Author Ann Coulter has shown no remorse for calling President Barack Obama a slur on her Twitter account following the third presidential debate.
Coulter went so far as to vehemently defend her usage of the word "retard," claiming that liberals were acting as "agressive victims," and the way she used the term was not offensive.
"Look, no one would refer to a Down Syndrome child, someone with an actual mental handicap, by saying ‘retard,’” Coulter told Alan Colmes on his radio show. “Where do you think the words ‘imbecile,’ ‘idiot,’ ‘moron,’ ‘cretin’ come from? These were all technical terms at one time. ‘Retard’ had been used colloquially to just mean ‘loser’ for 30 years. But no, no — these aggressive victims have to come out and tell you what words to use.”
Following her tweet, Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver said he hoped to educate people on the meaning of the word and how it offends people with disabilities and their relatives and friends.
“You’re allowed to be humiliating, degrading, and hurtful,” Shriver told Stephen Colbert in an interview, “and I’m allowed to petition you to at least recognize what you say and be aware of the option you have to stop.”
Liberals were not the only people who reacted negatively to Coulter’s tweet about Obama, as conservative columnist Michelle Malkin also referred to the comment as a “stupid, shallow thing to say.”
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