February 2nd, 2010
02:51 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin wants Rahm Emanuel fired

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/10/art.getty.rahm.emanuel.jpg caption="Palin says Emanuel should be fired over a recently reported comment."](CNN) - This time, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has gone too far, Sarah Palin says.

The former Alaska governor is calling on President Obama to fire his notoriously coarse top aide after a report in the Wall Street Journal last week quoted Emanuel as referring to liberal groups in August who attacked the president's health care plan as "F-ing retarded."

In a posting on Facebook, Palin says the language is not only "caustic [and] crude" but deeply offensive to those with disabilities. She also compares the choice of words to that of the "N-word" in reference to African-Americans.

"His recent tirade against participants in a strategy session was such a strong slap in many American faces that our president is doing himself a disservice by seeming to condone Rahm's recent sick and offensive tactic," Palin wrote.

"Just as we'd be appalled if any public figure of Rahm's stature ever used the "N-word" or other such inappropriate language, Rahm's slur on all God's children with cognitive and developmental disabilities – and the people who love them – is unacceptable, and it's heartbreaking," Palin also wrote in the post Monday evening.

Palin's youngest child, Trig, was born with Down Syndrome in April, 2008.

Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver has also taken issue with the language, sending a letter to Emanuel last week asking him to join his organization's campaign to end the use of the word.

The White House has not commented on Emanuel's reported language.


Filed under: Popular Posts • Rahm Emanuel • Sarah Palin
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Andrew

    Another chance for that hillbilly from the northwest to exploit her family for political gain......

    February 2, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. 1776

    Palin is proof that Emanuel is correct in what he said.

    February 2, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. teena

    Sarah palin talking about abusive people? Pot meet kettle!

    February 2, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. dkr

    Once again she's playing the victim. Poor Falin!

    February 2, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. dimes1

    I am in Rahm Emanuel's former congressional district and he was one of the most power hungry individuals that I have ever encountered. He is foul-mouthed, aggressive and gets his way by bulling people instead of working with them.

    He is the epitome of the Chicago "Boss" style of politics.

    I am not sure why Obama would want someone like Rahm around him. At some time he will become a major liability.

    February 2, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Bill

    "Conservatives" are politically correct, after all. Surprise, surprise.

    Ms. Palin, stop trying to make political hay with your child's disabilities. That is truly offensive.

    February 2, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. billy123

    Please who cares what sister Palin thinks. Please people you have to remember this is a fromer Governor who resigned before her term ended.

    February 2, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. Virginia Mom

    Waiting for Obama's response.... Buehler? Buehler?

    February 2, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Sniffit

    "Blah blah blah blah BLAH!" Palin is f-ing retarded. Can I get an amen?

    Gotta love this hypocritical crap:

    1. Never refer to the mentally disabled or people with down syndrome as "retarded" or "retards" BUT

    2. Every time you use the completely legitimate dictionary word "retarded," we are going to assume that's precisely what you're doing no matter what the context is.

    February 2, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Ken

    funny, I just used that same term the other day to describe her.

    February 2, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Anon

    lol, is this a joke? wow... comparing retarded to the N-word? Are you that out of touch with the world Palin? And that's Emanuel for you – firm to the point it will rage you. I bet he's getting a kick out of this too.

    February 2, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Babs

    And what about your despicable behavior on the campaign trail? The lies and the nasty innuendoes' that you put forth? Let's not be so judgemental Mrs. Palin. We don't stick the soap into our neighbors mouth until we've done so ourselves. You have to own up to your own dirty politics and I've yet to hear you do so.

    February 2, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Big Ed

    Well, well. Listen to to her! She is one to give advise on staffing issues. Can you say "Troopergate"?

    February 2, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. guest55

    I find a wanna-be president who knows so little about geography and world politics is even more offensive and much more dangerous.

    February 2, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. Average American

    Her preaching makes me sick. AND no one is surprised that she, and other tea baggers, want everyone in this administration fired. So, if they breathe the wrong way, they make a big deal about it.

    February 2, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. spider

    But it was OK for CHENEY while VICE-PRESIDENT to use the f-wordl

    February 2, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. James B

    Shut up Sarah Palin. It that statement he never mentioned your child or any child or person. So if I were to say that something is retarded or idiotic I should be fired ? Stop posturing for the office of the presidency and go away.

    February 2, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Maybe Sarah can whip up her nutty followers into responsive chants like, "Kill him," just like she did on the campaign trail.

    February 2, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. larry

    we want Palin to go away forever ....will that happen? for Palin to compare the word retard to the "N word" is a joke....just like she is. If we didn't have a black president she probably would have found another comparison...that doesn't speak very well of her.

    February 2, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. Anonymous

    I agree! The use of that word has become far too common in our language, and with that commonality the offensive has also grown, not diminished. A simple apology is not sufficient because his language illustrates his view of those with disabilities–one unfitting a member of the cabinet.

    February 2, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. RICO

    People are getting way to P.C. in this country. Kiss your freedom of speech good bye in a few years. Soon all we will be able to say to one another is Hi and Bye. Everything else will be offensive to someone.

    February 2, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. greg

    oh please. did she call for Cheney's firing when he used the 'f' word on the senate floor? why is this even news?

    February 2, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. Travis C

    I find Sarah Palin (and all of her tactics) sick and offensive. And how is this news? She has neither credibility nor a platform on which to stand. She's a part-time talking head for Fox News who also lent her name to a book that someone else wrote.

    February 2, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. Dan Vander Plaats

    Whether or not you back Obama or Palin politically, I hope everyone who reads this will see the problems with Emmanuel's comments. We like to believe that difficulty and disability are problems that we can and should keep at arm's length. Language like this is meant to accomplish exactly that, and continues to beat down the community of those with disabilities as though their differences inherently imply diminished value to society. Mr. Emmanuel has brought shame to his own use of language, and to his home state of Illinois, where I live, and where I work at Elim Christian Services, a 60-year-old agency dedicated to equipping people with disabilities to honor God and bless others.

    February 2, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. Mary Lou

    That is NOT Palin writing that, it is her "ghostwriter!"

    Rahm may have used that expression, and many people do but 99 9/10 % do not mean it in the sense Palin's ghostwriter is trying to say.

    Did Palin ever hold herself accountable for the racial and inflammatory speeches she made while campaigning that incited so much hate? OF COURSE NOT!

    Get off Rahm's back!

    February 2, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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