Ann’s R word, and Mitt gets a beatdown

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by field negro

“I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) Oct. 23, 2012

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Oh my! Ann Coulter calls the president of these divided states a “retard”, and the next day she is on conservative talk radio and FOX NEWS as a surrogate for “Myth” Romney praising his debate performance. (More on that later.)

Ann outraged a lot of people- including her fellow conservative motor mouth, Michelle Malkin- but apparently she didn’t upset Mitt and his peeps, because we have yet to hear a renunciation of Ann’s words from them.

Americans with children with special needs are upset, because they found what Ms. Coulter said to be very offensive:

“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.”

It appeared to be a response to critiques of Mitt Romney’s debate performance, but 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. But sentiments from those who chose to respond to Coulter on Twitter ranged from disappointment to outrage. [Source]

The fact that Ms. Coulter’s tweet was favored over 1,200 times tells you all you need to know about the people on the right in this country who hate Barack Obama.

“You disgust me. That man is the president of this country. (& I’m sure all of the disabled children in America appreciate you.),” actor Sophia Bush tweeted.

“Politics aside, this tweet from @anncoulter was offensive & disgusting. ANY use of the “R” word is unacceptable,” @amurphy217 said.

The Special Olympics also condemned her use of the word, saying that it was “sad to see @AnnCoulter continue her use of hateful language by using the #Rword in her discourse.”

Honestly, I think that Ann, like her wingnut friends, was just frustrated with Flipper last night. I listened to the spin all day from the right about how he just wanted to seem presidential, but it didn’t work. Stevie Wonder could see that he got his ass kicked. When you debate someone, you debate; you don’t “stay above the snipping”, you snip back.

Barack Obama jumped into Mitt and never let go. Now we are hearing from his friends that he had a stomach virus. And his spinners all say that not fighting back was a part of his debate strategy. (Ask O how that worked out for him in the first debate.) I actually heard one conservative pundit say that “Romney was playing chess while Obama was playing checkers”. I guess that means that it only looked like he was getting his ass kicked, but in the wingnut reality he was not. Our eyes were deceiving us; it was a Mitt mind game and only the wingnuts could see it. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

“Gov. Romney, I’m glad that you recognize that al Qaeda is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia…The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”

Checkmate?

Editor’s Note: This commentary was originally published by Wayne Bennett, founder and dditor of The Field Negro blog. Wayne currently practices law in Philadelphia. As creator of The Field Negro, Bennett uses his blog to initiate critical thinking and dialogue within the Black community about a wide range of issues relevant to people of color. The Field Negro has received numerous awards, honours and has been featured in publications such as GQ Magazine, Essence, the New York Times; and the Los Angeles Times. Follow Wayne on Twitter @fieldnegro.

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