Ann Coulter Shrugs Off McCain Murder Joke: ‘Everyone Laughed’ [Video]

Ann Coulter is in the news lately for making a controversial comment. What else?

Earlier in the week, Coulter wrote a piece for Fox Nation which included a line that called for Meghan McCain’s murder. The line, which Coulter says she meant as a joke, read:

“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!)”

Some publications criticized Coulter’s comment while making excuses for Bashir (because he didn’t actually call for the death of anyone specific), but the only reaction that really matters is Meghan McCain’s.

McCain, the daughter of Arizona Senator John McCain and a blogger/pundit in her own right, responded to Coulter’s line in a series of tweets as soon as she caught wind of the off-color “joke.” Saying that she “should expect nothing less,” McCain offered her own send-up of Coulter:

“A little perspective this morning. People like Ann Coulter are part of the past and only live to spread hate and negativity. I literally couldn’t imagine living a life that seems so void of love, compassion, and perspective. Basically I get to wake up every day wanting to make this world a better place and people like her want to make it a worse place. I feel blessed to have not grown to be a person like that.”

During a Thursday appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, Coulter defended herself, saying that she was just “making a joke.”

“For one thing… that heinous thing Martin Bashir said, nobody knew about that until I added a joke, which is known as hyperbole.”

Hannity also criticized Bashir’s comments and said that he was “glad to hear [Coulter] doesn’t want to see children killed.”

“I think the exclamation point made it clear,” Coulter remarked. “And the fact that everyone laughed when they read it.”

Of course, no one can have a chance to laugh at it anymore, as Fox Nationpulled the post down.

Here’s video of Coulter defending her remarks. What do you think?

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