Elizabeth Edwards phoned into Hardball last night as Chris Matthews hotsed an hour long Love Fest with Ann Coulter.Ã‚Â
At CPAC, Coulter basically called Edwards a “Faggot” and on Good Morning America this week, Coulter said when she refers to Edwards in the future, it would be to wish he were killed in a terrorist attack.Ã‚Â The worst of it was a Coluter column from three years ago when Coulter “joked” (if I can even say that) that Edwards had a bumper sticker on his car that read “Ask Me About My Son’s Death in a Horrific Car Accident.”
Elizabeth Edwards called in to ask Ann to stop with the personal attacks as it lowers and debases the political dialogue.Ã‚Â Ann viewed it as Edwards asking her not to speak, which isn’t what she said.
You can see the YouTube video here:
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Here’s a Transcript:
MATTHEWS: You know whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s on the line? Someone to respond to what you said about Edwards yesterday morning. Elizabeth Edwards. She wanted to call in today, we said she could. Elizabeth Edwards, go on the line. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re on the line with Ann Coulter.
E: Hello Chris.
M: Do you want to say something directly to the person whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s with me?
E: IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m calling Ã¢â‚¬â€ you know, in the south, when someone does something that displeases us, we want to ask them politely to stop doing it. I would like to ask Ann Coulter to Ã¢â‚¬â€ if she wants to debate on issues, on positions Ã¢â‚¬â€ we certainly disagree with nearly everything she said on your show today Ã¢â‚¬â€ but it is quite another matter for these personal attacks. The things that she has said over the years, not just about John but about other candidates, lowers our political dialogue precisely at the time that we need to raise it. So I want to use the opportunity, which I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get much because Ann and I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hang out with the same peopleÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
C: I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have enough money.
E: Ã¢â‚¬Â¦to ask her politely stop the personal attacks.
C: Okay, so I made a joke, letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s see, six months ago, and as you point out, they have been raising money off of it for six months since then.
M: But this is yesterday morning, what you said about him.
C: I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t say anything about him, actually, either time.
E: But that Ã¢â‚¬â€ Ann, Ann, you know thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not true, and once more, this has been going on for some time.
C: And I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mind you trying to raise money. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s better this than giving $50,000 speeches to the poor just to use my name on the webpages. But as for a debate with me, yeah, sure. Yeah, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll have a debate.
E: IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m asking you politely to stop, to stop personal attacks Ã¢â‚¬â€œ
C: How about you stop raising money on your web page then? No, you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to because I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mind.
E: I did not start with that. You had a column a number of years ago where you suggested Ã¢â‚¬â€ wait till I finish talking pleaseÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
C: Okay, the wife of a presidential candidate is calling in asking me to stop speaking.
M: Let her finish the point. Let her finish the point.
C: YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re asking me to stop speaking? Ã¢â‚¬Å“Stop writing your columns. Stop writing your books.Ã¢â‚¬Â
M: Ann, please.
E: You had a column several years ago which made fun of the moment of Charlie DeanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s death and suggested that my husband had a bumper sticker on the back of his car saying, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ask me about my dead son.Ã¢â‚¬Â This is not legitimate political dialogue.
C: This is now three years ago.
E: It debases political dialogue. It drives people away from the process. We canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have a debate about the issues.
C: Yeah, why isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t John Edwards making this call?
M: Well, do you want to respond? WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll end the conversation.
E: I havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t talked to John about this call. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m making the call as a mother. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m the mother of that boy who died. My children participate Ã¢â‚¬â€ these young people behind you are the age of my children. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re asking them to participate in a dialogue that is based on hatefulness and ugliness instead of on the issues, and I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s serving them or this country very well.
M: Thank you very much Elizabeth. You wanna respond? You have all the time in the world to respond.
C: I think we heard all we need to hear. The wife of a presidential candidate is asking me to stop speaking. No.
M: No, she asked you to stop being so negative to people individually.
C: Right, as opposed to bankrupting doctors by giving a schyster Las Vegas routine in front of juries based on science Ã¢â‚¬â€ wait, you said IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d have as long as I would have, then you instantly interrupt me.
M: Go ahead, go ahead.
C: As I was saying, doing these psychic routines in front of illiterate juries to bankrupt doctors who now canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t deliver babies, and to charge a poverty group $50,000 for a speech. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t talk to me about how to use language.
E: Ã¢â‚¬Â¦the language of hate, and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to ask you again to politely stop using personal attacks as part of your dialogue.
C: Okay, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll stop writing books.
E: If you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t write them without them, that is fine.
M: Why do you call out HillaryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s chubby legs in your book? Why do you Ã¢â‚¬â€ this may fall under the category of personal attacks, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know, but why do you do that? Why do you talkabout Monica LewinskyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s chubbiness? If she were skinny, would it have been okay?
C: Um, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know, read the sentence.
E: I read the whole sentence. I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t feel the context.
C: Well you have to give it to me and I could explain.
E: Why do you make fun of HillaryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s chubby legs?
C: I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to have to give me the sentence.
M: ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s in the afterword of your book, I just read it this morning.
C: Then read the sentence.
M: WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be back and read the entire sentence. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll come right back. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know why weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re reading Ã¢â‚¬â€ the full intellectual context will be coming in just a moment.
From friends who met the Edwards’ in Irvine Monday, they are a classy and principaled couple.Ã‚Â