Ann Coulter has joined the esteemed ranks of desperate TEApublicans taking a recent Martin Bashir quote out of context and twisting it into something sinister. Coulter (overachiever that she is) took it one step further, however, and reacted by making a “joke” about John McCain’s daughter being killed, in a blog article which was originally posted to the Fox website, but has now been deleted.
Coulter wrote in her column,
MSNBC’s Martin Bashir suggested that Republican senators need to have a member of their families killed for them to support the Democrats’ gun proposals. (Let’s start with Meghan McCain!)
The tasteless quip was in response to a hypothetical question Bashir posed on his show Monday about what it would take for Congress to pass reasonable gun-safety laws. In a discussion with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Bashir simply asked if lawmakers having a personal experience with gun violence would make them take the issue more seriously and do what Americans are overwhelmingly in favor of–enact background checks and bans on high-capacity magazines.
Here’s the transcript, courtesy of MSNBC:
Martin Bashir: Congressman, nobody is suggesting that the law should only be defined and developed by the victims of crime, but this is now something that 90 percent of Americans strongly support. So are these Senators simply too frightened of the NRA to do the people’s bidding?
Rep. Cummings: I tell you, Martin, it’s incredible to me that you can see a father like that in so much pain and even have the knowledge of 20 beautiful children being killed in their own classroom and then try to stop the debate. I mean that, Martin, I’m wondering where…what is that about? Even Senator McCain said that there’s something wrong with this picture that his fellow Republican Senators are trying to block debate. I mean, don’t even want to talk about it!
Rep. Cummings: I hope not. I don’t wish this pain on anybody.
She continued, “My father is a very famous politician. My family gets a lot of threats. Joking about me being killed really isn’t funny or appropriate.”