Caitlyn Jenner didn’t hold back Thursday when she posted a word that’s considered a slur for people with developmental disabilities while responding to the eldest son of former President Donald Trump.
The 74-year-old former Olympian piggybacked on Donald Trump Jr. — who was found liable with his father and brother Eric Trump for fraudulently reporting the value of Trump family assets in an ongoing fraud trial — after he used the term in a tweet complaining about a release of funds related to Iran.
Trump Jr. complained that ‘you’re not allowed to use the R word’ anymore, though he felt the need to mention that it was a ‘big part of our vernacular growing up if you’re my age.’
Caitlyn jumped into his replies, writing ‘I’ll say it R*****ED!’
However, many posters called her out, not only for using the outdated term but also for misspelling it with two Ts, though the ex-athlete remained combative with her critics.
No shame: Caitlyn Jenner, 74, doubled down on Thursday after she tweeted the r-word while criticizing the Biden administration and responding to Donald Trump Jr.; seen in October in London
Venting: Trump Jr., who has recently testified in a trial in which the judge ruled that the Trump Organization had committed fraud, complained about the release of funds for humanitarian use in Iran on Thursday; seen Monday in NYC
Normal for him? Trump Jr. said the plan to release funds for humanitarian aid to Iran was ‘f***ing r*****ed.’ He censored the term but said it was a ‘big part of our vernacular growing up’
‘Excuse me… R*****ED,’ Caitlyn corrected herself after her typo was pointed out.
But several Twitter users jumped into her mentions to call her ‘dumb’ and to poke fun at her for misspelling the word.
She tried to act as if she wasn’t upset by the comments by quoting her previous tweet and posting, ‘Omg I immediately respelled it properly in the comments.’
She added that misspelling the term for people with intellectual disabilities was an ‘epic ironic fail, I get it.’
Although the controversial word was previously a medical term that became widely used in that context beginning in the 1960s, it has since become more common as an insult.
In response to legislation from 2010, federal agencies have replaced the use of the r-word with ‘intellectual disability.’
Although Caitlyn didn’t seem too upset about Twitter users mocking her for using the r-word (and misspelling it), she added another furious post in response to a Page Six article about the controversy.
‘It’s R*****ED that the Biden admin frees up another $10 BILLION to IRAN! And losers at @PageSix go on to lecture me about how offensive the word is. GET THE HELL OVER IT. How about focusing on how dangerous and R******* freeing up $10 BILLION to Iran is,’ she wrote.
Whoops! Jenner responded to him with ‘I’ll say it R*****ED,’ but she was mercilessly mocked for misspelling the now-offensive term
Striking out: After a Page Six article ran about the controversy and criticism of her use of the term, Jenner blasted the publication and its writer
Changing the subject: When users called her out for repeatedly writing the r-word, Jenner deflected and criticized the Biden administration
Scorched earth approach: She accused the publication baselessly of sharing ‘anti-Semitic pro Iranian propaganda’ by highlighting her use of the term, which is considered a slur by people with intellectual difficulties
Details: Jenner misleadingly claimed that the US was sending $10 billion to Iran, but the money, which is held by third-party entities, can only be used for humanitarian purposes; seen in April 2022 in LA
Jenner’s comments about Iran were parroting Donald Trump Jr.’s original remarks in reference to a tweet from another account claiming that the US was supplying Iran with $10 billion.
However, the money, which is currently held in third-party accounts, can only be used for humanitarian needs or other purposes that aren’t currently regulated by sanctions, according to the Associated Press.
After Jenner’s context-free tweets, she wrote, ‘Shame on @PageSix,’ and a writer for the publication for allegedly ‘lying’ and ‘not covering any context in the UNFREEZING ANOTHER 10 BILLION $ for IRAN [sic]!’
In response, on user wrote, ‘You could say all of this without using that word. You’re despicable.’
Jenner shot back: ‘I could. And the Biden admin could act less incompetent and not unilaterally hand over another $10 BILLION to a terrorist regime that are killing Americans and helpless civilians on a daily basis.’
The Kardashians star also accused Page Six of spouting ‘Nothing but anti-Semitic pro Iranian propaganda trash’ and said it was ‘deflecting to lecture me on using the’ r-word.
Several Twitter users slammed Jenner on the platform for doubling down with her use of the r-word.
‘We can be adults and get our point across w.o using the R word,’ wrote one user. ‘And you wonder why your initial point isn’t getting across — it’s your lazy rhetoric and insensitivity towards a certain demographic of people. Do better, be better.’
Another person urged her to ‘stop using such a highly offensive word’ and called her ‘repulsive.’
Standing up for others: Several Twitter users called her out for using the ‘highly offensive’ r-word, with one even calling Jenner ‘repulsive’
Coming to her rescue: But Jenner had plenty of right-wing defenders too, including one who said the r-word ‘accurately descriptive.’ Another apparent supporter praised the transgender icon for having ‘balls’ and defending herself
‘Your point could be made without the word,’ added another user. ‘But clearly it’s more important to be right then to be kind [sic]. Imagine that.’
But there were also several right-wing accounts who defended Jenner and cheered on her use of the r-word.
‘Medical terms from the past are the slurs of the present. I can think of better words to use but none are more accurately descriptive,’ wrote one account.
Another person noted that Jenner had ‘doubled down on r*****ed,’ and then added that Jenner ‘has balls and I love it.’