During a question and answer session at the Conservative Political Action conference Saturday, conservative commentator Ann Coulter was asked what is more important to America's values: maintaining a strong relationship with Israel or "knowing there are jailed dissidents and journalists."
"What do you mean, 'knowing that there are jailed journalists?'" Coulter answered. "I think there should be more jailed journalists."
Coulter received a raucous round of applause from the audience for her response.
The comments were sparked by a question about why Coulter and other Republicans advocate for free elections in Iraq but warn against them in Egypt.
Coulter, echoing, said that pre-revolution Egypt was an ally of the United States and "you don't go around disturbing countries where you have a loyal ally."
Watch Coulter's comments above.