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October 29th, 2012
12:07 PM ET

Ann Coulter on using the "r-word": "I was not referring to someone with Down syndrome"

On Friday, the always controversial Ann Coulter refused to apologize for calling President Barack Obama "the retard" on Twitter.

A determined Piers Morgan tried his best to pull an apology from the defiant Coulter who insisted she had nothing to apologize for since her remark was not directed at the community of mentally disabled individuals who were offended by the tweet. "I was not referring to someone with Down syndrome," said Coulter. "I was referring to the president of the United States."

"I didn't call the president a Down syndrome child," continued Coulter. "I used the word retard the same way people use idiot, cretin, moron and the rest of them which were all once technical terms and I had it with the language police."

Watch the clip and listen to the interview as Coulter explains why the "r-word" is not the same as the "n-word."
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  1. Paul

    2:00 into the interview Ann Coulter states "You know no one would call a Downs Syndrome child a retard." That is so typical. Does she really beleive that no one has ever called a Downs Syndrome child a retard. No. She symply beleives that she is the final arbitor on what is true and untrue. Facts be damned. I said it so it is true. She is pathetic. She is an abosolute joke.

    October 29, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bonnie

      I think cretin is a good word to describe Ann Coulter. She is all about Ann and making Ann money.

      October 30, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Becky Nichols

      It is absolutely ridiculous for Ann Coulter to say that calling someone a "retard" is the same as calling them stupid or an imbecile. If she wanted to say that President Obama was being stupid, or silly – she could have easily have chosen one of those words. She chose to do otherwise for the shock value. I find it disgusting that she is a Republican representative on the Hannity show and speaks horribly not only of our President, but people with disabilities and all Democrats in such hateful way. I work with four amazing men who are non verbal and, according to Ann, are "retarded". I learn more from them every day than they could ever learn from me. I encourage this "B" word to work one day where I make my living. "F" off C word.....

      October 31, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • whatev

      all this talk about a stupid word is retarded

      February 8, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. colonel rupert

    if this woman doesn`t know what is offensive about the word she should not be stuck in front of a microphone. what a pot stirring imbecile she is.

    October 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • ruby

      @colonel rupert
      "if this woman doesn`t know what is offensive about the word she should not be stuck in front of a microphone. what a pot stirring imbecile she is."

      Imbecile : A person of moderate to severe mental retardation having a mental age of from three to seven year
      Retard : A slowing down or hindering of progress; a delay

      Now which is more offensive calling somebody an 'imbecile' or calling somebody a 'retard' – or is it really all about what side of politics you belong to ! The word 'retard' is used in the English speaking world, it is well intrenched in the vernacular and not specific to those who are mentally challenged, unless of course they wish to take ownership of the word. If we have to refrain from using this word, which seems to be the trend of the left, then surely the same should be said of the following words; idiot, stupid, moron et al. And, how about you list all the words you feel are "offensive" and we will see what we can do ! Drop the victimhood mentality and stop being so precious !

      October 30, 2012 at 2:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • jess

        Exactly! I hadn't heard of this woman until i read this just now but if person A calls person B a retard, you shouldn't automatically look to your disabled friend, person C. You are then the one who has connected an offensive term with the disablity.

        October 30, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
      • Kiki

        Ruby – if you are going to quote definitions to make your point, do it properly. Do you really think this Coulter woman was suggesting that Obama was slowing down or hindering progress? If you did, it would be rather ironic in a discussion about different words to describe stupidity! The definition you give is for the VERB but, as most of us know (those of us who are not apologists for this right-wing fame-wh***) this word has become a noun that is used to denigrate people with mental or learning difficulties. Here is a definition for the NOUN retard from Merriam-Webster: often offensive : a retarded person; also : a person held to resemble a retarded person in behaviour. If you want to go the Urban Dictionary route, you get: 1. A person with a mental deficiency 2. An offensive term used to refer to someone acting in an irritating or generally stupid way.

