You’re a “bully,” Ms. Palin tweeted. And “I’m in your neck of the woods this weekend [if you] care to meet, so I can tell you how I really feel,” she added.
Mr. Maher during a Saturday evening show referred to her son, 5, as “retarded,” various media reported. The boy has Down syndrome.
Ms. Palin wasn’t the only one to claim offense with the crack. The Blaze reported that another television personality at the Las Vegas event, Ron Futrell, was outraged and had to be escorted from the show after he confronted Mr. Maher — interrupting the show — several times about the joke.
“I’ve got a son with special needs,” Mr. Futrell said, in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It didn’t surprise me that Maher said it. It surprised me that a lot of people laughed at that joke.”
Ms. Palin’s exact words on Twitter, The Blaze reported: “Hey bully, on behalf of all kids whom you hatefully mock in order to make yourself feel big, I hope one flattens your lily white whimsy [expletive]. I’m in your neck of the woods … Care to meet so I can tell you how I really feel?”