Quick hit: Ann Coulter is the worst person in the world

[Trigger warning for ableist slur]

Do you remember when Donald Trump struck out at New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski by mocking him during a campaign speech? Kovaleski committed the dual sins of having arthrogryposis, a congenital joint contracture, and for calling bullshit on Trump’s claims that thousands of Muslims were celebrating in New York after 9/11. Trump later denied that he was mocking Kovaleski, saying that his twitching, flailing, stammering impersonation was actually “mimick[ing] what [he] thought would be a flustered reporter[.].” In her new book, In Trump We Trust, Ann Coulter agrees that he wasn’t mocking Kovaleski, but her position is that he was doing an impersonation of a “standard…” No, I just can’t.

(Seriously, stop reading now.)

Trump denied knowing that Serge was disabled, and demanded an apology, saying that anyone could see his imitation was of a flustered, frightened reporter, not a disabled person. It’s true that Trump was not mimicking any mannerisms that Serge has. He doesn’t jerk around or flail his arms. He’s not retarded. He sits calmly, but if you look at his wrists, you’ll see they are curved in. That’s not the imitation Trump was doing—he was doing a standard retard, waving his arms and sounding stupid: “‘Ahhh, I don’t know what I said—ahhh, I don’t remember!’ He’s going, ‘Ahhh, I don’t remember, maybe that’s what I said!'”

(You were warned.)

Yup. Ann Coulter 1.) defended Donald Trump 2.)’s indescribably ableist impersonation by 3.) insisting it was not targeted but was, in fact, a “standard [redacted],” 4. who, she says, is characterized by “waving [their] arms around and sounding stupid.” Which is why she feels he should be president.

And that’s why, today at least, Ann Coulter is the worst person in the world.


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3 comments for “Quick hit: Ann Coulter is the worst person in the world

  1. Wordwizard
    August 29, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    It’s not remotely true, either, that it was an imitation of a “standard [ANYTHING]”. Putting aside the language used, I’ve never seen anyone but Trump behave like that. So what does that say about Trump?

  2. Peter Castle
    August 30, 2016 at 9:14 am

    [Content note for ableist slur -- not that the commenter is bad, but that the quoted language is b -- I'm doing the best that I can here. - C]

    Coulter’s defense of Trump, as she said in an interview, was that he was only doing “full-on spastic retard,” thinking that doing that is perfectly OK.

    Totally warped!

    See “Mocking Spastic Retards is OK” at http://wp.me/p4jHFp-gf.

  3. Fat Steve
    September 4, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Whilst I loathe hyperbole, I certainly understand the sentiment in this comment: Just to be clear, this is the “standard’ (i.e. dictionary) definition of “retard” (as a noun):

    NOUN

    Pronunciation: /ˈriːtɑːd/
    informal, offensive
    A person who has a mental disability (often used as a general term of abuse).

    Abusive, offensive…what else do you need to know about the comment?

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