WASHINGTON — Sarah Palin created quite the stir late last week when she called for President Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to be fired over privately using the word “retarded” in a pejorative manner.
The former Republican vice presidential candidate, whose child has Down Syndrome, took to Facebook to launch a forceful attack on Emanuel, calling his words “indecent,” “sick” and “offensive.”
And if Emanuel’s use of the word in such a context is wrong, so must it be when conservatives do it, right? Apparently not.
Confronted with the fact that Palin’s fellow media star Rush Limbaugh has repeatedly used the word “retards” to describe those he disagrees with, Palin’s spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton emailed a response to The Plum Line‘s Greg Sargent.
“Governor Palin believes crude and demeaning name calling at the expense of others is disrespectful,” she wrote.
While some took this to mean she was criticizing Limbaugh, Palin later clarified that she was not, and explicitly defended Limbaugh’s public — and repeated — use of the word “retards” in a similarly crude context, while appearing on Fox News Sunday.
“They are kooks, so I agree with Rush Limbaugh,” Palin said, claiming Limbaugh was merely “using satire.”
“I didn’t hear Rush Limbaugh calling a group of people whom he did not agree with ‘f-ing retards,’ and we did know that Rahm Emanuel, as has been reported, did say that,” she added. “There is a big difference there.”
The context in which Limbaugh endorsed the use of the word is exactly that which Emanuel used it in — Limbaugh agreed with Emanuel’s labeling of some progressive Democrats as “fucking retarded.”
On his radio show, Limbaugh said: “Our political correct society is acting like some giant insult’s taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards, retards. I mean these people, these liberal activists are kooks. They are looney tunes. And I’m not going to apologize for it, I’m just quoting Emanuel. It’s in the news. I think their big news is he’s out there calling Obama’s number one supporters f’ing retards. So now there’s going to be a meeting. There’s going to be a retard summit at the White House.”
Emanuel’s comments received considerable attention in the press, invoking an apology from him.
Palin also strongly hinted Sunday on Fox that she may run for president in 2012, saying it would be “absurd” to “close a door” on the possibility.
“I would, I would if I believe that is the right thing to do for our country and the Palin family,” she said. “Certainly I would do so.”
On Saturday, Palin spoke at the first ever Tea Party Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, where she assailed Obama and called the movement “the future of politics.”
This video is from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast Feb. 7, 2010.
Trump can’t attack Kamala Harris without contradicting his own message: Bakari Sellers
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former South Carolina lawmaker Bakari Sellers broke down why Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) poses such a challenge for President Donald Trump.
"What we're seeing with the two parties is the narrow focus is going to be on the fact that Donald Trump and the Trump campaign have no way, and they do not know how to deal, with Kamala Harris," said Sellers. "It very difficult to say 'Kamala is a cop' and be a 'law and order president.' Those two things simply do not mesh. Not only ahistorical and inaccurate, but the messages, they collide."
"But second, it shows that the Republican Party and Democratic Party are going in two vastly different directions," continued Sellers. "The country is becoming more diverse, the country is becoming more brown. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris represent the demographics of what the country will be, and Donald Trump and Steven Miller and Mike Pence represent a day that's passed. So what I would say tonight is while Donald Trump and Mike Pence want to cheer on the Confederacy, we're trying to re-imagine what this country will look like. It goes back to a time where Americans can feel good about being first and about thinking about what our country can be: full of hope and faith."
WATCH: Tucker Carlson flips out after guest teaches him how to pronounce ‘Kamala Harris’
Fox News personality Tucker Carlson repeated mispronounced the first name of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who is Joe Biden's running mate.
"On Fox, Tucker Carlson keeps calling her KAM-uh-luh, which is not how it's pronounced," Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel noted.
He linked to a tweet with a picture of Harris explaining in her memoir how to pronounce her name.
Harris wrote, "my name is pronounced 'comma-la' like the punctuation mark. It means 'lotus flower,' which is a symbol of significance in Indian culture. A lotus grows underwater, its flower rising above the surface while its roots are planted firmly in the river bottom."
Bishop falsely claims Joe Biden is not a Catholic — and it doesn’t go well for him
On Tuesday, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island attacked former Vice President Joe Biden's faith, claiming that he is not really a Catholic.
Biden-Harris. First time in awhile that the Democratic ticket hasn’t had a Catholic on it. Sad.
— Bishop Thomas Tobin (@ThomasJTobin1) August 11, 2020
Biden is a lifelong, practicing Catholic, and he was also on the 2012 ticket, so Tobin's claim doesn't make any sense. But Tobin is an extreme right-wing firebrand with a history of politicizing the church — in 2007 he denied communion to former Rep. Patrick Kennedy for his pro-choice views, and in 2019 he called Gay Pride events "harmful for children" and demanded Catholics not attend them.