Rep. Duncan Hunter Endorses Ann Coulter's Hate Speech

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.

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