Ann Coulter Calls Obama “Retard”, Called Out By Special Olympics Athlete

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When Ann Coulter has something to say, chances are she’s going to anger a lot of people. The use of social media allows her to do that very quickly, and when she tweeted some very controversial posts after the most recent Presidential debate, she caught the attention of someone who was able to see past her affinity for ruffling feathers and pen a letter which was so well thought-out and devastating in its honesty that it is now garnering national attention.

30-year old John Franklin Stephens, a Special Olympics athlete, had this to say in an open-letter response:

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
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Ann Coulter Calls Obama “Retard”, Called Out By Special Olympics Athlete
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  • Ann

    Oh, gentle one, you are wrong. She is “dumb and she is shallow” and not worth listening to, ever.

    • Jimmy

      That is one awesome letter. Way to go, John Stephens.

    • Jennifer

      I don’t ignore anything Ms. Coulter says. But that was an unforgivable remark. Your response is moving. Bravo!

  • vincent ronzano

    The comments I have for Ann Coulter would not be published. A more vicious and sarcastic person in this world would be hard to find.She epitomizes the “B” word.

  • V in Chicago

    Obviously this young man is more mature and intellectually advanced than Ms. Coulter.

    Oh, and were is Sarah Palin’s rage? I thought she was offened by someone using this terminology. Or is it only at certain people or political foes?

    • Waldo

      I agree. Coulter is a slob. She does more harm than good for Romney.

    • dar robinson

      I realized you just wanted to belittle the President by linking him to people like me. tat assumption in and of itself shows this guy to be very un-smart,
      She had no intention of linking the president to “people like him”
      The term retard does not link anyone to a person who has down syndrome, but it does go pretty far as to say where his mindset is!!
      The pres is a stupid, lying man and if someone wishes to call him a retard, that is their choice and should not be slammed by idiots who think they are qualified to post letters!!
      I agree with Ms. Coulter and she has the right to say what she did, as the president is a retard and has not anything to do with down syndrome people!!
      Are all DS people called retards? I have never heard that and I would think that this guy is just being all inclusive and dumb!!
      Go get em Ann!!!!!!

      • Dave

        Yes, Ann has the right to say anything she wants, that is what freedom of speech means. However, the remarks show what an uncaring, disgusting, horrible creature she truly is. I admire the gentleman that wrote this response to her tweet. She should be ashamed, but, because of the publicity this tweet is receiving, Ann is probably rejoicing because it will mean more money in her pocket and conservatives like Ann only admire and worship money and power, everything else can be damned.

    • Polly

      Even though Palin’s last child is affected by Down’s Syndrome, I would be willing to bet she has him covered by both Medicaid and SSI and doesn’t want to draw any attention to herself. Kind of like hearing a defense from Bachman about why she missed 90% of the votes in Congress. Coulter is a venomous, hateful women whose views reflect only those of a minority made up of nut-cases. We need start boycotting the media sources giving her a platform.

  • Larry Fyne

    Eh…it’s her opinion. So what if she called him a retard? I’m sure Mr. Stephens can be proud of his accomplishments as are many others, including myself, but what’s one have to do with the other? He stated his opinion & so did she. Who, besides the politically correct vocabulary police, cares what term(s) Ann Coulter uses in her commentary?

    • Michael Hrabosky

      Mr. Fyne,

      You truly do fit in with the Coulter crowd!!!!!

  • Luciano Beltran

    Mr. Stephens, you assume that she was describing a person like you when she used retard. Her definition of retard could be something else. If she used the word idiot would you assume she also described you? This is America whee Ifought in the military so people like Ann Coulter, you and me can say things freely without others restricting my free speech. You are a victim of Down Syndrome but that does not give you the right to say who can use the word retard in this country. This statement leads me to be lieve that you think yu are a retard. You assumed she described you instead of describing a person she considered as an idiot.

    • Michael Hrabosky

      Mr. Beltran,

      Your comments are not only ignorant, but unbelievable. I actually proudly served in the military, did you? Please please please do not use the proud men and women i who have served or are currently serving as an excuse for YOUR ignorance. It is offensive and NOT the reason we serve.

