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Ann Coulter's backward use of the 'r-word'
Last month Ann Coulter said in a tweet last month that she didn't realize "how crucial the retarded vote is in this election."
October 23rd, 2012
05:07 PM ET

Ann Coulter's backward use of the 'r-word'

By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN

(CNN) - Parents of children with special needs are demanding an apology from conservative political pundit Ann Coulter for tweeting after Tuesday's foreign policy debate that she approved of "Romney's decision to be kind and gentle to the retard," in an apparent response to critiques of Mitt Romney's performance.

It wasn't the first time Coulter used the "the r-word" during this election season, and it's not the first time blogger Ellen Seidman has called her out on it.

"At this point, I'm thinking the woman must surely be aware that the word is offensive, and she chooses not to care. That's pretty vile and heartless," said Seidman, the mother of a special needs child who shares her world on the blog "Love that Max."

"You want to slam the president, go ahead. But you can't think of any other word to use? Come on."

Ending the r-word: Ban it or understand it?

The word "retard" demeans Max and millions more with intellectual disabilities, Seidman tweeted at Coulter. Still, the comment was favorited 1,215 times and earned 2,993 retweets as of this writing, presumably by a number of people who didn't find it offensive.

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  1. silentseeker1

    IN THE NAME OF GOD, THE COMPASSIONATE, THE MERCIFUL, look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the controversial teachings of arrogance, divisions and hatreds which have badly infected our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; reunite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish Your purposes on earth; that, in Your good time, all nations and races may jointly serve You in justice, peace and harmony. (Amen)

    November 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jorge

    Hey, how can we be sure Coulter isn't some neurotic tranny with a raging case hormone therapy gone wrong? That would certainly explain a LOT of things, I mean, just look at that ADAM'S APPLE!

    October 29, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. redflower

    Republican playbook

    October 27, 2012 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. tsimpsonian

    I just saw her defending this on CNN. As a friend of someone with downs who has a job supporting himself in the public and gets this kind of "retard" feedback on a regular basis, I am disgusted by this women. Utterly speechless and disgusted. Why do people listen to such a hateful excuse for a human being. There are plenty of conservatives with brains worth listing to – this one's bimbo blonde hair dye seems to have seeped into her brain and it appears to me she is actually referring to herself.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • YWalk

      Congress banned the use of the words "retard" and "retardation" in 2010 in federal health, education and labor laws in favor of using the words "intellectual disability." The American Psychiatric Association also plans to replace the term "mental retardation" with "intellectual development disorder" in the fifth version of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, to be published by in 2013.

      October 26, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Michelle Leonard

    All Americans should try to encourage Mitt Romney to speak out against Ann Coulter's use of the word "retard" to be spiteful and disrespectful towards our president twice in recent weeks. Political aggression is bad enough, but when it hurts innocent Americans-it is unbearable. Regardless of what party you are supporting, her comments are extremely hurtful towards the families in this nation who have mentally disabled children and adults. Please Mr. President, all republicans, all democrats, all undecideds, and those who aren't even old enough to vote, make your voice be heard. As divided as we are at this time, we should all unite on this issue. Let Mitt Romney know that his silence on this issue speaks volumes about his character. If Mitt Romney cannot get Ann Coulter in check, he is surely unable to run our country. If he is afraid of her, he certainly cannot lead our military. Let's use the type of strategy on StopBullying.Gov to try to make this stop. If our nation can unite with a strong message, the hurting can be stopped.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • rhino 1969

      This woman is simply trying to sell books. She is so ugly on the inside.

      October 28, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. michelle

    wow i cannot believe that you get air time with your offensive comments it is clear that you have not experienced a family member with special needs you are beneath the rock i found in lake superior yesturday shame on you you are educated????

    October 26, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Teresa

    Coulter – you are absolutely embarrassing. I can't believe you think you are worthy to listen to, or to read your book??? seriously???!!! retard is not a word you can use to describe ANYONE

    October 26, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jorge

    Oh dear, Mr. Coulter trying to speak for other men.

    October 25, 2012 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. llmb

    Well, I feel pretty lucky. I only have to hear from this "woman" once in a while, but she has to live in her head 24/365. What a nightmare that must be.

    October 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tesla

    All words are offensive! Blerg!

    A word only has power if you give it power. STOP GIVING IT POWER.

    October 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. pprty

    Why was this taken off today's news?

    October 24, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • redflower

      It's not news only offensive commentary. Totally agree she should not have been given the time of day on Piers Morgan–understand though why Fox wants her as a regular. This is the venum they dish out daily.

      October 27, 2012 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |