Despite receiving flack from liberals and some conservatives for referring to President Barack Obama as “the retard” in a tweet, conservative commentator Ann Coulter showed no remorse for using the word. In an appearance on Alan Colmes’ Thursday radio show, first flagged in a rare catch from Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, Coulter scoffed at her critics, saying “Oh, screw them.”
“No, of course I don’t,” Coulter, the author of Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama, said when asked by host Alan Colmes if she regretted the tweet. “I regret — one regret at this moment is that I’m not promoting my book, Guilty, subtitle: Liberal Victims and Their Attack on America. Liberal victims are the biggest bullies of all. Look, no one would refer to a Down Syndrome child, someone with an actual mental handicap, by saying ‘retard.’ 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,” she continued. “But no, no — these aggressive victims have to come out and tell you what words to use.”
Colmes referred to John Franklin Stevens, a 30-year-old Special Olympic athlete, who reacted to Coulter’s tweet in a blog post by asking why Coulter would use the term “retard” as an insult.
“I do not need to be told this,” she said. “I was not making a joke about Special Olympics the way our president did, by the way. It would be one thing if I said in my tweet a joke about Special Olympics, a joke about Down Syndrome. No one would call someone with Down Syndrome ‘retard.’ I call you a ‘retard.’”
Coulter also dismissed comparisons to the use of retard and the so-called “n-word.”
“Oh, screw them,” she responded. “That’s what they feel I do? I feel they’re being authoritarian bullying victims.” (OPINION: Coulter: Why don’t white liberals vote for black politicians)
“This is the other thing about liberal victims — they always claim, like the Jersey Girls, to speak on behalf of all the victims of 9-11. No you don’t, you big bullies.”
Coulter maintained she would not be bullied by the so-called “word police,” and explained that some weren’t actually as offended as they pretended to be. They were “as happy as they can be,” she claimed, because they “get to jump on their high horses.”