      • wiggy18

        prior service, also, and yes siree bob, people do have first amendment rights, which include making a complete horse’s butt out of themselves. at least, ann coulter is getting her pieces of silver for being divisive on purpose and for being the south end of a north bound mule…

        • Michael Hrabosky

          Thanks wiggy! And thank you for your service!

    • Chris H

      Mr Beltran,
      You ae now going to tell us what the meanings of Ann Coulter’s words are? How do you know that Ann Coulter equates retard to mean idiot? Using your Veteran status to de-mean someone and defend the insensitive and ignorant rantings of Ann Coulter is despicable and disheartening. I hold our Veterans in the highest regard but to use being a Veteran as an excuse for being an A**hole doesn’t hold water sir.

    • Janet

      Mr. Beltran,
      Do not patronize Mr. Stephens. As a person with Down’s Syndrome, not a victim of it, I’m sure that he has heard others as ignorant and despicable as Ms. Coulter use the term “retard.” Mr. Stephens seems to be aware, as I’m sure you also are, the historical negative connotations associated with the word.
      I would like to express my gratitude to you for serving this country to protect our rights and freedoms. However, as with any right or freedom, there is a certain amount of responsibility attached. Simply put, just because you can say it, doesn’t mean you should.

  • Darlene

    Ann, quit being a bully … and use your words! you should know better…

    • wiggy18

      In her case and in the right wing’s answer for W.C. Fields, Rush Limbaugh; the hype is more important than the message. Like Sarah Palin, when sledding got tough in Alaska, she resigned as Gov., and made 15-20 million selling her brand. SELF-PROMOTION! It’s about the money, as much or more than principles. unless the principle is about their bank account… book deal, talk show; anyone?

  • carol taylor

    Why do people get so upset when Right Wingers call Liberals names, yet they do it all of the time. It’s not what you are called, but who do you answer by?

    • Shane Frazier

      Carol Taylor….are you Serious? Did you really miss the point of the argument THAT much to where you took the opportunity to simply use this Twitter response as some partisan rhetoric? It is your comments that are ‘dumb and shallow’.

      You insensitivity is appalling, but very expected from posters who hide behind their typed words.

      You are proof that we don’t need better leaders, we need better followers.

  • Michael Hrabosky

    Mr. Stephens!

    Bravo!!! You spoke for all of the brave and strong people as yourself. My nephew is also a “gifted” individual as yourself.

    Unfortunately people like Ms. Coulter will never ever know what strength, dignity, honor and courage really mean!

    Again Thank you!

  • Stan

    John, that was a wonderful reponse and would cause anyone to relect and digest your message, however, Ann Coulter is not anyone or anything, she is a member of a small group in the world who are without conscious, morals or ethics. Her value as a contributing member to society are only worth the time the media, yes,the media, give to her. Stay cool and hope to see you in the next olympics!!!

  • http://yahoo cd

    Ann puts the C in the C word

  • Joe

    Ann Coulter = a four letter word that ends in *unt – and I don’t mean “AUNT”

  • Terri

    you are AMAZING. I hope that fox new picks up on this and make her apoligize. probably not. 2 weeks ago I happen to be on a cruise with
    about 300 special needs people. and my god they just energized most people on the cruise that came in contact with them. I thinl they were
    called something like we are people too. they were from atlanta. my were they great. so she needs to apoligize in a be way. the best to you.

  • wayne gray

    I am not surprised by her comments, it does seem that most republicans are rude and mean spirited,

  • right of attilla

    God Bless you Ann….. You are right on. Obama is a retard if he was delivered to work at the white house by school bus it would be the short one. Wake up idiots…Face reality….

