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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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  • Shawn

    Although I understand what she meant, Ann must learn to make use of a different word. My middle school son has had to bear the brunt of ridicule which included the word “retard” and this due to his mental challenges. I’d prefer not to lump my son with politicians labeled retarded.
    Thank you.

  • Alan Alfich

    Thanks John for demonstrating an intelligent and mature way to communicate to Ms. Coulter, who has spewed forth vile hatred in the guise of the name of Jesus through the Fox network and her own venues for so long. Coulter is simply a mulllah of the tea party, yes, mullah, analogous to the pseudoleaders of Islam who preach hatred to those unwilling or unable to observe, learn, and work through compromise and love with their own wisdom and knowledge. Coulter will use anyone, and everyone, who is outside of her small range of life, making fun and abusing anyone she wishes, all for money and the perception of intelligence to her fellow members of the tea party. John, thank you, you are a beautiful example of the American spirit and thought and you have brought yet another level of exposure of who Coulter is.

    • http://webpronews Danno

      Alan you’re a lib retard…that’s as intelligent as I can muster with such a cliche’ post as yours…you are generic and not at all creative in your thinking processes if in fact they exist within your gray matter…time to grow up little girl…

      • Alan Alfich

        I just pulled a coulter on you

      • KW

        danno … esad

        • Alan Alfich

          Danno must protect mullah at any cost

  • Edward Casey

    Not to excuse Ann Coulter’s insensitve remark, but if I am not mistaken, it was our current sitting President, speaking without his teleprompter a few months ago, who also made some disparaging remarks about the Special Olympics. Strangely, there was very little in the news about that.

  • RC

    Retard is not the R word. Free speech is a good thing-if you agree
    with the big O. There is no such thing as a retard today. You have
    to say mentally challenged Ann. Just say Obama is mentally challenged, if that’s what you mean. No proof he’s not!

    • KW

      what about you RC … in much of the known world, anyone who would express appreciation CtC is clearly retarded in the purest sense of the word.

      • RC

        I am, but I know it.

    • KW

      what about you RC … in much of the known world, anyone who would express appreciation for CtC is clearly retarded in the purest sense of the word.

    • russelle

      I guess your definition of excellent is vastly different than most of us. I see her as the queen of hate.

  • K

    As an exceptional author, speaker and political personality – I know you always choose your words very carfefully, Ann! Webster’s definition of retard:a person who is stupid, obtuse, or ineffective in some way. The word describes characteristics of Obama, clearly not you John Stephens!

  • Tom

    I would’ve taken all day to come up with a response too, and it STILL wouldn’t have been as good as this guy’s. Well done.

    • russelle

      Remember? She’s the one that said, “if romney is our candidate, we will loose this election”. I hope she is right with that statement. The queen of hate.

  • Patrick Henry

    I Love Ann Coulter!!! Tells it like it is!!! If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…then it must be a duck!!! Way to Go Ann!!!

    • Jim

      You and ann should get together,your intellengence would
      make america proud.Bullys like you and her were probably
      hits in high school.

  • http://yahoo Gene Snider

    is this the same ann coulter that was on the Geraldo show and showed him everything while he was trying to talk about oj simpson the innocent murderer,,and she calls Obama a retard and you’ve got the balls to print this on yahoo home page ,,my my my what is this world coming to

  • Richard

    She should have used a different word. And, aren’t people so very “thin-skinned” these days ?!? Does the phrase “thin-skinned” bother you too ?!? Get over it, get a life, and while you’re at it, go ahead and vote for re-election of the man you just love, despite the menial condition of our government and it’s failed policies !!

    • russelle

      For anyone to have Ann Coulter on their show, demonstrates just how negative they are willing to be. Remember Coulter is the one that said earlier, “if Romney is the nominee, we will loose this election”. I sure hope she is right. And she sells books? Books about hatred? She certainly is a prime example of hatred.

  • A

    I AM A RUPUBLICAN, BUT TO THINK THAT SOMEHOW ALIGNS ME WITH ANN COULTER IS REVOLTING. SHE IS AN ANTI-SEMETIC, BIGOTTED, DOUSCHBAG THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE A PLATFORM TO SAY ANYTHING!

  • Bubba

    I agree, Obama gives retards a bad name

  • Lauren

    While I am all for free speech there is a line between freedom and disrespect. No matter what word she used she was being blatantly disrespectful to another person. Everyone should strive to show respect to all persons no matter what. And yes I am a liberal hippie.

  • matt

    I guess we at least know who is the smarter better human between Mr. Stephens and Ms. Coulter.

  • bas4049

    Ann Coulter has no room to talk she’s said a lot o f crazy stuff .and just look at her she’s no beauty..a conservative rep..in a too short mini skirt..PLEASE!….

  • DJ Lookie Here

    I thought mentally challenged people were mentally challenged people, not retarded people. Why would a mentally challenged person take offense at a word that has nothing to do with them?

    • Tom

      A lame attempt to make this about semantics.

  • ak

    people say dumb things all the time. i dont think we need to prosicute her. but good for John F. Stephens for standing up to the insensitive comments made by Ann Coulter. bullying takes all shades

    • Chuck

      I guess that’s what pisses me off so much about what she said though. Yes, people do say stupid things all the time, but it’s not something she blurted out on live TV and perhaps wishes she would’ve worded differently….this is something she consciously thought about before putting it in words for all to see….TWICE!

    • Tom

      Ann tries to be a bully.Doesn’t work.View the video of the attempt to throw a pie in her face.Like so many of her Chicken Hawk counterparts she ”cut & run”.

  • Mike

    I was told when I was young that if you ignore a bully, they will stop and go away. Please ignore Ann Coulter! Don’t buy her books, don’t pay to hear her speak, don’t listen to on TV or the radio. Absolutely, do not contribute ANY money that would benefit her.

  • Sooner4ever

    Does anyone truly believe the supposed author of the letter actually wrote the letter? I doubt he even knows how to use a keyboard except to maneuver around parts of the internet. Seriously. As for Ann Coulter, she sure got all of those libs panties in a wad. Gotta love her!

    • Tom

      Spoken like a true Republican.Hateful & misinformed.Ann is nothing more than a laughable irritant.America has her number.

    • JEFF

      Just because you and your family only use “the keyboard” to play mindless games, don’t presume that is the case for others. We realize many of you in the “heartland” still reside in the 18th century but I personally want to thank you for the continually entertaining antics that you provide us.

  • JOHN I. TSIROS

    Ms. Coulter’s belief system and her brand of politics is hatred based. She utilizes offensive hyperbolic comments and accusations in order to garner attention. Her use of this slur is unfortunate but not surprising. Hopefully Americans from every walk of life will recognize Ms. Coulter for the hateful, spiteful individual she really is. There is no sense of humanity in her, no sense of empathy, no evidence whatsoever of compassion. She lashes out blindly and hatefully again and again, and will continue to do so in the future. Ms. Coulter and her ilk are what F. Scott Fitzgerald termed “careless people” in The Great Gatsby, people who don’t care about the consequences of their actions, who don’t care who they hurt as they recklessly meander through life. She is to be pitied, ignored and forgotten.

    • http://webpronews Jeff Harris

      Obviously you’ve got selective memory. Ann Coulter is just giving you liberal dumbasses a dose of your own shit and you can’t handle it. Perhaps you’ve forgotten all the nasty things said about Bush or you’re ignorant of the facts, or probably just ignorant, period. Your hypocritical rant is typical of the left and here’s some news for you: we don’t give a shit about your feigned outrage, we don’t care if you call us names, we’ll see you in the voting booth on Nov. 6 when we vote that communist nigger out of the White House.

  • http://n/a Martin D Miasserian

    It is a sign of the culture today. Everyone gets insulted by terms that have been in use in this country for decades. It is unfortunate that Mr. Stephens feels the comment by Ms Coulter is an attach on him and his condition. It is using a term that has had a very forceful meaning that perfectly describes the antics of this president and his minions. If Mr Stephens feel that Ms Coulter was directly referring to him it’s very unfortunate.
    It seems the liberal arm of our culture can’t stand on any of their own merits to help society solve problems they only criticize others for their use of the first amendment and facts. Liberalism has been proclaimed by some as a mental illness. It’s not so much a mental illness rather it’s dyslexia. They reverse all facts, common sense, truth and morals when it suits them. Otherwise anything goes.
    The president, vice president and their stooges all have a problem understanding that the general public isn’t stupid. They sell the cool aid to all the moonbats and they buy it hook, line and sinker. Biggest of which is the major media.
    Mr Stephens, no need to get insulted. We all love you and your accomplishments. They are significantly greater than most people that claim they are normal. I have a great deal of respect for you and anyone that overcomes a natural problem. I have a great deal of respect for Ms Coulter who tells the truth and calls them as she see it. I don’t have any respect for the small minded who take advantage of people with handicaps by promising the world to them, belittling anyone who has a solution to problems under the guise of advocating cures for the social ills. They can’t exist unless they creat the social ills for which books have been written.

    • Gene Mullett

      What is unfortunate is that you believe cruelty is OK because it has gone unchallanged for so long.