        So, given that people who have suffered from being called this all their lives are saying they are offended and hurt by her use of this word, let's support them and put pressure on this repulsive excuse for a human being to apologize. As for calling her names, well, all of this started by her doing just that to the friggin' President! Furthermore, after watching her pathetic attempt to wiggle out of the widespread condemnation she is getting (great job on pinning her down Piers!) I'm not sure that calling her an imbecile isn't just a plain statement of fact! (imbecile: From Latin root meaning feeble-minded of weak and/or insufficient mental capabilities.)

        October 30, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Julie

        Ruby, the word 'retard' where the accent is on the second syllable (as in 'flame retardant') is the way you pronounce the word that is commonly accepted and no one takes offense at it. It is a VERB not a noun.
        It is when the word 'retard' (accent on the first syllable) is used as a noun, NOT the previous medical term of 'mental retardation', that can be offensive.
        I believe that it doesn't matter what word people use, if all they care about is someone's IQ, then they will never understand why calling someone an imbecile, dumb, stupid, or retard is a problem.
        It doesn't matter if the 'word police' get rid of the word 'retard' and/or 'retarded' and replace it with 'developmentally delayed' or any other term. The bottom line is that people who don't really care about how their words hurt anyone (and actually make their living saying nasty things like Coulter) will end up saying things like "Dude! You are so DELAYED!" or "Romney should have been nice to the delayed"
        It would be interesting to see how she would feel if people started calling mean people 'coulters'....

        She will never get a clue....funny, though how she thinks of the 'n-word' as a "curse word"....but that used to be a term used to describe a group of people; just like imbecile, idiot etc.

        Well said Amy Wu....

        October 30, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
      • KT

        Perhaps we should stop and think about common courtesy when addressing others and part of this is avoiding name calling. Certainly someone with Ann Coulter's credentials should be able to express herself in an appropriate fashion, without resorting to such tactics. Additionally, she is talking about the President of our country. He deserves respect whether she wants to admit it or not.

        October 30, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cindy Smith

        I completely agree. Of course CNN will never portray the truth, especially prior to elections where they want to promote their candidate of choice. What CNN also failed to bring into the discussion on this was that with the democratic pro-choice movement (abortion on demand), many children, including special needs all across the spectrum like the young man who was shamefully paraded with his handler by CNN on national TV. That was reprehensible, and mores than the allegations made against Ms. Coulter.

        November 8, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cindy Smith

        I completely agree. Of course CNN will never portray the truth, especially prior to elections where they want to promote their candidate of choice. What CNN also failed to bring into the discussion on this was that with the democratic pro-choice movement (abortion on demand), many children, including special needs all across the spectrum like the young man who was shamefully paraded with his handler by CNN on national TV, might not even be born, given the pro-choice movement. That was reprehensible, and mores than the allegations made against Ms. Coulter.

        November 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • EDA

      I I don't understand what the big fuss is about. There is nothing wrong with using the word "Retard", like she said its a synonym to Slow. I don't understand how that means she is talking about ppl with Down syndrome.
      Calling a perfectly healthy person retarded or saying he is acting retarder-ly is just a comment directed to the perfectly healthy person. I don't see why a person with Down Syndrome should be offended by that comment, it was not directed towards him/her. I have also not seen any person with these syndrome speak out against this, its ppl who somehow have become the judge and juror of what is offensive or not..GIVE ME A BREAK!!

      November 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Julie

        EDA: you are clueless. Many of the people who have spoken out are parents or siblings of those who love someone with developmental delays or disabilities.
        You shouldn't speak of that which you know nothing about. READ THIS letter to Ann Coulter on this very topic from a Special Olympics athlete who happens to have Down syndrome

        Re-read all of the comments and perhaps you will get the grammar lesson you so sorely need as well as the understanding from the 'other side of the fence'. TRY, just TRY to see it from the other point of view...put yourself in the shoes of someone with Down syndrome or any other developmentally disability

        November 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ginger

        Ann supporters, let's not argue about the language police. Let's agree to disagree and be civil. However, if one of my children spoke in this manner, I would be quick to remind them of their manners and present them with a bar of Ivory soap. I will not tolerate indirect, direct, or any insults to others, President of the US or not. I am raising responsible, respectful and educated citizens.

