Former Australian TV Show Host Hit With Backlash After Using Ableist Slur To Mock Joe Biden

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Unsightly reactions to the news that Joe Biden is the 2020 President-Elect are showing up all over the internet.

Among the latest is from none other than former Australian TV show host, Sam Newman, who has expressed his fair share of inappropriate political comments, especially recently.

Previously having referred to George Floyd as a “piece of s**t,” this situation unfortunately seems to be on-brand for him at this point.

In response to Biden’s acceptance of the position as President-Elect, Newman took to Twitter, ableist comments in hand.

Newman tweeted: 

“Great day for inclusion and diversity. Shows someone who is mentally ret**ded and has special needs, can attain high office. Congratulations, Joe Biden.” 

Newman has since deleted the Tweet, but he quite opaquely claimed it was not for the reasons people might think. 


Many were thoroughly appalled at Newman’s comments, citing how inappropriate it was. 

A few also pointed out that, though free speech is valuable, this clearly isn’t the time for it.


Others agreed and specifically focused on Newman’s use of the slur. 

Despite all the comments, or perhaps because of them, Newman elected to dig his heels in deeper, trolling his own thread. 

Sam Newman is far from the first person to have questioned Joe Biden’s integrity, mental capacities, work history, or potential as a president, but phrasing his discontent in this manner was unacceptable for those following him online.

This definitely wasn’t the best course of action for the former TV show host if he hopes to continue to be successful, seeing as how his earlier comments about George Floyd already got him in trouble.

We’ll never really know why some people feel the need to degrade others, especially in such a public way, but it’s obvious that it’s not okay.

It doesn’t seem likely that commentary from Twitter will help Newman change his mind, but it’s at least empowering to see others standing up for what’s right.

Hopefully, given a few more weeks of settling into the new presidency, citizens everywhere, of every party, will feel more comfortable and accepting of the new situation.

Written by McKenzie Lynn Tozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives in North Chicago, where she works as a poet, freelance writer, and editor. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University, and her BA in English from Indiana University South Bend. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, the James Franco Review, Thank You for Swallowing, and elsewhere; and her essays and book reviews have appeared with Memoir Mixtapes, The Rumpus, BookPage, and Motherly, among others. When she's not reading and writing, she's in her garden or spending time with her family. For more, visit