Saturday, March 03, 2007

coulter uses gay slur to describe john edwards

Conservative columnist Ann Coulter had a few choice words to describe Democrat John Edwards, former senator from North Carolina and currently a second-time candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, at a conference hosted by the American Conservative Union.

“I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word ‘faggot,’ so I — so kind of an impasse, can’t really talk about Edwards.”

By the rehab reference, Coulter refers to actor Isaiah Washington, who entered rehab after using the gay slur about "Grey's Anatomy" co-star T.R. Knight (once on the set of the series, and a second time while defending himself at the Golden Globes). Knight later said he was in fact gay.

Edwards' campaign manager David Bonior, in an email to supporters, said that Coulter's comments about Edwards, a married man, were "outrageous" and "no accident." He advocates using "one of the worst moments in American politics" to raise $100,000 for the Edwards campaign.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean issued the following statement:

“There is no place in political discourse for this kind of hate-filled and bigoted comments. While Democrats and Republicans may disagree on the issues, we should all be able to agree that this kind of vile rhetoric is out of bounds. The American people want a serious, thoughtful debate of the issues. Republicans–including the Republican presidential candidates who shared the podium with Ann Coulter today–should denounce her hateful remarks.”

You can see the video for yourself at Think Progress.

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