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I’m so sorry you had to go through that. The first thing to remember is that they are very young and these sentiments have been picked up from their families, so they’re not yet fully responsible. I would say something, but you don’t want to seem angry, merely corrective. Employ your best parenting tone and say “that is very disrespectful, and it is not okay to speak to anyone, much less an adult, that way.” And walk away. They’ll probably say something back, but you need to show them that you aren’t willing to engage them anymore, and that’s that.
(This is the rough equivalent of the advice for parents to ignore tantrums/talk backs after putting their child in time-out. Arguing is what validates, not correction.) Good luck!