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Jody Wien, Published March 25 2012

Letter: Clinton’s 'harelip' remark was shameful

When I heard that President Bill Clinton was coming to Grand Forks to speak, I was curious to hear his opinion of the current political climate and the inability of Democrats and Republicans to work together.

However when he began discussing this topic, I was shocked and horrified when he made the following statement: “When they (Democrats and Republicans) put aside rhetoric and decide they are going to do one specific thing whether, in my Arkansas jargon, it harelips a dog …” Even more astonishing, was that people laughed at his use of the hurtful term “harelip.”

As a person who was born with a cleft lip and palate, I was mortified and will never be able to watch this man speak again. President Clinton, you should be ashamed of yourself.