It's almost Halloween and the season of the witch, and Ann Coulter is celebrating the holiday in a big way.
The queen of mean columnist isn't backing down from calling President Obama a "retard" in several tweets following the third presidential debate, and she doesn't care if people are criticizing her for using the so-called "R-word" to insult him.
"Oh screw them," Coulter told Fox News radio network show host Alan Colmes Friday night, when he asked about the people who have spoken out about her choice of words. Hopefully that doesn't extend to John Franklin Stephens, a Special Olympics athlete with Down syndrome whose impassioned, classy letter to Coulter apparently didn't change her mind a bit about her hateful language.
Coulter tried to temper her language - well, not really - on the Colmes show, but she had to do a lot of talking around the foot in her mouth.
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. But no, no — these aggressive victims have to come out and tell you what words to use.
And as if that wasn't enough, she said there's no similarity between her use of the ugly word and other slurs and called her critics bullies.
I feel they’re being authoritarian bullying victims.
The controversy began when Coulter tweeted, "I highly approve of Romney's decision to be kind and gentle to the retard," and then again later by tweeting: “Obama: "Stage 3 Romneysia" - because cancer references are HILARIOUS. If he's "the smartest guy in the room" it must be one retarded room.”
Apparently, judging from the words she used on the Colmes show, she's not ready to back down - even if conservatives as well as liberals are speaking out against her language.
Oh, and as if this weren't all bad enough, she was on the Piers Morgan show Friday night, telling all who would listen that women shouldn't vote, giving her views on race in America, and all kinds of other contentious opinions guaranteed to offend someone, somewhere.