Larry Flynt Calls Trig Palin “Brain Dead Virtual Vegetable”

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 27, 2011   |   11:41AM   |   London, England

Sarah Palin’s son Trig is in the news again following the liberal blog Wonkette bashing her and saying her son, who has Down Syndrome, is “retarded” and “somewhat alive.” Now Hustler publisher Larry Flynt has gotten in on the attacks.

Flynt is no stranger to controversial comments over the years as the head of the soft-core pornographic magazine and a free speech advocate, but his comments about Sarah Palin’s son may be some of the most over-the-top remarks he’s made to date.

In a new interview with the London Independent newspaper, Flynt rambled from topic to topic until he settled on Palin, who is considering whether to run for the Republican nomination for president this year.

“Sarah Palin is the dumbest thing. But I made a fortune off of her. [He made a porn film called Nailin’ Palin, based on her],” he said.

Then, he went after Trig, saying, “She did a disservice to every woman in America. She knew from the first month of pregnancy that kid was going to be Down’s Syndrome. It’s brain dead. A virtual vegetable.”

Flynt followed up on the Wonkette theme — that Palin is supposedly exploiting Trig by having him with her at some political events — by saying, “She carries it to all these different political events against abortion, she did it just because she didn’t want to say she’d had an abortion. How long is it going to live? Another 12, 15 years? Doesn’t even know it’s in this world.”

“So what kind of compassionate conservative is she? I don’t think anybody will want her near the White House,” Flynt added.

The London Independent reporter, Johann Hair, was left speechless:  “I am so thrown by the unpleasantness of all this I don’t even interject.”

UPDATE: Flynt has responded on Twitter to criticism of his comments following this story: “What I said is true. She knew that baby was Downs Syndrome. If she thought it would be something heroic or courageous to have this child, it’s her decision but I think she’s an idiot. I’m not ashamed of my statement.”

In its attack on Palin and her disabled son, the Wonkette post commented on his birthday and said, “What’s he dreaming about? Nothing. He’s retarded. His mom went to a lot of trouble to leak amniotic fluid over 8 states to make sure that he arrived in this world somewhat alive.

The Wonkette story prompted a massive conservative backlash on Twitter and calls for major advertisers to pull their advertising. Several companies such as Papa Johns, Huggies and Vanguard dropped their ads and others soon followed suit.

Wonkette eventually removed the post and issued a tepid apology and the writer, Jack Steuf, has left the blog.

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