    • Tom

      People on the right,the likes of Ms. Coulter are constantly harping about the 1st amendment & the lefts percieved attempts to stiffle them.However,they cry with great indignancy when the ACLU defends any position that they find offensive.The 1st amendment is for all Americans,not just the right.It is a shame, however that the right is extended to the likes of Ms. Coulter,who use it to make baseless & blatently stupid remarks,purely to inflame & to try to reserect her tired & useless attempts to be relevent.Much like the minions of the extreme right,that even their standard barer is trying to distance himself from.

    • Michael Testerman

      There is no liberal/conservative issue here. Yes, Ms. Coulter is conservative & the President is liberal, but the ONLY issue with which Mr. Stephens takes issue is her use of a perjorative term. No one can deny that use of the R-wod in describing another in a clearly sarcastic, derogatory manner is a base way of compararing that person to someone with a mental disability.

      Mr. Stephens’ point is not so much the perjorative effect of using the word in the first place, although it is today considered patently offensive, it is that using the term to insult another also insults those with mental disabilities.

      If anyone had used the term to describe Ms. Coulter, there is no doubt Mr. Stephens response would have been the same, and rightly so.

  • Barb

    Wow, apparently this human ?, sort of, known as Ann Coulter ain’t quite bright, a few bricks short of a full load, and appears to have no fries for her happy meal. She is a viscous person.

    Mentally disabled people simply face a set of challenges that others do not.

    Of course, Ms. Colulter also appears to face a set of challenges such as a complete lack of empathy, as well as being incredibly cruel!

  • http://WebProNews chuck mangione

    The only reason you guys eat up the Ann Coulter act is so you can have a “good” conservative to think about while you’re pleasuring yourselves

    • Marty Davis

      Funny — I can just picture Donald Rumsfeld heading to the bathroom with his latest Coulter video.

    • JEFF

      You are kidding, right? If Coulter is your idea of a “good” conservative, I’d hate to see your idea of a “bad” one.

  • Marty Davis

    Thanks John for your thoughtful response, which is much better than anything most people could have put together, including myself. My quick response would be to “tell it like it is” and call Ann Coulter a psychotic bitch who should be shot.

    Fox news will never have any credibility as long as they feature the likes of her and Sean Hannity.

  • http://none yeahright!

    …that Anna looks like a dude to me, she got an adan’s apple!
    she’s super tall and bad ass like an alacran!
    The freak some times make me puke!

    • johnsnare

      I always thought Ann was a pretty interesting gal. Lately, she is having some confused menstrual problems, or she lost it.

  • chris

    A poor choice of words by Ann Coulter. But I have to say, after being constantly reminded by the left, that President Obama is the smartest guy in the room, I have yet to hear anything other than the banal come from him.

  • Don

    “Stage 3 Romneysia” – because cancer references are HILARIOUS. If he’s “the smartest guy in the room” it must be one retarded room.

    Okay Ann….I doubt Obama made a reference to cancer…but I sure as hell don’t doubt you made a reference to retards. Stick foot in mouth.

  • scott

    No way he wrote this letter. NONE.

    • Michael

      I don’t even have to ask why you say this. What ignorance you have!

    • Mark

      You sir are a very dim witted individual.

  • Michael

    I guess Ann Coulter’s comment is a warm-up for Uncle Donnie Trump’s ground breaking announcement this afternoon!

  • http://zehnproductionsgroup.com jimmy zehner

    Bravo Mr.Stephans I too endured much bulling at the hands of the ignorant and uneducated growing up in Satellite Beach.While I don’t have your challenge of Down Syndrome mine was just as unfair. I am asymetrical from birth which means one half of my body is deformed.I often wonder if people like Ann Coulter who is perfectly sexy compared to my outward uglyness relises that physical ugliness is temporal but inward ugliness is terminal! Jimmy

  • Sutoyo

    Obama did not bankrupt the General Motors, it is still alive and strong. The down Jones index is still above 13,138 today,it was 7552 on 20 Nov. 2010. You still think that we have not done the right things in the last four years?????

    • Marty Davis

      be careful Sutoyo — you can’t hit these conservative republicans with facts — it makes them dizzy!

  • Fred

    Ha! Ann coulter, u are comparing our president to the likes of the gentleman who wrote the email, John Franklin Stephens? Wow. That backfired didn’t it? I think he’d be honored to be compared to such a compassionate and gentle man. U on the other hand seem filled with anger, hatred, spite and extremes. I don’t even know who u are. Ha. But its pretty evident u need to chill out. Go get laid and enjoy life.

