Conservative radio host Larry Elder criticized Rachel Jeantel’s speech impediment Wednesday night during a heated exchange on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, the Raw Story reports.
Jeantel’s speech became a big topic of conversation during George Zimmerman’s second-degree-murder trial. Elder said that the way she speaks suggests that she’s unintelligent and uneducated. She suffers from a structural overbite, which makes it difficult to pronounce consonants properly.
“Rachel Jeantel needs to get her act together,” Elder said. “If my mother were alive, she would say, ‘How dare she speak like that.’ ”
Morgan noted that Jeantel was trilingual — she speaks English, Spanish and Haitian Creole — and had a GPA of 3.0 in high school. She fell behind in school because of an illness, which is why she started her senior year of high school when she was 19 years old.
“Does she sound to you like anyone you want to hire in any kind of capacity?” Elder responded.
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