If you go to any of the Tea Party sites today, you’ll see that they are VERY UPSET about the above sign displayed at an Organizing For Obama rally at the US Capitol. And in the comments of those posts, you’ll see many, many examples of the most common epithet long used against progressives: “libtard.” (Less commonly, “leftard.”)
The sign has been denounced by the House Disabilities Caucus.
“It is a frustrating time in Washington right now, but I find it really unfortunate that this offensive slur was used to characterize anyone,” he said. “As co-chair of the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, I am a firm supporter of the campaign to end the ‘R word.’ It is derogatory and counter to the acceptance and inclusion in society of people with developmental disabilities.” Langevin’s Republican co-chair, Nebraska Rep. Lee Terry, called on President Obama to condemn the sign. “As someone who has worked with and fought for those individuals with special needs, Congressman Terry believes this type of language is dispicable and has no place in our nation’s discourse,” said Larry Farnsworth, Terry’s spokesperson. “President Obama needs to call out his supporters at the DNC and OFA for condoning this insensitive and hurtful message during their protest.”