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Maher 'Retarded' Poke at 5-Year-Old Trig Palin Ripped by Mom

Image: Maher 'Retarded' Poke at 5-Year-Old Trig Palin Ripped by Mom Bill Maher, left, and Sarah Palin.

Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 12:39 PM

By Michael Mullins

Sarah Palin went after Bill Maher Wednesday night via Twitter responding to a report that the left-wing HBO host called her 5-year-old son Trig, who has down syndrome, "retarded" during a comedy performance Saturday night at the Palms Pearl Concert in Las Vegas.

Describing Maher as a "bully," the former Alaskan governor challenged him to meet her when she’s in his "neck of the woods this weekend."

Several hours later, Palin followed up her initial challenge to Maher with another somewhat threatening Tweet.

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Hey bully, on behalf of all kids whom you hatefully mock in order to make yourself feel big, I hope one flattens your lily white wimpy a#*.
The report stemmed from former Vegas television host, Ron Futrell, who was thrown out of the show after he began heckling Maher following the alleged comment.

Described as an "outspoken conservative" by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which broke the story, Futrell told the paper that he could not recall the exact context in which Maher allegedly referred to Palin's son as being retarded.

Futrell added that he was not surprised that Maher would mock special-needs individuals but was shocked that the audience would find it as funny as he says they did.

"I’ve got a son with special needs," Futrell said. "It didn’t surprise me that Maher said it. It surprised me that a lot of people laughed at that joke."

This isn't the first time that Maher has targeted Palin's son Trig.

In September 2008, Maher mocked Trig during a monologue of his HBO show, noting that she has five children including an infant "that has Down syndrome. She had it when she was 43 years old. And it looks a lot like John Edwards."

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Palin has long been a target for Maher.

In the spring of 2011, Maher joked "Did you hear this — Sarah Palin finally heard what happened in Japan and she’s demanding that we invade ‘Tsunami,' I mean she said, ‘These ‘Tsunamians’ will not get away with this.’ Oh speaking of dumb . . . ," he said, using a very vulgar term for women.

At the time, Palin responded to the above stated attempt at humor by referring to Maher, without naming him, as a "mosquito" on her Facebook page.

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