        November 8, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joan from SD

    I have enjoyed your show SO MUCH, PiersMorgan! I am a true nightly viewer. BUT THAT LOSER Ann Coulter does NOT deserve to be on your program! You have now LOWERED your STANDARDS by having that woman on. PLEASE do NOT invite her back. The "r" word is NOT a technical term, as she tried to pass it off as. It is an INSULTING, derogatory term. Any educator will tell you that! THANK YOU for standing up to her and confronting her on it! And once again, please DO NOT invite her back to your award-winning program. That is the only way I will continue to watch you!

    October 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. kevin

    She is so full of it.

    October 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Ellen

    yea Ann you were referring to the President not the r" people but didnt you think for a while that when you said that word alone, it is very offensive, come on, do you have your own brain?" huh! Be Considerate, you have to apologize, period!!!

    October 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Chuck

    Best thing to do to Ann is not invite her on these type shows. She relishes the media attention and used the "r" word intentially to create this craze around her. She knows shes wrong and does not care......

    October 29, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. James R Meadours

    Dear Everyone As person who have this word thoughtout my life. She just does big bully who try get what the want in there life. People with ID flight for going school and to live in community also do things we like to do.I would tell her in her face words does hurt. James R Meadours

    October 29, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jane

      Good for you James, don't let them get you down.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. kerry

    I've got a word for you: Ass-bag. Definition: Ann Coulter. Please ban her from your show she's....that a-word

    October 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Trevor Amon

    Ann Coulter, obsessed with the use of the word "retard" and just can't let it go. She could probably get away with using a word like "moron", or "imbecile", and certainly "idiot", but because she was a younger person in the Eighties when the word "retard" was thrown around by immature teenagers to bully other teenagers she can't let go of the compulsion of using the word in 2012, regardless of who it offends or why. A true hard core Republican through and through: unwilling to compromise, or to admit a wrong, or to apologize. How sad.

    October 29, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Aaron

    Wow, this lady is such a...i cant even begin to describe how terrible of a person she is. how does she still have a career?

    October 29, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Winston Smith

    Quit being such a bunch of retards. You know what she was saying and if you don't then maybe you are developmentally challenged. It's crazy that the word police are so busy focusing on the words chosen instead of the substance. If you say that Barack Obama is a moron or a retard I think everyone but the willfully obtuse know what is being said. She chooses words specifically because of there power and Ann is right on the money. Try disagreeing with her premise if you can follow what she is saying.

    October 29, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marie

      We get how she meant it. The point is that she should choose her words more wisely. If she wants to remain in the public eye and speak to an audience, she should get with the times. The fact is that this word has, over time become extremely derogatory to people with developmental disabilities. You know this, I know this, she knows this. This isn't news. Long story short, this word offends a lot of people; a formal apology is certainly in order to even begin to redeem herself. Chances are, her choice of words would have been very different if she or someone in her family had a developmental disability.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • phoebe

        This is such a trivial matter, I thought Americans were all for 'free speech', obviously I was mistaken – And, I had not realised just how easily Americans appear to take offense, especially on behalf of others. Would you have been quite so offended had Joy Behar uttered that word, I think not, fyi its called 'selective' outrage!

        October 30, 2012 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. Carol Atkinson

    How could a woman like this generate respect and why would any audience find her a persuasive thinker – certainly not on the evidence here? Ugh

    October 29, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Michelle Huck

    I know I will not ever read anything by her or watch any of her air time...let's shut her down. She can only survive if we listen.

    October 29, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • lynn

      first of all, FREE SPEECH comes with consequences, second that ann c. person is not smart enough to get that she is dumb

      November 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. vic leone

    Thought she did a great job with Piers. She should have him on her show more often!!!

