I never saw the original post that took a shot at Sarah Palin and her son, Trig. But, by all accounts it was nasty. I found this from the Web site Free Republic (which, of course, found a way to take a cheap shot at President Obama for no apparent reason other than to be stupid and political). Much as Sarah Palin might do, Free Republic had the moral high ground and blew it (in a fashion so moronic it is almost incomprehensible) by taking an irrational shot at President Obama (who has nothing to do with this):
The Huffington Post, an official arm of the Obama administration, published an article a few minutes ago on the resignation of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin with the following headline: Palin Will Run in ’12 on More Retardation Platform
It just shows how much Republicans hate President Obama and how much they hated him when he was Sen. Obama running for president … back when they only knew a few things about him.
Back to the topic.
Here is what Free Republic captured before writer Erik Sean Nelson’s nasty post was rightly removed.
In Sarah Palin’s resignation announcement she complained about the treatment of her son Trig who always teaches her life lessons. She said that the “world needs more Trigs, not fewer.” That’s a presidential campaign promise we can all get behind. She will be the first politician to actually try to increase the population of retarded people. To me, it’s kinda like saying the world needs more cancer patients because they teach us such personal lessons.
Her first act as President: To introduce a Pre-K lunch buffet that includes lead paint chips. Sort of a Large HEAD-START Program.
She will then encourage women to hold off on pregnancies until their 40′s just to mix up some chromosomes.
She now is in favor of abortion only in case of diploid birth.
Her policies will increase jobs because Wal-Mart is building new stores each day and someone has to be the greeter.
This will lead to smaller government because fewer Americans will have the cognitive ability to hold a government job.
Look, she says she’s resigning as governor because people are making attacks on her and Trig. If she ever did become president, all Osama bin Laden would have to do to defeat the United States is Photoshop a picture of Trig and she’d surrender the country that night. As she said, “That’s not politics as usual.” It isn’t. Politicians don’t usually quit for so stupid of reasons.
Clearly, this is reprehensible and well out of bounds and I think reasonable people have a right to be outraged. It never ceases to amaze me the shots that people take at other people without thinking about what they’re doing. News Hounds, however, correctly points out that Bill O’Reilly, America’s Daddy, unleashed on Huffington Post while remaining silent about hate on Fox Nation (which operates right under his nose).
The writer did sort of make an attempt to apologize, but it’s a day late and a dollar short (as the saying goes):
I wrote a piece making fun of the fact that a Trig Palin joke was given as the reason that Sarah Palin left office. I wrote jokes that were offensive but my intent was for them to be ironic and therefore not offensive. I was wrong. Within ten minutes of my post I received some emails from the loved ones of the retarded and I saw that my piece was hurtful. Therefore, I removed the post right after receiving the first 2 emails.
I removed it immediately because I saw that it did not come across as I intended. I apologize to all of those who were offended.
This is not a particularly moving apology.
Unfortunately for Nelson, the damage was done and you can’t unring the bell … not when the mess is this extensive.