Conservative author and columnist Ann Coulter joked on the Opie and Anthony radio show last Tuesday she "wouldn't really" attack Jesse Jackson for using the n-word when referring to President Obama. Coulter was referring to comments Jackson made during the 2008 presidential election on Fox News.
"Fox didn't go after Jesse like they should have either when he dropped that n-bomb," one of the hosts said. "He mumbled n****r, and he mumbled it, and they played it, but they didn't kill him for it like they should have."
"But that's because he was talking about Obama," Coulter jokingly interjected. "I wouldn't really attack him for that."
The hosts of the show then laughed, with one saying "Coulter" and another saying "Jesus."
"But it was a fair point," Coulter then said of the host's criticism of Fox.
In 2008, Jackson said off-air of Obama before an interview on Fox and Friends Weekend: "Barack…he's talking down to black people…telling n*****s how to behave." Jackson was not referring to Obama directly as Coulter seems to contend.
"I am deeply saddened and distressed by the pain and sorrow that I have caused as a result of my hurtful words. I apologize again to Senator Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, their children as well as to the American public," Jackson said in a written statement of the incident. "There really is no justification for my comments and I hope that the Obama family and the American public will forgive me. I also pray that we, as a nation, can move on to address the real issues that affect the American people."
Video of the Coulter's full interview have been embedded below.
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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