Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice presidential hopeful, demanded on Monday that President Barack Obama fire his White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, over a reported expletive he is said to have uttered, CBS News reported.
According to a Wall Street Journal article cited by CBS, Emanuel told Democratic lawmakers during a political strategy session in August that they were "f----ng retarded" for planning to run advertisements against the conservative wing of the party for opposing health-care reform.
Palin's youngest son is afflicted with Down Syndrome. The former Alaska governor posted a note on Facebook likening Emanuel's comments to the infamous racial slur used to refer to African-Americans.
"Our president is doing himself a disservice by seeming to condone Rahm's recent sick and offensive tactic," Palin wrote in a Facebook posting titled "Are You Capable of Decency, Rahm Emanuel?."
"I would ask the president to show decency - by eliminating one member of [his] inner circle, Mr. Rahm Emanuel, and not allow Rahm's continued indecent tactics to cloud efforts" to debate issues, Palin wrote.
Emanuel's comment drew a rebuke from the National Down Syndrome Society, while Emanuel himself reportedly called the head of the Special Olympics to apologize.
"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 wrote.
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