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Ann Coulter blasts SMPA director for biased moderating

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter debated MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell at Lisner Auditorium Sunday in an event hosted by student organizations like the College Democrats and the College Republicans. Zachary Krahmer | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Updated at 11:58 p.m.

Tension from Sunday night’s political pundit debate has not yet eased up.

Right-leaning political commentator Ann Coulter, who was brought to campus to spar off against MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell at Sunday’s debate, is lambasting the evening’s host for treating her like “a crazy broad,” the Washington Examiner reported Monday.

Coulter skewered School of Media and Public Affairs Director Frank Sesno for attacking her responses at the debate.

After asking her a question about the U.S. intervention in Syria, Sesno brushed off her answer responding, “I have no idea what you just said.”

She scoffed back, “You must not be very bright if you don’t understand.”

The debate was hosted by campus organizations including the College Republicans and College Democrats.

After the event, public relations chair for the College Republicans, Chris Wassman, also called out Sesno for biased moderating.

“If the moderator is getting applause, that says a lot of things,” Wassman said after the event. “He was obviously not fair.”

When asked about his reaction to Coulter’s answer, Sesno said, “I did seek to clarify Ann Coulter’s prior comment and no offense was meant.”

Sesno added that his role as moderator was to “help guide and clarify the discussion.”

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