    • Peter Huddy

      You and your tactless, foul mouth are just as bad! Have you no sensitivity AT ALL???
      Pete Huddy

      • wiggy18

        *N*C*A*A [no class at all]

  • Peter Huddy

    Shame on you, Ann Coulter! With all your God-given intellect, you still can’t make your point with gentleness and sensitivity, even when it involves developmentally challenged individuals? There ought to be a law against such cruel slurs, with an appropriate sentence for tactless people like yourself. Either find a new word or cease commenting!!
    Pete Huddy

    • Shirley

      Shame on you Peter Huddy….. How can anyone keep up with what is Political Correct these days. Even the word “the” seems to be unsuitable for the left wingers. There is no shame in being retorted. The shame is being deliberately retarded. Maybe a better word is “brain-dead” but then you would have to take them off life support! Such a shame!

  • Jack Abramoff

    Ann Coulter, ladies and gentlemen, once again proving the GOP’s mind-boggling propensity to alienate and project. Obama’s got twice Romney’s IQ and four times hers.

    I think Obama would even look better in a slinky red dress.

    • Shirley

      Gary, are you a traitor too? Is there only 4 letter words in your vocabulary? Is anyone that disagrees with you a slut? How shallow!

    • chris

      Do not clump all Republicans together with the likes of Ann Coulter. I have never alienated anyone and I do not appreciate you including me in such an act simply because I vote Republican. By you assuming ALL of us alienate and project you are showing your own bias. Please stop that type of thinking.

  • Gary

    I think she intended to say “mentally challenged” Democrat but, I know what she meant. By the way, thanks for the photo and story of the guy with Down Syndrome. We all know her statement was offensive to a lot of people. We don’t need the object lesson.

  • http://yahoo oscar

    ed schultz was right when he called her a slut !!

  • http://yahoo Ralph Hunkey

    Go Ann……………I think we all know what your comments refer to….the truth always hurts when you are a fraud like the one now in the whitehouse….GOD, yes I said GOD bless you….

    • Dan

      and you think its fine that she uses the word “retard” in this sense…grow up!!

  • http://www.yahoo.com Ken May

    Does anyone know what Ann Coulter has ever done except spew hate in order to sell books? It is an outrage that the national media gives her any attention since she has no credentials to speak credibly on any subject. She might be a great spokesperson for broom manufacturers.

  • Dee

    Beautiful letter that reflects the feelings of our most innocent. Ann runs her mouth loosely and hasn’t learned that there are paybacks. Disrespectful, rude, heartless, and ugly people like her have the biggest falls….can’t wait to see that. Actually this letter, in my opinion puts her to shame and does that. What is ironic is that an “R” (according to her) has taught her a lesson in plain and simple words, something despicable Ann will probably not even grasp or take the time to read.

  • Shirley

    Calling Obama “retarded” is being kind! He is a murderer, liar and should be tried for treason! He knew, in real time, about the attack in Libya. Anyone that supports this traitor hates this country!

    • http://www.yahoo.com Ken May

      I didn’t know Ann Coulter had a sister.

    • Michael Hrabosky

      Ma am,

      I proudly served 23 years in this countries military and strongly support our President If President Obama should be tried for these crimes, then what should we do with Mr. Bush (Both of them) and Mr. Cheney? We never did find WMD’s and how many lives were sacrificed for that claim. I personally saw my brothers in arms and friends die, because of the falicy Mr. Bush painted. Although I didn’t agree with him, I did my duty honorably, because that is what I was asked to do!

      Please tell me a little about your background? I don’t expect an intelligent response, so any reply would be appreciated.


  • Dan

    The bottom line is Anne Coulter is vile…I don’t need to call her a name…she’s just vile. First of all…it’s completely uncalled for at all levels whether you approve of President Obama or not. Its very sad in our country that people like Ann Coulter who are so “highly regarded” by some…can use their position in such a way. It seems this country anymore is about being nasty and causing people to hate each other. If she is a Christian…as she claims to be…she should act like one and try to be a healing force and not a force of separation. Oh wait…that what she’s getting paid to do..duh..I forgot! Enough said

  • http://webpronews-Rword karen_donley@yahoo.com

    Thumbs up to John Stevens!!!!!

  • Bryan

    Yeah well, so what. Obama is using the term “He is not one of us”. Code word for he is a Mormom. If a white guy said that about Obama he would be labeled a racist. Obama is a bigot and is trying to use bigotry to win this election.