    October 30, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. vic leone

    BTW, don't get flustered. The correct term is MENTALLY CHALLENGED.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Donna

    It's sad how some people cannot get off their high horse long enough to empathize with those they marginalize. To *not* use a word would be to save people the grief and the humiliation of being disrespected. To use the word, which could be replaced with so many like she pointed out, would degrade those with disabilities. I wonder which path is the best choice if you're considering being a good human person and not mutilate your right to free speech.

    Language police? Try being a bit more sensitive. :/

    October 30, 2012 at 3:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. ajwuwu

    Dear Ms. Ann Coulter,

    I am not the “word police” and I am not here to tell you what you (and others) can or cannot do. But I would like to tell you how your word choices make me feel.

    Ms. Coulter, you most likely do not have a parent, sibling, relative, or friend that is intellectually delayed, so you may not understand the emotions involved upon hearing “retard” used in the vernacular. Please allow me to explain. When you (or others) say the word “retard”, it makes me think of my little sister, Sally, right away. Sally happens to have Down syndrome. Because you do not have a little sister who is intellectually challenged, you did not have to cry from overwhelming confusion when she was born. You do not have to make 30-minute long phone calls to schedule appointments with special doctors, only to discover that the earliest appointment is several months away. You do not have to send her to school everyday fearing that she will be bullied for her distinct looks, for her limited mental capacity, for riding the “short bus”. You do not have to fight extra hard with the school system to ensure that she is provided a fair education. You do not have to research about becoming an adequate legal guardian for her when she turns 18. You do not have to agonize over the fact that others can easily take advantage of her. You do not have to worry about what the rest of her life will look like – whether she will find a job, where she will live, or if she will have a significant other to love. You simply do not have to endure the difficult job of taking care of her.

    You say the intention of your tweet was not to target people with Down syndrome. But no matter what your intention was, your carefree “retard” exclamation was at the expense of inflicting pain among many. The hardest part of my job in taking care of my sister isn’t any of the above. The hardest part of my job is protecting her from people…like you.

    I do not expect you to apologize, or change your mind, or do anything else to indicate regret for your actions…because it seems that the thousands of previous attempts by others were unsuccessful in finding a heartstring of yours to tug on. But at the very least, I will become one of those thousands of people that tried.

    Best regards,
    Amy J. Wu

    October 30, 2012 at 4:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Waris

      This was very beautifully written.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kiki

        Very well said. It makes my heart sad to think that, in this day and age, people like your sister still have to fight for what the rest of us all take for granted, but at least she has a sister like you to help fight her corner. Good for you!

        October 30, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  18. Waris

    So since she hates the language police, is it okay if people call her a c**t? Just asking .....

    October 30, 2012 at 7:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • coulterrules

      Thank you!!!!!

      Someone else with some common sense and a sense of identifying hypocrisy.

      November 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. chris

    This woman, ( and anyone defending her) need a lesson in tact. She is a fu**** right-wing nut job.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Julie

      Using the Rword has nothing to do with being right wing....the 'president' of Chicago (Rham Emmanual) has used the same word, except his use included an f-bomb in front of it.....there are nut jobs on both sides of the aisle!

      October 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • coulterrules

      "This woman, ( and anyone defending her) need a lesson in tact. She is a fu**** right-wing nut job."

      Exactly what I mean here.....perfect point. Definitely NOT ok for Coulter to speak in GENERALITIES about someone who OBVIOUSLY ISN'T MENTALLY RETARDED.

      But Mr./Ms. Chris here? Perfectly okay to throw out "fu***** right wing nut job" to describe someone. Mr./Ms Chris here is definitely one of the CIVIL and TOLERANT, ENLIGHTENED progressives.

      Game. Set. Match.

      November 1, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. maria

    Ann Coulter: an ugly woman, both inside and out.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • gabby

      Must be hard being so perfect !

