Adams claims he was calling bigots 'ba****ds', not unionists

Adams claims he was calling bigots  'ba****ds', not unionists

Gerry Adams has been strongly criticised by unionists after using offensive language at a public meeting.

The Sinn Féin president said the phrase “the point is to break these bastards”.

While the DUP and Ulster Unionists interpreted it as a slight on unionists, Mr Adams said he was only talking about bigots and racists.

He made the comment during a meeting in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, last night.

Mr Adams said: “But what’s the point? The point is to actually break these bastards – that’s the point. And what’s going to break them is equality. That’s what’s going to break them – equality.

“Who could be afraid of equality? Who could be afraid of treating somebody the way you want to be treated?

“That’s what we need to keep the focus on – that’s the Trojan horse of the entire republican strategy is to rejoin the people on the basis of equality.”

Audio of the comments containing the swear word was tweeted by Fermanagh-based Impartial Reporter journalist Rodney Edwards.

DUP Stormont assembly member Arlene Foster said: “Respect is a two-way street. The hyperbole from republicans over recent days has been exposed as hypocrisy.

“Republicans use the Irish language as a weapon and tonight Gerry Adams confirms that they view equality as another weapon to attack unionists, or these bastards, as he would term us.”


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