ADL To Ann Coulter: “Think Before You Tweet”

New York, NY, October 24, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on political commentator Ann Coulter to “think before she tweets” and to refrain from injecting offensive and insensitive language into the presidential campaign.

After the foreign policy debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney earlier this week, Coulter remarked on her Twitter feed: “I highly approve of Romney's decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.”

ADL issued the following statement:

Ann Coulter needs to think before she tweets. Regardless of one’s view of the current campaign and the candidates, there is absolutely no justification for such offensive statements and for invoking a word that today is universally recognized as hurtful and insensitive.

We have repeatedly urged candidates and commentators to demonstrate civility, to focus on the issues, and to refrain from appeals to bigotry and hate. Comments like Coulter’s go way over the line. Coulter needs to understand that words do have consequences.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.