February 4th, 2010
05:17 AM ET
5 years ago

Palin aide: Perry adviser's remark 'crude' and 'disrespectful'

Sarah Palin is set to campaign with Texas Gov. Rick Perry this weekend.
Sarah Palin is set to campaign with Texas Gov. Rick Perry this weekend.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin is criticizing a Rick Perry campaign adviser accused of using the word "retarded" - but she isn't demanding that the aide be fired.

The accusation - made against top Perry consultant David Carney on Wednesday by Kay Bailey Hutchison's gubernatorial campaign - is of note because Palin is heading to Texas this weekend to campaign for Perry as he seeks a third term as Texas governor.

On Monday, Palin called on President Obama to fire his Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for using the very same word in a closed door meeting about health care negotiations.

Hutchison's campaign manager Terry Sullivan told CNN Wednesday that Carney repeatedly said "retarded" during a recent conference call between the gubernatorial campaigns to plan logistics for their Jan. 14 debate in Denton.

Earlier: Top Perry aide used 'R' word, Hutchison campaign alleges

According to Sullivan, Carney became "bombastic and agitated" when he learned that one of the candidate holding rooms would be in a separate building from the debate venue.

"That's just retarded," Carney said when he learned about the room location, according to Sullivan. "That's the most retarded thing I've ever heard."

Perry's campaign did not respond to a request to comment on the conference call.

Palin spokesman Meg Stapleton condemned the language as "disrespectful," but did not say that Carney should lose his job.

"While it seems few can comment on the veracity of the conversation, Gov. Palin believes crude and demeaning name calling at the expense of others is disrespectful," Stapleton told CNN in an e-mail.

Palin, whose youngest son Trig has Down Syndrome, wrote on her Facebook page Monday that the word "retarded" is "a slur on all God's children with cognitive and developmental disabilities."

She said Emanuel's use of the term, first reported in a Wall Street Journal article last week, was "heartbreaking" and merited his dismissal from the president's inner circle.


Filed under: 2010 • Kay Bailey Hutchison • Popular Posts • Rick Perry • Sarah Palin • Texas
soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. Simon

    If ever proof were needed that Palin doesn't write ANY of her stuff, this is surely it. This totally uneducated woman would not know what the term "cognitive and developmental disabilities" even means, let alone how to use it. These are technical words used almost exclusively by medical professionals. If she ever had to use the expression in a speech, she would probably have to spend a week just being taught how to pronounce the words. And why, oh why, does she HAVE to introduce the bleating note of "God's children" into the debate? Can you ever imagine her anywhere near the White House? "God told me to press those goddam nooklar buttons". If she ever got near the White House, the rest of the world would impeach the United States.

    February 4, 2010 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  2. Dale

    Again, this woman proves her idiocy, but hey with this clear proof of hipocracy and stupidity she's a shoe in to pass the GOP purity test.

    February 4, 2010 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  3. JERRY OLDHAM

    This is one of a few unfortunate "Slang Expressions" that have been around for years. It mainly depends on where in the country you live. People need to chill out and not be so sensitive over things that are said that are not a direct dirage against a specific person.

    February 4, 2010 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  4. Jello Morales

    Shows what kind of hypocrite Bible Spice is. I wonder what she is going to say about Jeff Christy/Rush Limbaugh's tirade from yesterday.

    February 4, 2010 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  5. Dave

    Sarah Palin is retarded

    February 4, 2010 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  6. Pragmatic

    As usual ... "fire" the democrat but just a few moments in the "naughty corner" for any republican who does the very same thing!

    Don't republicans ever realize that this typical behavior doesn't fool anyone! And that we are all tired of their unending hypocrisy!

    Just delete the "r" word from your vocabulary! Everyone's vocabulary!

    February 4, 2010 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  7. Don

    Using the word retarded bothers Palin but not Gov Perry wanting to have Texas leave the United States and form its own country? I guess that's too close to Todds position to be offensive.

