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Rep. Duncan Hunter Endorses Ann Coulter's Hate Speech

Amanda Terkel: In an pathetic attempt to pander to the extreme right, Hunter defends Coulter's right to make fun of John Edwards' dead son.
This post, written by Amanda Terkel, originally appeared on Think Progress

Yesterday on MSNBC's Hardball, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) defended Ann Coulter's attacks on John Edwards, including that she wishes he "had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot."

He said that Elizabeth Edwards's calls to stop making "personal attacks" against her family were attempts to "silence conservative voices." He added that Coulter "is a very articulate spokeswoman for the conservative view" and "closely approaching that level of being a great American." Watch the video on your right.

It's hard to understand how Hunter justifies calling Coulter a "great American." She has repeatedly made anti-gay slurs, compared Muslims to members of the Ku Klux Klan, and advocated assassinating President Clinton. These extremely hateful views aren't what characterize a "great American," or even the majority of conservatives.
Amanda Terkel is Associate Editor for The Progress Report and ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress.