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Sweeney Disgusted with Ann Coulter Tweet

The state Senate president lashes out at a tweet by political commentator Ann Coulter that described President Obama as a "retard."

New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney voiced his outrage Tuesday about a tweet by conservative political commentator Ann Coulter during Monday night's presidential debate.

At one point during the debate, Coulter tweeted, "I highly approve of Romney's decision to be kind and gentle to the retard."

Her words drew the ire of many, including Sweeney, a Democratic state senator who sponsored legislation to remove the word "retard" from New Jersey laws and regulations in 2010. Sweeney, a West Deptford resident, also has a daughter who attends school in the Gloucester County Special Services School District.

In his statement, Sweeney said:

It really does not get any more despicable than this. I honestly don’t know if there is another person on this planet as shameless as Ann Coulter. She has no morals, no boundaries and no sense of common decency.

Her thoughtless remarks are meant to provoke and draw attention to whatever latest nonsensical ultra conservative rant she is peddling. I really have no words to describe her other than just a horrible person. I guess going after 9-11 widows was not enough for her. She now has to attack people with disabilities too.

This is not only insulting to millions of people across the country, but to me, it is personal. I have worked hard to scrub that word from our vocabulary forever, and with good reason: words matter. If Ann Coulter wants to get out from behind Twitter and have a face to face discussion with me on why she wishes to insult my daughter and the millions of people with developmental disabilities in this country, I will have it anytime, anywhere, any place.

Adding to the insult, Coulter detractors say, is that this isn't the first time the instigative commentator has used "retard" publicly. She did so in August and September, The Hollywood Reporter says

As in times past, advocacy groups denounced Coulter's use of the word. "Sad to see @AnnCoulter continue her use of hateful language by using the #Rword in her discourse," tweeted the R-word Campaign, a movement to strike "retard" from speech.

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Sean McCullen October 24, 2012 at 09:32 PM
To the two commenters whose comments I just pulled down: The First Amendment may allow you to leave comments that include profanity (you can't mask it, either, Joe) or call other commenters slobs and other derogatory names without fear of imprisonment or other penalty by government, but it doesn't bar me, as the editor of this private news/community site, from pulling them down. Keep it clean, folks. Thanks in advance.
Michael October 25, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Sean, may I ask why my comment from yesterday is still "pending approval"? I used no profanity, didn't call other posters derogatory names and I kept it clean. I did however quote Sweeney and the words he used and you published in the article. Is this a basis for keeping my post "pending approval' ?
Sean McCullen October 25, 2012 at 01:03 PM
No clue. I've got nothing showing as "pending approval" at the moment on any articles, nor did I see anything as "pending approval" from you, that I can recall, yesterday or earlier this morning. Not to mention, this article is set to auto-approve all comments. So, your guess is as good as mine. Re-post it.
Michael October 25, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Hmmm....strange. I did have one of those type IT days yesterday. :) here it is again: Pending Approval Michael 3:53 pm on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 "She has no morals, no boundaries and no sense of common decency." WOW! Sweeney just described my thoughts about him exactly! No morals, no boundries and no sense of common decency.
Paul J. DiBartolo October 25, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Mr. Sweeney, have you read Mr. Obama's interview in Rolling Stone? Does it concern you that the President of the United States has no qualms in calling his challenger a B.S.'er but in much more colorful language? Does it disgust you, Mr. Sweeney? Guess who the taxpayers of NJ are disgusted with, Mr. Sweeney? Oh, wait, Ann Coulter is a conservative and votes Republican. On the other hand, Mr. Obama is a leftist and a Democrat. Okay, it all makes sens now.

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