Elizabeth Edwards vs. The Wicked Witch of the Right

This post, written by Nico Pitney, originally appeared on Think Progress

Elizabeth Edwards confronted right-wing pundit Ann Coulter during a live interview on MSNBC this afternoon, charging that Coulter's "personal attacks" on former senator John Edwards and others were based on "the language of hate."

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." She has previously called Edwards a "faggot." 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 it:

Responding to Edwards, Coulter first inexplicably claimed that she "didn't say anything about [Edwards]" on the previous day. Then Coulter tried to claim that Edwards just wanted her to "stop speaking" and stop writing books, but Matthews rebutted her, saying, "No, she said you should stop being so negative to people individually."

When her first two attempts to spin the situation faulted, Coulter then launched into another baseless, personal attack, accusing John Edwards of "bankrupting doctors by giving a shyster Las Vegas routine in front of juries...doing these psychic routines in front of illiterate juries to bankrupt doctors who now can't deliver babies."

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