Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had called a group of liberal activists “f—ing retarded” last August for planning to air ads attacking conservative Democrats critical of health care reform. On Monday, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin called for Emanuel to be fired for his “slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities.” Emanuel, who had actually apologized for the remark to Special Olympics CEO Tim Shriver the week before, now plans to host “a delegation of advocates, including two people with mental disabilities, at the White House” as part of his effort to make amends. Claiming Emanuel’s regrettable remarks gave him permission, hate radio talker Rush Limbaugh endorsed the language and said the liberal activists truly are “retards”:
LIMBAUGH: 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. Much like the beer summit between Obama and Gates and that cop in Cambridge.