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Chuck Schumer Refers to Kids as 'Retarded Children'

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer described mentally challenged kids as “retarded children” — and nothing happened to him.

This wouldn’t be noteworthy except for the fact that if the 70-year-old New York lawmaker were a member of the political right, he would have been publicly flagellating himself while uttering his mea culpas precisely three seconds before being booted out of Washington.

But like all Democrats, Schumer appears to be getting a pass for using the outdated term that is now considered a pejorative because, well, he’s a Democrat.

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Schumer used the phrase in an interview that was posted over the weekend on the oneNYCHAtv podcast after host Saundrea Coleman asked him about the pushback officials experience when attempting to house the homeless in communities.

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“Yeah, I mean it’s, I have found that my whole career,” he told Coleman.

“They wanted to build … when I first was [an] assemblyman, they wanted to build a congregate living place for retarded children,” Schumer said, referring to his stint in New York politics in the late 1970s before he headed to Congress.

“The whole neighborhood was against it,” Schumer said.

“These are harmless kids. They just needed some help.”

Grabien’s Tom Elliot tweeted the clip of what Schumer said, hitting hard the fact that he “refers to mentally disabled children as ‘retarded.'”

Schumer quickly issued an apology in a statement Monday through a spokesperson, according to Politico.

“For decades, Sen. Schumer has been an ardent champion for enlightened policy and full funding of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” the statement said.

“He is sincerely sorry for his use of the outdated and hurtful language.”

It’s clear to reasonable people that Schumer wasn’t using the R-word as a slur, and he did make a valid point about the “not in my backyard” approach to mental health treatment that complicates efforts to help the disabled.

And Schumer is an elderly man who lived long before the word was removed from the lexicon of enlightened people — but none of that has ever stopped the pitchfork mob when it was someone not of the left (or at least when it was someone not politically useful to them at the time).

The left has made a cottage industry of canceling and shaming whatever target they choose for saying something they’ve deemed taboo.

When Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett used the term “sexual preference” to describe gay marriage in the fall of 2020, Democratic Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono slammed her for utilizing such an “offensive and outdated term,” despite this being a completely innocuous, acceptable descriptor up to that point.

In a shocking confirmation of this new norm and the celerity at which these things are changed, Merriam-Webster updated its definition nearly in real-time to reflect this novel offense conjured from thin air.

Former mixed martial arts fighter and Disney+ star Gina Carano similarly found herself at the business end of the cancel club when she used a reference to Nazis turning neighbors against neighbors, even though she used it as a warning and a plea for political tolerance and unity — context be darned.

But this is small potatoes compared to the battle that the left has waged on the gender front, making it their crusade to shame, marginalize and ruin people who refuse to use anything other than the preferred pronoun to describe a gender-confused individual.

Even someone as revered as “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling was not safe when she spoke the simple truth that biological sex means something more than whatever someone asserts as an identity.

While all languages evolve organically over time — with words shifting meaning, usage or appropriateness — the left has appointed themselves the gatekeepers of inclusive language to impose artificial rules it can apply at will.

Yet somehow, these linguistic landmines they bury and semantic snares they set rarely get one of their own who is still useful to the Democratic Party or its agenda.

They make the rules and enforce the punishments, regardless of whether they make sense or not in light of history or context.

I know I’m not alone in my experience growing up in the ’80s and ’90s and being told that calling someone “black” instead of “African-American” was shamefully offensive, and that the term “people of color” was just as appalling as using the N-word.

Now, the terms “black” and “people of color” are routinely uttered by the very activists calling for racial equity, even though they still sound deeply wrong to those of us indoctrinated in the old ways.

Like everything else the left takes on, deciding what is acceptable or outlawed language is a power play to control the minds of the masses — in other words, it’s not really about the terms themselves.

Schumer should not be fired or flogged for what he said, especially since it seems he was genuinely using an outdated term in a way that would have been appropriate in his day.

But it’s unfair that the only R-word that seems to reliably get people in trouble or canceled is the one describing their own party affiliation: Republican.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.


Family Escapes Through 2nd-Story Window During Armed Standoff After Suspect Barricades Door: Report

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On July 25, in Auburn, Alabama, a man reportedly put his family, his neighborhood, first responders and himself in a very dangerous position. Calls came into the Auburn Police District around 7:00 p.m. reporting a domestic violence incident in the Camden Ridge Subdivision. When police arrived, the man reportedly began firing at them with a handgun. Police fired back, and the man retreated into the home, where he also had his family trapped in a room. Thanks to the police and fire department coming together and working smarter instead of harder, the situation was resolved without injury to the family members trapped upstairs. It was firefighter Andrew Kiser, Chief of Police Cedric Anderson and Shift Supervisor Lt. Cody Hill who were responsible for carrying out the daring rescue that helped bring the threat to an end. While the shooter refused to exit the house, the men carried a ladder to the house and set it up to reach one of the second-story windows, where they learned the man’s family had been trapped. While Anderson held the ladder steady, Hill climbed the ladder and Kiser assisted the family as they climbed out of the window. With the family out of the way, Lee County SWAT was able to enter the house and capture the suspect. He was taken to Baptist Medical Center South after he was found to have sustained what appeared to be a gunshot wound. “Auburn PD Alerts: Heavy Police Activity in the Camden Ridge Subdivision, in the area of Wedgewood Ct.,” a public safety alert for the area read, according to WRBL-TV. “The scene is secure at this time, NO ONGOING THREAT.” Auburn Assistant Police Chief Clarence Stewart praised the efforts of all involved, highlighting how each group present played an important role in…

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After Receiving Call About Blazing Attic Fire, Police Rescue Man Trapped Inside Smoke-Filled Bedroom

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A family in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, woke up just before midnight on Sunday and sensed something was wrong. They called 911 at around 11:38 p.m., reporting a “possible fire at the residence,” according to The Journal NJ. Officers Ryan Anzalone, Donna Gonzalez, Michael Morgante and Colin Murray with the Marlboro Township Police Department were first on the scene and quickly assessed the situation. They found smoke pouring out of the attic, but were relieved to see the family appeared to have exited the home. After a short time, though, the family realized one of their members was not with them, and was likely still trapped inside on the second floor. Gonzalez and Anzalone charged in and found the man, as described, in a bedroom on the second floor. By the time they got there, the room was “completely filled with smoke,” but they managed to rescue the resident. The fire department had a difficult time accessing the home due to the long, narrow driveway and a large landscaping rock. “While enroute Chief 2-66 was advised of heavy smoke from the attic,” the Robertsville Volunteer Fire Co. #1 posted on Facebook. “At the time the mutual aid response plan was put in place and the box alarm was requested to bring in initial assistance.” “Upon the arrival of 2-66 Chief advised the house was located down a 180 foot narrow driveway. Once engine 2-75 arrived there was trouble accessing the house due to a large ornamental boulder and trees. Members of the engine and police moved the 400lb boulder so the engine could get to the house and attack the fire. “As the incident progressed, the second alarm mutual aid plan was requested for this deep seated, hard to access attic fire.” The two officers who…

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