Pro-abortion Democrat presidential candidate Kamala Harris is coming under fire for laughing on the campaign trail when a supporter called President Donald Trump “retarded.” Harris is drawing criticism for being insensitive to a word that is often used to bully and be disparaging about people who are mentally disabled.
On Friday, during a town hall in New Hampshire, a Harris backer asked her what she plans to do in order “to diminish the mentally retarded actions” of President Trump.
Harris laughed and replied: “Well said. Well said. I plan to win this election, I’ll tell you that.”
Using “retarded” as a slur and an insult is never, EVER “well said”, @KamalaHarris, no matter who it’s against and no matter the larger point being made. It’s ALWAYS a betrayal of the disability community.
— Kendally Brown (@kendallybrown) September 7, 2019
It’s an incredibly offensive term, and as someone who has a long-standing relationship of advocacy for our disability community – in fact, I have a whole policy proposal on it that I have been working on for quite some time that we rolled out weeks ago – it’s offensive, and you would think that in the year 2019, people would have a much better understanding of how hurtful a term like that can be, but also the history behind it, which is a history of really ignoring the needs and the realities and the capacity of our disability community.
Harris’ comments come at a time when pro-life advocates are working overtime to protect babies with Down syndrome from abortion. Approximately one in every 700 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome.
In Iceland, nearly 100 percent of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome after prenatal testing are aborted. Here in America, that number is between 67-85 percent.