      November 9, 2012 at 4:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. susie & Pat

    I agree she's both ugly in & out but if she would have used moron over the "R" word those of us who have or are related to someone w/ Down's like my Pat wouldn't have been offended. At least most of us (like I was)would anyway but some PEOPLE would be offended by anything she said since most of what she says is mean & nasty. Oh also yes my child has been called the "R" word & even worse so it hurts. Ann should go visit a special ed program to learn some manners but then it's probably a lost cause on her (as well as many others.)

    October 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. jarsl29

    It May be a trivial matter for you because you may or may not be offended by the word, well I'm not american but using "Freedom of Speech" as an excuse to be able to badmouth the President of United States and using a word that may potentially hurt or degrade people whether it was intentional or not is absolutely Wrong in my Point of View. it may be a Bit "Selective" but for an Educated and Influential Person to say such a thing about a person of interst especially on one of the most influential Places on the wed is calling for trouble.

    October 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Christina DeBello

      Thank You!
      When did Freedom of speech become more important that compassion or empathy?

      October 31, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Keith Davis

    You're right! She should have referred to him as a Luddite. Far more accurate. Anyone trying to use the economic and political philosophy written in 1840 by the only economist I know of who died a pauper and whose philophies were tried and failed miserably in the last century, is, minimally, a Luddite.

    October 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Dave F.

    Coulter is an immature, bigoted, egomaniacal, self-promoting clown (aka the female version of Rush Limbaugh). Other than the fact that she apparently doesn’t try to eat every last donut she can find, her only real difference with Rush is her self-recognized status as an intellectual. She’s really a pseudo-intellectual who spends the bulk of her time alluding to obscure historical figures (like comparing Obama to Robespierre) in a lame attempt to impress everyone (I suspect she’s really try to convince herself that she’s not the empty suit clown that most people think she is). She’s totally exposed her immaturity with her insensitive “retard” comment. Calling Obama a “retard” is a few steps up from saying he has “cooties”.

    October 30, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  25. NOBAMA2012

    Romney must link Obama's premature reaction to a looming Hurricane Sandy with a press conference on Sunday, a full day before the storm made landfall, with that surrounding the attacks in Benghazi. He needs to ask why the response this time was so quick. He must be the one to ask that question! He needs to make the point that Obama looks like a guy with a poor grasp of two different situations.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • s0ul

      You are truly a moron that watches only Faux News. Romney claims to be a moderate but, he panders to the far-right that he refuse to answer some simple questions.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Julie

        Take your political polarization somewhere else! This is about Ann Coulter using the R-word...even if she used it in regards to someone in politics....

        October 31, 2012 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  26. Christina

    SHe is an ignorant PIG and she disgusts me! The word retarded is an old outdated term that was used in the medical community to refer to an individual with developmental disabilities. They are not stupid!!! They are playing the hand they have been given. Any one of us including her is a stroke, a car accident away from being developmentally delayed. If you net stupid you ignorant ____ than use the word stupid, ignorant, dumb....shall I go on. The word retard is beyond offensive!!!! It just makes her sound like and ignorant B____! Even the medical community does not use this term. This is hate speech no matter how she tries to spin it. By the way I have a disabled daughter who is non verbal and non mobile and she is so much more than this woman will ever be.

    October 31, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Christina DeBello

      sorry Meant not net*

      October 31, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Edith Givens

    What examples are we setting when we let members of the senate talk about out ou r president on national tv.Look at John mccain ,come on let's be real people. Have we lots our mines that we have to let people know that we are that afraid of people of color . (Dummies )

    October 31, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Julie

      Edith, what country have you been living in for the last 40+ years? Carter, Ford, Nixon, Bush, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush have ALL been 'talked about' by Senators and other politicians who do not share the same beliefs of policies and procedures. Have you ever studied the founding of this country? The opposing opinions of the day debated and discussed and attacked each other from all sides. They just used better words than Ann Coulter.
      As you can clearly see it has NOTHING to do with color, (unless they were all afraid of white people) so take your race card and go home!
      I'm sure you can find some very interesting tv footage from 4+ years ago where a then Senator from IL 'talked about' our President' on national tv. What excuse can you give Barack Obama (D-IL) for that? Was THAT racist?
      Like I said, take your race card and go one is playing that game anymore!

