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Ann Coulter Misrepresents Her Own Book

Reported by Ellen - September 1, 2006 -

I don't understand why more Democrats don't confront Ann Coulter more aggressively more often. She crumbles in the face of any question she's not prepared for. Last night (8/31/06), Coulter was back on Hannity & Colmes one week after she cut and ran in the face of a few difficult questions from a substitute co-host. Last night, Alan Colmes questioned why she knocked a movie that portrayed a fictional assassination of President Bush when she didn't mind suggesting that it might be appropriate to assassinate President Clinton. In a fumbling, childish manner, the 44 year-old Coulter tried to make the case that she never advocated such a thing. But a passage from one of her books, available via Google, shows otherwise.

The quote in Coulter's High Crimes and Misdemeanors says: In this recurring nightmare of (Bill Clinton's) presidency, we have to have a national debate about whether he "did it," even though all sentient people know he did. Otherwise, there would be debates only about whether to impeach or assassinate.

Last night on H&C, Coulter seemed to be trying to argue, albeit with childish incoherence, that she had been saying that our legal system, compared to the old British system, presented an alternative to hanging when a president commits a wrong. But it's clear from the context of her book that she is at least somewhat wistful for the older way. You can read the quote, which appears on page 107 of the book, on Google here. You can click on the previous page and get the fuller context.