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Ann Coulter Calls President Obama 'Retarded'

Oct. 23, 2012


Ann Coulter

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter was tweeting during the entire debate.

Calling it boring, talking about popping No-Doze to stay awake, and how all Obama wants to do is hire teachers.

But then Coulter may have taken it too far in one of her last tweets of the evening -- she called the president of the United States retarded.

"I highly approve of Romney's decision to be kind and gentle to the retard," Coulter tweeted at about 9 p.m. Pacific time.

The 50-year-old author and syndicated columnist has described herself as a polemicist who likes to stir up the pot, so this comment is not far from her reputation.

She is, however, getting flack from the Twitterverse, and according to the Hollwood Reporter, fellow conservative Michelle Malkin also was dissappointed in Coulter: "What a stupid, shallow thing to say, Ann."

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Here are other comments made by people who felt Coulter's comment was inappropriate:

@PaulyDavid: @AnnCoulter and how exciting for your fans with loved ones who are mentally handicapped! SHOUT OUT!

@thomharp: @AnnCoulter Honestly, this is the most disgraceful thing I've ever read on the Internet or anywhere. Shame on you.

@bynkii: @hemantmehta there's a lot of money in pissing people off

@sign4baby: @AnnCoulter are you for real with this comment? I sure hope you are smart enough to have a PR person who fixes this. #badchoice

Others, however, are on Coulter's side. She had 2,880 retweets of the comment, and 1,164 favorited it.

What are your thoughts? Did she go too far? Or is this freedom of speech in full effect?

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