  • Jan Miller

    The real tragedy is that we live in a country where bitter, no-talent trash-mongers like Rank Limberger, Glen “Porky” Beck, the entire Joseph Goebels Award-Whining propaganda staff at Farce News, and this dried-up shrew can actually ply their trade.

    And just like their inspiration Joseph Goebels, they prey on the weak-minded, uneducated, paranoid low-life of our nation; full-knowing that their garbage is recognized for being just that by an educated, informed society. As Horace Mann said to P.T.Barnum “There’s a sucker born every 30 seconds”; and as long as that continues, this bony horse-faced hag will have an audience and a career of which only she can be proud.

    • bill_edwards77@yahoo.com

      Hey Jan…the truth hurts–you display the liberal’s “tolerance” you demand from everyone else. You can always tell what gets under a lib’s skin the most by how vile they get–but turn it on them and they get the ACLU (American Communist Lovers Union) on the line and want the First Amendment removed–except for people who agree with them.

  • augustus franklin

    Ann is exercising her first amendment right to free speech…good for her. Any society without humor is one I don’t want to live in and I find Ann Coulter intelligent, droll and exceptionally correct. As such, perhaps thats what many find so irritating about her, but then again, really smart people seem like really crazy people to really dumb people. Retard is a word…in an orwellian society words are dangerous, in a Republic they are fun. Grow up and Grow a sense of humor, remember, when you try to idiot proof society, you end up with a society of idiots….

  • JRC

    As much as I love Ann…and I do. This was really a bit uncalled for and only serves to bring her down to the level of most Liberals who often rely on name calling as a first resort. Ann, should know that and should have chosen her words a little better.

    • Janet

      As a democrat,a liberal, a college graduate, and educator, I NEVER rely on name calling as a first resort. Lumping all liberals together is as wrong as lumping all conservatives together. I’m sure if you continue to watch FoxNoise you’ll be able to guess my weight and height, too.

  • Gabriel Garnica

    Coulter should know better, but Democrats cannot use this in any way since they showed zero sensitivity in the case of Palin’s family. I bet they will try because they have no scruples, little memory of their own screw-ups, and lots of gall and desperation.

  • Bjorn Toulouse

    Ann looks like Iggy Pop

    • bryan

      Haha, Ive always tried to pin down who she looked like, and that is the best call Ive ever heard. Im dying over here, thank you

  • Royce Logan

    Ok for the liberals to call Romney a murderer, a tax cheat, and a liar, conservatives homophobes, racists, and liars.

    • J

      But Royce, Romney is a tax cheat, liar, homophobe and racist. Anybody with common sense would be able to see that.

      • Marc

        What a liberal douche

  • DG

    Stupid is as stupid does, and this Ann Coulter sure is the poster child for that!!!


    SO ann said that about the obominator, no one else!!! now tell me why do liberals always jump between the bullit and its intended target!.she wasnt talking about anyone else, so stick it up your pruis.

  • Mack

    Down Syndrome people do not want to be associated with Obama. Where is your political correctness. Glad she didn’t say fat, cause I am and being called fat would insult me.

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  • David Willis

    I notice a glaring missing person in the response to the incredibly insensitive comment by the incredibly insensitive Ms Coulter. Where, pray tell is the quick to correct anyone that is the least bit liberal Special Needs advocate Sarah Palin? Oh, I forgot, she has a inability to EVER be critical of conservatives even when they use despicable language like Coulter used here.

  • DB

    My, aren’t we the sensitive nation!

  • larry

    lets see if sarah palin attacks coulter

  • Billy

    A very poor choice of words by Coulter. I have couseled my kids to never ever use it. She should have said that Obama is veracity-challenged. He lies about the attack on our embassy in Libya and the troop draw down as we pulled out of Iraq. It is embarrassing to me as an American. Emails are are being made public indicating that the attack in Libya was made known to the President as it was happenning. We could have scrambled jets and been there in an hour. It is true.

    • Carl

      And What do you think those jets would do? uncover the basterds hiding in the weeds? With this kind of atttack, in an hour those people would be long gone.