      October 31, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  28. E.Givens

    Please tell me why the media let people like GOP supporters get by with the disrespectful remarks about any president. Take Rush off the air ,Ann send her back to the getto, John Mccain, no respect for him anymore.

    October 31, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Julie

      Let's see Edith, it's because it's America and we have the right to free speech and we can disagree, even if it's not done with civility and manners, with the people in power in our country.
      If you want to live somewhere where no one can say anything bad about the person running the country, I suggest you try one of many countries in the middle east, or pick your favorite communist country in Asia...then move there for a few years and see how you like it.

      November 1, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Coulterrules

    I'd be willing to bet half the hypocrits on here who are bashing Ann's use of the R word have used it in the last year. Like maybe in a job, where a decision or procedure has been mean to tell me that ain't none of you all DIDN"T say to your coworker in the next cube, "That's retarded." As they say on ESPN, Come on Man!!! This just goes to prove you can't say anything anymore. Next thing you know you won't be able to say "Dumb"....after all, didn't that describe mute people? Another example of the Progressive left, THE ENLIGHTENED ones grasping at straws to bring down a conservative woman. Where's the outcry about Michael Moore saying Romney needs "C*ck punched?" And everyone here is clamoring about a term used in generalities. Ummm Hm. I see.

    November 1, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Julie

      Coulterrules – I'm going to sound like your mom, but I can't resist. "If all your friends were jumping off of a bridge, would that make it ok for you to do it too?"
      I have not used the 'R-word' in that way in at least 10 years, I am not part of the Progressive Left, nor am I trying to bring down a conservative woman.
      Your ignorance of people who work with, or love someone with special needs is especially glaring. Most people, once they come to understand how hurtful it is TO PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS to use the word 'retard' in a derogatory way toward a typically developing people, stop using it all together.
      People with developmental delays, in general, don't go around trying to disparage others, make others feel worse or prove themselves better than others by using nasty terms that denigrate another person. Without overgeneralizing, they are decent, hard working people, who have to work harder to accomplish some of the things that typically developing people take for granted. I am SURE that it not what Ann Coulter meant when she referred to Obama as 'the retard'....because he displays NONE of THOSE positive traits.

      November 1, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Coulterrules

        You're not seeing the forest for the trees JULES. It's obvious and even Ray Charles can see that Obama is NOT a person with DOWNS SYNDROME. I think Ann knows that too. Not trying to get in her head like Piers here, but I think she knows that. So she is using a general term to describe him as a stupid person. It's a generality. Obama isn't special needs, therefore, how can this be seen as a slam on Downs Syndrome?

        Again, Maureen Dowd called Tea Partiers, "Extra Chromosomers" so save your heartwrenching rhetoric until there is outcry about this and all the other examples of Democrats, including Obama (Special Olympics remark).

        All this is is an attempt to bring down YET ANOTHER conservative women (i.e., see Malikin, Palin, Whitman, Ann Romney, etc). That's all it is. Never any outcry towards Bill Maher or anyone else. NEVER. So do I wish she'd apologize for the comment? It wouldn't hurt. Should she? Nope, never. The left thinks what they say is funny and everyone laughs.

        So yeah, I agree, SCREW THEM (like Ann said to the language police)

        November 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Mona sidler-hosios

    According to the Oxford dictionary, this is the definition of " retard" which ms. coulter uses so frivolously:
    Pronunciation: /ˈriːtɑːd/ offensive
    a person who has a mental disability (often used as a general term of abuse).

