In her latest outburst against her political enemies, Teresa Heinz Kerry called her detractors “scumbags” during an interview with a Pittsburgh TV anchorwoman.

Name-calling has become frequent behavior for the wife of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.

According to a report in the New Yorker, Kerry campaign advisers have struggled with Teresa’s off-the-cuff remarks in the media.

“There are these bizarre moments that make you shudder,” a Kerry adviser told the magazine. “Like calling herself African-American to black audiences.”

Earlier this month, Heinz Kerry said voters who don’t agree with her husbands health-care plans are “idiots.”

Writes the New Yorker’s Judith Thurman:

I doubt that she knows the literal meaning of “scumbag,” but perhaps, after 40 years in America, nearly 13 of them as a political wife, observing how the flaws and contradictions of a personality as complex as hers are melted down for ammunition by the other side, she should have learned it. Close friends attribute her lapses of discretion to “na?vet?.” Heinz Kerry says that they are a form of resistance to enforced conformity. “I don’t like to be told, for told’s sake,” how to behave, she says, “because I lived in a dictatorship for too long.”

Heinz Kerry was born and raised in Mozambique, which was ruled by the Fascist government of Ant?nio Salazar while she lived there.

As WorldNetDaily reported, in July Heinz Kerry told a journalist from a Pittsburgh paper to “shove it” after he questioned her use of the term “un-American” in a speech.

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