    February 4, 2010 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  8. JP

    How politically correct does this country REALLY want to be? The word is RETARDED. They aren't saying "RETARDS" which would be an entirely different thing. Do the republican's have any idea what kind of language they use to talk about Obama? People who would call Obama a nazi know nothing of the history of white-supremacy and are never scrutinized for using a term that I find far more offensive than using the word "retarded" to describe something other than people. So when the democrats or one of Obama's people says "retarded", to Palin its grounds for an immediate firing. But then when a fellow republican uses the term, Palin sees little problem with it. Yet these people call themselves the defenders of American justice, yet they are EXTREMELY BIAS and do not understand FAIRNESS or what BALANCE needs to exist with JUSTICE. This is just pathetic on Palin's part.

    February 4, 2010 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  9. bob

    she is retarded.

    February 4, 2010 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  10. JR

    Seriously, you people are so easily led astray. This is a smokescreen to hide the real stories – her tax fraud, PAC fraud, Alaska Fund Trust fraud, Facebook fraud (bet you missed that – she clearly doesn't read or write her own posts). Sarah Palin is a grifter.

    February 4, 2010 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  11. Jimbob

    We need to stop using the word stupid! Over 150 million Amercians (50%) are of below average IQ and it is insulting to these fine Americans that we continue to use the word "stupid" to describe ideas that are less than ideal. Let's stomp out the S-word now and forever!

    February 4, 2010 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  12. Antonio

    Okay Sarah lets get this aid fired too!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2010 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  13. Chuck Van Bom

    I wonder if Palin is that PC about all the language she uses or just the one issue she has a connection with? Retardation is/was a medical term to described underdeveloped individuals. Seems only natural to describe the actions of others you find "underdeveloped" as retarded...like, "Sarah Palin is retarded!"

    February 4, 2010 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  14. Arthur A. Roberts

    These people are all retarded.

    This word has been used to describe idiots for at least five decades and they want to twist the definition around for political advantage. In case anyone hasn't educated these morons (a synonym for retarded) many words in the English language have dual meanings.

    Politically correct is not necessarily socially effective. It is a tool of the self-righteous to gain media share.

    Retards...

    February 4, 2010 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  15. Adam

    My God who cares! These sort of criticisms by Palin do nothing to help our country.

    February 4, 2010 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  16. Lou

    The usual Palin hypocrisy. At least now it's becoming obvious to everyone. Even her supporters.

    February 4, 2010 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  17. Gavin

    Nothing like blowing things out of context. Are we really that concerned about correctness, or is this just an excuse for publicity of Palin? The world shouldn't have to walk on eggshells just because a handful of people might get offended about something; it wasn't a malicious comment, suck it up.

    February 4, 2010 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  18. Lou from CT

    Hey Sarah – Nice double standard there...

    Rahm Emmanuel uses the "R" word and you stomp your feet and DEMAND that Pres. Obama fire him.

    Yet, when a Republican uses the "R" word, there very little condemnation and no demand for firing.

    Sounds like favoritism mixed with sour grapes to me.

    Sarah – as I have said before – don't go away mad, just go away.

    February 4, 2010 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  19. Double Standard?

    So it's only if the speaker is a Democrat that they should be fired.

    If they're Republican, it's just poor taste.

    And what about Rush Limbaugh's outburst using it repeatedly? Wha standard applies to him?

    Palin is the slow one.

    February 4, 2010 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  20. Mad Matt

    I have long thought the "R" word stood for "Republican". Considering the current political climate I believe choosing to be a republican is more offensive than the growing sensitivity to the other "R" word.

    February 4, 2010 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  21. Lisa in Costa Rica

    So Palin wants a Democrat fired but not a Republican for doing the same thing.
    At least Sarah's a consistent hypocrite.

    February 4, 2010 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  22. Tina in PA

    So did Rush but she didn't demand he be fire either. And of course she and her party ares the only ones aloud to call names and site bad behavior.

    Why does anyone take this woman seriously? She not consistant about anything.

    And, it was said she called her own baby retarded.

    Man, I can not stand much more of this unintelligent woman. It makes me sad that people stand up for this woman but don't want the american people to have decient healthcare.

    It's about people not idiots. Take that any way you want.

    February 4, 2010 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  23. Kizbah

    It's OK. He's a REPUBLICAN.

    February 4, 2010 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  24. DD

    I am so tired of Palin. WHO is she and who cares!

    February 4, 2010 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  25. Dixon

    Of all the politicians to call another crude and disrespectful this one is laughable. This idiot should listen to her own speeches. However, for Palin liar and self serving need to be added to her description.

    February 4, 2010 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
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