Fox News website Fox Nation removed a column written by ultra-conservative commentator Ann Coulter, following backlash from the family of Sen. John McCain.
According to a report by the Associated Press, Coulter wrote in response to MSNBC’s Martin Bashir‘s comments suggesting Republican senators will not support stronger gun control laws until one of their own family members is killed. While Bashir did not name any names, Coulter wrote in her column, “Let’s start with Meghan McCain!”
McCain, a blogger who famously disagrees with her conservative father on several political points, went on a Twitter rant following Fox’s publications of the column. “Apparently Ann Coulter made a joke about me being killed in a recent column. I should expect nothing less but disgusted regardless,” McCain tweeted. “My father is a very famous politician. My family gets a lot of threats. Joking about me being killed really isn’t funny or appropriate.”
Her comments continue over the course of multiple tweets. “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,” McCain writes. “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.”
McCain’s mother, the senator’s wife, Cindy McCain, also lashed out via Twitter. “Ann Coulter needs to get a life,” writes Mrs. McCain. “Ann Coulter have one of your family members threatened.”
Fox says the column was removed because of the McCain reference.