On the February 27 edition of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh claimed, "I do not recall anybody actively wishing, and I don't recall any movies, nor do I recall any books devoted to the subject of assassinating Bill Clinton, or Hillary, or the Vice President Al Gore." Earlier, Limbaugh -- while discussing comments posted on The Huffington Post weblog about a recent bombing attack on a military base in Afghanistan while Vice President Dick Cheney was there -- had stated that such hostility "is sick, and it resides exclusively on the left."
However, as Media Matters for America has documented, in her 1998 book High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case against Bill Clinton (Regnery, 1998), right-wing pundit Ann Coulter suggested that a presidential assassination might be an acceptable response to political controversy. In the book, Coulter wrote that the national debate during the Monica Lewinsky uproar should not have focused on whether President Bill Clinton "did it," but rather "whether to impeach or assassinate" him. Coulter's book was published by Regnery Publishing, which describes itself as "the nation's leading conservative publisher."
Limbaugh recently appeared with Coulter on "The Half-Hour News Hour," a right-leaning news satire program on Fox News.
From the February 27 broadcast of Premiere Radio Networks' Rush Limbaugh Show:
LIMBAUGH: Well, whatever it is, it is sick, and it resides exclusively on the left. And yet these people get away with this image of love and tolerance and compassion, humanitarianism, and all of this -- when they're just a bunch of sickies. When you read this, you're going to want to throw up. They're actually American citizens hoping for the assassination of the vice president of the United States. When you go back to the '90s, I mean there was, on our side of the aisle, there was a tremendous amount of disgust with Bill Clinton over any number of things. I don't recall anybody actively wishing, and I don't recall any movies, nor do I recall any books devoted to the subject of assassinating Bill Clinton, or Hillary, or the Vice President Al Gore. It's a new phenomena, and it's not just related to the Florida 2000 imbroglio and the aftermath. There are some sick, sick people out there, and this is all happening, by the way, after they won the election.
From Coulter's High Crimes and Misdemeanors:
In this recurring nightmare of a presidency, we 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.