Ann Coulter, conservative political commentator Coulter, has sparked controversy amongst many after making a remark on Twitter following the third and final Presidential Debate Monday night.
Coulter, who was commenting about President Obama referred to him as a “retard.” Poor choice of words….Ms. Coulter…your way of expressing your opinion was classless and it’s disappointing to hear a well-education professional make such a remark.
Coulter Tweeted…”I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.”
She later defended the tweet to the New York Observer by arguing: “The only people who will be offended are too retarded to understand it.”
The “r” word seldom used in adult communication thanks to the crusading work of many parents and disability advocates who have branded it a meaningless and offensive description.
Following here TWEET…she received harsh criticism from Twitter users which said…
♦Ann Coulter Really? You honestly think that’s an intelligent and acceptable thing to say? You are SUCH a cunt.
♦ You’re a public figure and using the word ” retard” WOW, Grow up
♦Your tweet using “retard” was classless. Response by John w/Special Olympics to you was perfect.
♦Not only is she a moronic bitch on twitter, she’s a world class shit stirring cunt in real life.
Ann Coulter Twitter
One Twitter response in particular came from John Franklin Stephens, a 30-year-old Special Olympics athlete with Downs Syndrome. His message to Coulter on Twitter was followed with a kind and thoughtful open letter on the Special Olympics blog.
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The following is a guest post in the form of an open letter from Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens to Ann Coulter after this tweet during last night’s Presidential debate.
Dear Ann Coulter,
Come on Ms. Coulter, you aren’t dumb and you aren’t shallow. So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult?
I’m a 30-year-old man with Down syndrome who has struggled with the public’s perception that an intellectual disability means that I am dumb and shallow. I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you. In fact it has taken me all day to figure out how to respond to your use of the R-word last night.
I thought first of asking whether you meant to describe the President as someone who was bullied as a child by people like you, but rose above it to find a way to succeed in life as many of my fellow Special Olympians have.
Then I wondered if you meant to describe him as someone who has to struggle to be thoughtful about everything he says, as everyone else races from one snarkey sound bite to the next.
Finally, I wondered if you meant to degrade him as someone who is likely to receive bad health care, live in low grade housing with very little income and still manages to see life as a wonderful gift.
Because, Ms. Coulter, that is who we are — and much, much more.
After I saw your tweet, I realized you just wanted to belittle the President by linking him to people like me. You assumed that people would understand and accept that being linked to someone like me is an insult and you assumed you could get away with it and still appear on TV.
I have to wonder if you considered other hateful words but recoiled from the backlash.
Well, Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor.
No one overcomes more than we do and still loves life so much.
Come join us someday at Special Olympics. See if you can walk away with your heart unchanged.
A friend you haven’t made yet,
John Franklin Stephens
In closing….Stephens he urged Coulter to apologize for her statement.
Coulter, who has nearly 270,000 Twitter followers, was unapologetic for her remark and went on to use the word again the next day, this time using President Obama’s campaign quip ‘Romnesia’ alleging that his Republican competitor forgets his positions.
‘Obama: “Stage 3 Romneysia” – because cancer references are HILARIOUS. If he’s “the smartest guy in the room” it must be one retarded room,’ she wrote the next day.