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State Rep. John Rogers: ‘I was wrong about the retarded thing’

During an appearance on Talk 99.5’s “Matt & Aunie Show” Monday morning, State Rep. John Rogers (D-Birmingham) walked back using the word “retarded” on the House floor to describe Donald Trump, Jr., President Trump’s son.

“He took a shot at me. I took a shot at him,” Rogers said in relation to using the word to describe Trump Jr. “I apologized to him. … I ain’t got no problem doing that in public.”

Rogers also mentioned that he knows two mentally challenged individuals who he “loves to death.”

“They love me. When they give love, they give love unconditionally,” Rogers explained.

Rogers also suggested that he used the word “retarded” in a different way than what is inferred to mean in today’s society.

“The r-word is a word that’s old and dates way back to the 1940s. It’s not mentally challenged. It’s a different [meaning] to it now, but I did use it. … I was wrong about the retarded thing,” Rogers said later in the interview. “I’m shying away from the fact that I used the word retarded.”

Rogers also discussed his remarks when he said Donald Trump, Jr. was the best argument for abortion, saying it was “hyperbole.”

When asked what his response to Trump Jr. would be if he had said Rogers is a good example for why abortion should be legal, Rogers said, “That’s his take.”

“I intended it to be below the belt. I dislike him that much,” Rogers said. “I’m not in love with Donald Trump or Donald Trump, Jr.”

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Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.