    I did not scan all of the previous comments so it is possible that this was already mentioned. What I find striking and alarming about the snippet of the interview that I just watched is how this woman goes to great lengths to not only defend her actions but consistently alludes to the fact that we all think like her.what a horrid role model she is for the current and future generations.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Sharon

    I have 5 grandchildren under10 years of age that are corrected when they use offensive language. Please stop buying her books........until she apologizes. Maybe that will be her "time-out".

    November 1, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Coulterrules

      That's fine to boycott someone or something for which you disagree with, and I support that. But again, if you are going to call for a boycott of someone, be sure you are consistent and also stop watching or supporting BIll Maher for calling Sarah Palin a C word.

      Fair is far. It's obvioius that Obama is NOT DOWNS SYNDROME!!!!!!!!!! Coulter called him that KNOWING THAT. Has noone walked outside and heard this term being thrown around and used to describe people or occurrences that are seemingly stupid?

      November 1, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Julie

        Coulterrules – NO one IS Down syndrome....people HAVE Down syndrome, but they ARE NOT Down syndrome. Down syndrome the collection of traits that can be exhibited by people who have an extra copy of the 21st chromosome. So it is IMPOSSIBLE for ANYONE to BE Down syndrome...that's like 'being cancer' or 'being a heart defect' or 'being a broken leg''s just not possible.
        Someone calling Sarah Palin the c-word doesn't involve anyone other than Sarah Palin and a body part. When you refer to someone as a 'retard' you are telling the whole world that something or someone that is 'seeming stupid' (your words) is like a PERSON with a developmental delay. That developmentally delayed person is not even involved in your evaluation of the situation or person that you are calling a 'retard' or 'retarded', but you are basically saying that ALL developmentally delayed people are 'seemingly stupid'....what did someone with Down syndrome (or any other developmental delay, as Down syndrome is not the only cause of DD) do to be drawn into someone's nasty, mean spirited insults about something that they see as useless, stupid, broken, or unwanted? Try putting yourself in the shoes of someone with special needs. Join the Best Buddies program and maybe you will come to understand.
        Just because everyone is doing it doesn't make it RIGHT!
        The irony of everything that you say, is that you have painted me to be a bleeding heart liberal, which couldn't be further from the truth!
        I don't have a problem with a strong woman, but a truly strong woman doesn't have to use mudslinging and name calling to prove herself a strong woman.
        Oh, and just so you know, I don't watch Bill Maher for the exact same reason, and I have spoken out about him calling people 'moron' and having Down syndrome just because they did something that he deemed 'less than intelligent'. I'm pretty sure I commented about the 'Extra Chromosomer' comment as well.
        So, don't assume you know what you are talking about.....because obviously you don't.
        The forest that you can't see is that people who are 'retarded' are NOT STUPID and THAT is the whole problem!

        November 2, 2012 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  32. Gator

    Ever hear of the word Boycott, don't buy her book (not selling anyway), if shes on a show don't watch, turn. I understand shows need to fill there time slot, they're giving her the stage. Media, shows all have a bottom line and need ratings. I'd rather look a something positive than that.

    November 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Jean Johnson

    Retardation is a mental issue – a thinking issue. Seems to me – Ann Coulter is the definition of someone with a thinking problem....beside enjoying being a low class bully. She needs to take a look at herself. And she might want to catch up with reality while she's at it....Her techniques are oh so 1900's – the truth shall set you free in the 2000's.

    November 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Jean Johnson

    Ann Coulter – Personality Disorder Individual – AVOID.

    November 1, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Bethany

    I work with people daily who would be offended if I used that word to refer to anything, even a person without a disability. The word has no use in someones vocabulary. Come on lady, wake up! It wouldn't hurt to aplogize and say you were in the wrong= problem resolved!

