No matter what you think of President Barack Obama, it is pretty insulting that Ann Coulter has tweeted multiple times that he is a "retard," which began following the third presidential debate (which, for the record, polls said he "won). While we are generally pretty forgiving when people make insulting comments and then apologize for them, Coulter has instead decided to double down.
She went on Alan Colmes' show of the Fox News radio network (Coulter has worked with Fox News in the past) and said ”oh screw them," when he asked her about her critics. "Look, no one would refer to a Down Syndrome child, someone with an actual mental handicap, by saying ‘retard.’" she said, apparently not familiar with the kind of things children say about one another.
"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 stated. “But no, no — these aggressive victims have to come out and tell you what words to use.”
In the tweet in question on October 22, she said, "I highly approve of Romney's decision to be kind and gentle to the retard."
The Special Olympics has criticized her insensitivity. Commentators on both sides of the political spectrum have criticized her.