      Sometimes it makes sense to think just a little bit before we shoot.

  • Dernitgirl

    really..really she owes an public apology..If she’s not a racist she sure in the heck is doing a great job of trying to hide it. ha ha. so not laughin. She has a serious problem.

  • patricia wilcox

    Ann Coulter is right on the money. Obama doesn’t know how to answer with facts, so he lies, like a child right on, Ann.

    • alison bbb

      Your blatant ignorance and hideous commentary is scary. Please look at all of the issues, and learn to think for yourself. This hateful rhetoric is not necessary. Be kind!

    • rick

      patricia get back behing the stove where a tnuc truly belongs.Oh,and stifle yourself.

  • Dom Artois

    Liberal hypocrisy at its best. Coulter says something specifically about Obama and they lose their minds in (phony) outrage. Obama SPECIFICALLY insults the entirety of Special Olympians and no one bats an eye. Liberals are insane. www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E-EdGul8nI

  • Rob Van

    I don’t believe this is a legit letter. If the man did write it , he had help from someone else! This PC country is getting really annoying. What’s next, idiot, moron, or stupid? I’m going to use any word I choose including niggardly, so get over it!

  • http://beyond-the-political-spectrum.blogspot.com/ Beyond The Political Spectrum

    This is the same woman who claims George Bush II “excelled” academically at Harvard. What an attention wh*re!

  • eric

    someone duct tape this bitch already.more garbage comes out her mouth everytime she speaks.she really has foot in mouth diaese.

  • Marc

    Hypocrites! Come on, where are all of you when liberals eviscerate Sarah Palin and her Down Syndrome son???? Are you kidding me?? The sick perverted things that hundreds of libs said (including ‘comedians’ and other hollywood ‘entertainers’)makes saying ‘retard’ look like a compliment. GET A GRIP!

    • http://yahoo bucknaked

      Well said

  • Ro Clooney

    I don’t understand-be ye Republican, Democrat, or Independent-how anyone can give the woman 1 second of their time on this earth. It scares me to hear of people ‘liking’ her. She has made a profession of bullying, ridiculing, and demeaning people just because, she can. I have never heard anything out of her mouth worth quoting, her beliefs are very similar to a 6th grade girl who happens to have a filthy mouth and mommy has spoiled. She comes on talk shows not really saying anything but curling her mouth and spewing hate filled slander because it sells her books and keeps her in front of the camera. Mr Stephens has more class, a higher level of thinking, and most of all-compassion than she will ever have in her life.I’m sick of bullies. No one is safe from her evil.

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  • heidi

    I don’t care if you agree with the President on the decisions that he has made or not. You should at least respect the the man that is in the office and is in that position. I really do not think that any of us would make all the correct decisions 100% of the time if we were in that position. In regards to the wonderfully worded letter. I completely agree with him. There is so much that people with disabilities go through that those of us with out such disabilities will never know. That is in my opinion part of the problem with this country. We have lost the ability to be considerate and truly care about our fellow Americans.

    • http://yahoo bucknaked

      Do you really think he acts presidential ?

      • bucknakedandstupid

        yes, he is presidential. anybody not presidential is someone named bucknaked and bucknakedandstupid.

    • Kevin

      heidi, People earn respect, Obama has not done that. He is a horrible roll model, lying,blaming others for things he has blatantly screwed up. As far as the word “retard”, I never link it to someone with downs syndrome or that is challenged in school. Instead I link it to someone that makes dumb decisions time and time again.

  • Ohcomeon

    Why do people let this woman speak? Seriously – she needs to have her vocal cords cut.

    • http://yahoo bucknaked

      Because she is an American and we have the right to say what we believe even if you do not agree with what she said, Obama made a similar remark four years ago were you outraged then ? I doubt it

    • Kirk Estes

      Ann speaks the truth and the truth many times hurts! You libs have to be in a lot of pain all the time!

    • KW


  • vicki

    While I don’t condone Ann’s actions, I don’t recall seeing or hearing about John Franklin Stephens responding to President Obama when he compared his poor bowling skills to The Special Olympics

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