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Ann Coulter Calls Obama a 'Retard,' Igniting Outrage

Ann Coulter 2011
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The conservative commentator's remark drew immediate protest from both Hollywood and some conservative allies, including Michelle Malkin.

No debate about this: Ann Coulter has gotten herself in hot water yet again.

Although most pundits and the public at large gave the nod to President Obama as the winner of the third debate, held Monday night in Florida, Coulter saw it differently. After live-tweeting the rumble on foreign policy, the conservative author and commentator summed up her thoughts on the evening by writing, "I highly approve of Romney's decision to be kind and gentle to the retard."

She drew backlash immediately.

Patton Oswalt, the comedian and actor, tweeted, "Ann Coulter died of prostate cancer in 2002. Her Twitter account's a sentient emu skeleton with a swatch of eyelid skin stretched over it," and followed it up by adding, "If Ann Coulter's calling the President a 'retard' it means he won/is going to win. She's our un-pettable Punxsutawney Phil."

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The model Chrissy Teigen wrote, "not ever shocked by ‪@anncoulter‬. my bar for her is set so low that it is, ironically, in the depths of hell." Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy chimed in, "You are a sad, insignificant child. RT ‪@AnnCoulter‬: I highly approve of Romney's decision to be kind and gentle to the retard."

Modern Family exec producer Danny Zuker found some dark humor in the situation, tweeting:, "Local news is reporting on a fatal ballooning accident and tragically neither victim was Ann Coulter."

The criticism didn't just come from Coulter's her usual detractors in Hollywood; she also heard it from some of her regular allies on the right.

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Fellow firebrand Michelle Malkin wrote, "What a stupid, shallow thing to say, Ann," and pointed to the conservative Twitter site Twitchy, which lambasted Coulter and said that her tweet did not represent their views.

This, of course, is nothing new for Coulter. She also used the term "retard" in a tweet in August, targeting MSNBC host Chris Matthews, and during the Democratic National Convention in September, Coulter was lambasted for her Twitter assault on women's rights advocate Sandra Fluke, who spoke at the convention.