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. american patriot

    By the way.
    He should be fired along with Summers and Geitner and Bernake.

    This President is hiding and aiding the corrupt BANKSTERS

    February 2, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. chris l

    just like the rest of this administration, holder is incompetent. he should definitely be fired

    February 2, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Lalaland

    Go back to the dinosaur era Palin!

    February 2, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. Tim

    I must be in the twilight zone this morning. Sarah Palin is calling for Rahm Emanuel's firing because of something nasty he said about ultra-liberals? One wonders what sorts of things Palin herself–and her most ardent followers–would say about such people behind closed doors.

    February 2, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. FAYE, NV

    Palin where was you when a Sen referred to people in need and animals. I am offended that you would try to compare that to the N...word. Your comparsion was poor and you could have made a different comparsion.

    Therefore, shut the hell up. Don't you ever use any silly comparsion to the African race.

    Offended by your statement!

    February 2, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Brian

    Even though Palin is right about the causticness and insensitive use of the word. Her example of the n word is not parallel at all and shows her naivete. This isn't a fireable offense. Merely political posturing by someone who has really no idea what she's talking about...ever.

    February 2, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. CeeCee

    Palin- Get a life and stop being so divisive and a hater.

    February 2, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Allison29

    Everybodys gone too far in Sarah's book. . . .she needs to focus on her own daughter, talking about going too far!!!!

    February 2, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Cynthia, NJ

    She is messing with the right one now. Choose your battles wisely Mrs. Palin.

    February 2, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. MidniteTweek

    Gee, where's the liberal outrage now?

    February 2, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. Gallimimus

    Well, if Palin says so. Obama should just fire him right now. After all Sarah is running the country. She has such good ideas (death panels). Ok, everybody stop and cater to Palin.

    February 2, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. andy

    Who died and ordained Palin "god"...gimme a break. Palin has too much time on her hands, like doing her FB thing and expressing her opinion on Emanuel's salty language...Lady, please go be a mother, have fun, and shut up.

    February 2, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. Concerned reader

    Sarah Palin is f-ing retarded.

    February 2, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. JJ

    Palin is retarded.

    February 2, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. Hopester

    The media is doing us all a disservice by reporting what Sarah Palins opinions are,where she travels,what her mood is. Can we please move on to more important matters.She is simply irrelevant.

    February 2, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. John

    I am shocked shocked to hear that coarse language is being used here.

    February 2, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. brian in denver

    Though his choice of words could have been better, there are many who might rightfully question the intelligence of those who believe that the administration is about to set up "death panels". Or who blindly believe in "creationism" over evolution. Or who deny the fact that global climate change is happening as a result of human activity. Or..........

    February 2, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. Super Human

    Palin is Fing retarded

    February 2, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. Robin in SC

    A week without Palin and now back to back stories...I knew it was too good to be true!

    February 2, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. linda

    Please Palin. What kind of language do you use behind closed doors?

    You are nothing but a freak who pretends to know everything, but in reality very little.

    You would not know the political workings of Washington if you
    lived inside the beltway all of your sorry life because you cannot
    read? Or do not read? Went to five colleges before finally
    graduating.

    We do not need idiots like Palin on the Ticker – CNN review your policy on the Ticker – like the issue of Palin's daughter and
    boyfriend who you posted about a week ago.

    February 2, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. smokey

    OMG ! When is this woman going to stop ? She is forever sticking her nose in issues that are totally none of her business...I think she may need to be reminded that she LOST the election ! She is always seeking any issue to grab on to to get attention, and it is becoming rather sickening..Please Palin spare us and go get your own LIFE !!

    February 2, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. THE MAN

    SARAH (NO BRAIN!!!) PALIN, this is what retarted means,"slow or limited in intellectual or emotional development or academic progress."-Merriam- Webster. So, saying that uttering this word retarted is anyway compared to saying the N- word if absolutely ignorant. The only bad thing about what Rahm said, was that he didn't say it to you, but I will do the favor by saying YOU ARE F-ING RETARTED. What America do you live in? You will never be anything. Couldn't get elected Vice President!
    Didn't know how to be a Governor
    Will not get elected President! (and i'll bet anything on that)

    February 2, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. Steve

    Oh, grow up for crying out loud. If everyone who ever said anything offensive to someone else was fired, the entire country would be on welfare.

    February 2, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. Eric

    Palin...shut up. Your annoying.

    February 2, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. Justin

    Like the WSJ is a credible source. Sure, sure..........and Dick Cheney won a purple heart for his service in uniform.

    February 2, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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