foreign donations made to the Clinton Foundation.  According to The Wall Street Journal, quote, "The Clinton Foundation has dropped its self-imposed ban on collecting funds from foreign governments and is winning contributions at an accelerating rate, raising ethical questions as Hillary now ramps up her expected bid for the presidency."

Joining me now, author, columnist Ann Coulter. Between that and Orgy Island, they've got problems!

ANN COULTER, AUTHOR, COLUMNIST: Ethical questions with the Clintons?

HANNITY: Shocking!

(LAUGHTER)

COULTER: No, I think she'll have a lot of ethical questions. I mean, her main problem, it seems to me, besides the whole everything about the Clintons, is that she's not a very likable person. She was the odds-on favorite the last time. And oops, the Democrats ran off with a new trophy wife, Barack Obama. I think what is more important for a Republican victory is whom the Republicans choose.

HANNITY: Who would you like them to choose?

COULTER: Not Jeb Bush, along with most voters. I'm sort of -- I hope the Wall Street crowd doesn't watch your show because, boy, they're going to be wasting a lot of money on Jeb Bush.

HANNITY: You don't think he'll win?

COULTER: He is polling below Donald Trump in New Hampshire. And usually, this far out the, the polls don't mean that much because it's just a matter of name recognition. In fact, a few years ago, I went through my column where people were polling 18 months before the election, and it was all names that were never even in the top 10 because what was it? It was name recognition.

I don't think you can argue that Jeb Bush does not have name recognition. So the fact that he's polling -- he has higher unfavorables and far more than Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. His unfavorables are about 50 percent, his favorables in the 30s. Hillary, and again, not a likable person, but...

HANNITY: Who do you like?

COULTER: ... it is also the case...

HANNITY: Who do you like?

COULTER: ... that only seven percent of Americans -- and this has been true -- I mean, going back to 2006, when the last Bush, thus the name recognition, tried to foist amnesty on the country, Americans keep telling pollsters they don't want amnesty. They voted out Eric Cantor, as I wrote in my column this week. How many ways -- what do we have to do to convince politicians we don't want amnesty? Make it a host on "The View"?  We can't get them to do what they said they were going to do!

And as I said in my column, every one of these guys, including Mitch McConnell and all the establishment Republicans, even Lamar Alexander said, Vote for us Republicans and we will block Obama's executive amnesty.  Well...

HANNITY: A court did temporarily...

COULTER: Yes, well...

HANNITY: ... at least, but I think -- I think successfully.

COULTER: Yes, but I mean, most people don't even know. And I'm a little irritated with Fox News for this, with 10 hours of original programming every single day, that we haven't heard for two weeks Senate Democrats have been filibustering...

HANNITY: I talked about it.

COULTER: ... the GOP -- OK, well, thank you. I think we can talk about it maybe a tenth as much as ISIS...

HANNITY: Right.

COULTER: ... because if you want to cover Muslim atrocities, you can do that from 1632 until the end of time 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

HANNITY: Well, we did the whole issue...

COULTER: There are always going to be Muslim atrocities! Whenever the media starts obsessing with ISIS, I think you're hiding something. And you're hiding something on the Democrats, who themselves, when they're running for office, say, Oh, no, of course I don't support Obama's executive amnesty. Now they're down there filibustering it! Do Americans even know that?

HANNITY: Three separate times. They're on vacation this week.  They'll come back next week. Now here's the question -- 

COULTER: A lot of these, you know, alleged Republican spokesmen or news analysts, I guess I'll say, oh, no, well, Republicans can't do anything, they can't do anything, because it will shut down the government.  It won't shut down the government. The government is fully funded. 

HANNITY: Agreed. 

COULTER: It will -- a few secretaries won't go to work at the Department of Homeland Security. And 90 percent of the employees there are essential personnel. They can't be let go. There's no risk. So I don't want to hear from these Republicans, oh, we can't. We gave you a majority.  You said give us a majority, we will block executive amnesty. OK. You got it, Republicans. 

HANNITY: They have two constitutional powers. Power of the purse and also advise and consent. President wants a new attorney general. I would use both of those as the leverage that we gave them -- 

COULTER: And also, I mean, the House did pass a good bill. But I think we could use a little more explanation from Republicans. Look, even if you think we shouldn't be hounding illegal aliens to get them out of the country, I don't think most Americans even understand that what Obama's amnesty does is give them Social Security cards, give them work permits, and give every illegal alien $25,000 from the U.S. treasury. Did Americans sign up for that? And why aren't Republicans talking about that? 

I mean, the media is in the tank for amnesty true, but the media's in the tank for global warming. The media was in the tank for, you know, indicting the officer in Ferguson. The media is in the tank for that mattress girl up at Columbia. It doesn't work in any of those cases. Why?  Because the public hates the media. So how about Republicans get on TV and attack the media and tell them what's really going on with this executive amnesty? 

HANNITY: That's why you're here. Thank you. 

COULTER: You're welcome. 

HANNITY: Ann coulter.

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