Ouch… Elizabeth Edwards called into to HARDBALL today to confront Chris Matthews’ guest, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter. Edwards said “that Coulter’s “personal attacks” on former senator John Edwards and others were based on “the language of hate.”” She was responding to the recent attack by Coulter on John Edwards yesterday on ABC’s Good Morning America. Coulter said, “[I]f I’m gonna say anything about John Edwards in the future, I’ll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.”
In 2003, she wrote a column claiming that John Edwards drove around with a bumper sticker saying “Ask me about my son’s death in a horrific car accident.”
During an hour-long interview with Coulter today on MSNBC, host Chris Matthews announced that Elizabeth Edwards was on the line. Edwards referenced the attacks above, saying, “I’m the mother of that boy who died. These young people behind you…you’re asking them to participate in a dialogue that is based on hatefulness and ugliness instead of on the issues, and I don’t think that’s serving them or this country very well.” The live audience cheered.
Watch the video here:
The full transcript is available here.
Crooks & Liars weighed in, as did Dustin Metzger on GTL; Candyschultz on Blondesense; Digby on Hullabaloo; Joe Gandelman on TMV; The Impolitic; and Mona on Unqualified Offerings. On the right leave it to wingnut Jules Crittenden to carry Coulter’s dirty baggage. All the buzz is, as always on Memeorandum.
UPDATE: The full HARDBALL transcript with Ann Coulter and the Elizabeth Edwards call-in slamming Coulter, is here.