    November 2, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Janette Todd Parker

    the interview with Ann Coulter followed by the interview of the young down syndrome person (I think his name is John) was one of the most powerful interviews I have seen. The contrast of the truly hateful Coulter followed by the very intelligent and thoughtful young man was remarkable in revealing the character of both people. John actually thanked Coulter for giving him many new friends who responded to his letter that went virile on the Tube. He said she could be his friend too. One evil, hateful person and then a truly wonderful response. I don't know how Piers kept his cool with Coulter although he did try to give reasons that her remarks were not appropriate.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Jannygrace

    Coulter's vocabulary is woefully lacking if this is the best word she can summon to spew her vitriol. This woman (if indeed she is a woman) seems to lack any semblance of basic humanity or decency. The response to her evil rants probably only fuels her insane babbling, so it would be well if she were totally IGNORED. With any luck she will wither away from lack of attention.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Nathen

    the fact remains that most use the word retard and idiot without thinking further or considering consequences, in her position as a educated female, appearing in the media should have a better vocabulary base as many people of the public would be exposed to such idiotic responses.

    November 4, 2012 at 4:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Belle T

    Absolutely, no problem with this comment. The falsely offended are not those with actual mental challenges but are still mentally challenged nonetheless, which has and had no bearing on Ann's opinion that Barack Obama is a retard. After all that diversion I get to ask myself how I feel about the President? Ann's choice of words finally cuts through the hypnotism at least.

    November 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Julie

      I don't know who was falsely offended, but those of us who actually were offended either work with or love someone is either developmentally delayed or disabled.
      Did you read all the comments? Did you SEE the link to the Special Olympic athlete with Down syndrome who posted an open letter to Ann Coulter on the Special Olympics blog? Guess not....that would make you informed!
      Just to be clear, I am NOT an Obama supporter, but I sure as heck don't agree with Ann Coulter. I would think that someone who makes her living using words would figure out a way past her obvious severe language deficiency by getting a thesaurus and coming up with a much better word to describe Obama.....

      November 4, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Sick of pc

    Everyone wants to be a victim! Let me help you.
    Buncha retards! Or, shorthand. TARDS! Now, complain away.
    There is nothing wrong with saying that. You just want there to be something wrong with it. I don't doubt that I will be called many different things for presenting my thoughts, but I don't mind. No offense taken. Fire away.

    November 4, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Julie

      Sick of's not about pc, really it's not. It's about people. It's about having a REAL vocabulary that is above text short hand (which you obviously haven't risen above). There really IS something wrong with saying you know anyone who has a developmental delay or disability? Probably not.
      Hopefully no one will call you any names, it's not about name calling. It's about showing people who think there is nothing wrong with calling someone a 'retard' or worse yet the shorthand 'tard' that there really is someone behind the word that you are using and don't think anything of...and it hurts them and they don't always stick up for themselves, but those who love them will.
      What difference does it make to you to not use those words for a week or two? NONE! TRY IT! Try thinking differently about people....instead of putting them down, try putting yourself in their shoes...maybe you won't even want to use those terms anymore.
      I hope that you will read all of these comment and put yourself in the shoes of some of the commenters that don't share your opinion. Empathy and sympathy are a sign of maturity....something you really need.

      November 4, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Michael Schwers

    Now that the President has been reelected, who is the "retard" now Ann? Enjoy your next 4 years at FOX news,,,,

    November 7, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Roger Keulen

    Can i use the F-word now ?

    November 14, 2012 at 7:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Becca

    What a pathetic and disgusting excuse for a human being. For someone whom seems so educated, she is completely void of any intelligence.

    November 24, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  44. OJ

    She is just looking for a cheap way to market her book.

    December 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  45. LukeBiere

    Ann Coulter, Glen Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'reilly and the rest of the right wing nuts are some of the smartest business folks in America and they know it, the more bigoted and hateful they sound the bigger their bank accounts get, its all games and the only winners are them.

    December 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  46. docktf

    Definition of RETARD

    transitive verb


    : to slow up especially by preventing or hindering advance or accomplishment : impede

    December 29, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    Every year, one child in every 800 to 1,000 births will be born with a condition known as Down syndrome. Down syndrome is a disorder in which the child has extra genetic material. This extra genetic material causes the baby to develop differently in the womb. This abnormal development occurs during the early stages of cell division, soon after conception.'

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