  • sdh

    to all of you that live in glass houses, i ve got a whole lot of rocks. I didn’t see one comment about the freedom of speech in this country, cave dwellers…its in the declaration of independence, or have you progressive libersls not seen that. Ann…Mr Stephens is on a much higher plain than the person you spoke of, of that he can be proud..thank you Mr Stephens

    • Mark

      America has freedom of speech. But I would hope to live in a country where people can insult one another without disrespecting others.

  • kevin

    Fantastic John! You are my rock star stud of the day. You sir warm my heart and remind me who the real heros in the game of life are! My brother Pete is also a Special Olympics athelete and he too teaches me the valuus instilled by the Special Olympics oath…. Let me be win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt! You were brave to stand up to someone small with a not so kind voice. Thank you John.

  • Greg

    STFU retards

    • -H

      Unbelievable. Maybe God will bless you with new eyes, and a heart so that you can have some compassion and understanding.Respect others.

  • anonomyous

    For someone that is regarded by the public as very bright I hope Ann Coulter has the humility to respond to a person who demonstrates the capacity to offer both a stinging reprisal and chance for her to learn what real kindness is about. my guess, she does not have the depth of character to even acknowledge this gentlemens comments!!

  • http://ldjones99.weebly.com/ L Jones

    This is one of the reasons why I am not a Republican any more.

  • JERRY

    ANN’S RIGHT HE IS A RETARD AND A N!!!!!. THE TRUTH HURTS

    • Mark

      You have a peanut brain. Its people like you that have caused this country to be in the shape that it it. I assume you are a republican

    • Marty Davis

      Its totally obvious that you are definitely an Ann Coulter fan — Are you head of the Tea Party?

    • JEFF

      The “Truth” is that bigots such as youself just cannot come to grips with the concept of any people of color being smarter than you, willing to work and achieve mopre than you and look towars a better America for all. Hope the words weren’t above your pathetic mental capacity. Get a life outside your prejudices

    • AdriAnne

      @Jerry
      You rude SOB Your punishment should be screwing Ann Coulter the rude,obnoxious b*tch that acts like a frickin 10 y.o that know nothing but name calling every min of the day and listening to her sickening mouth!But from your post she is probably the only woman you would be able to screw. No woman in her right mind would let you insert ignorance into them and if they do good luck with that!

    • Slim

      Really, really sorry for you. I hope and pray that the disease that hit you there will be cure for it.

  • Mark

    That was amazing. Good job John. We all could learn something from this. This is 2012, cant we find better ways of insulting people then acting like 5 year olds? Grow up Ann. Grow up America.

  • llh

    I’ve wondered about this before. I often use the “r” word to describe someone who does something dumb (including myself). I didn’t realize how offensive it is to some people. If you look up the word in the dictionary, (I looked online at www.webster.com) it gives 2 different definitions, and, as I suspected none of the definitions involved people with special needs. They don’t have a corner on the market for that word, so what’s the problem. One definition was “to cause to go slow” or something like that. If it’s that offensive, I’ll stop. But I don’t think I should have to because some people have hyper-sensitivity.

  • joda

    Way to go young man. You pointed out so well that bottom feeders..only see the bottom of things. She wanted to be merely insulting, what she was was crude. Politics seldom, if ever, bring out the better qualities of people. My old granny always told me..to put a best foot forward not stick it in my mouth :) You ARE very special indeed.

  • http://yahoo Dennis

    Boy, what an angry lady. Get a life, Ann.

  • daytripper

    I’m not sure if Ann Coulter is stupid or evil. Either way she says the craziest stuff, and her supporters must be like her.

  • Paul GC.

    Enough already with the PC-Hypersensitivity, the banning of this word or that word because it’s ‘offensive’ to some crybaby group or other, and crying the big tears over some use of a given word, whilst ignoring the larger point that is being made. Focusing, for example, on the use of the word ‘retard’ (which–by the way–when did that suddenly become politically incorrect?), and either ignoring or–more likely, failing to grasp–Coulter’s larger point (i.e., that the President is a meathead and an idiot) is in itself the very definition of stupid (or ‘retarded,’ for benefit of the perpetually-thin-skinned.) As for the so-called ‘special olympics,’ I for one am not all that impressed with them, never have been, and I have always thought they were a scam, a con-job on the touchy-feely emotions of the public, not to mention a completely pointless waste of time & money; intended more to stroke the feelings of those organising them than accomplish anything useful. (After all, what is really accomplished by fooling & deluding retarded people into believing they’re really accomplishing something when they’re not? To me, that seems more cruel than kind, to aid & abet in the delusions of someone who doesn’t know any better.) The whole thing is just a vastly overrated, politically-correct scam & a fraud, in my opinion. (To which all the bedwetting Liberals reading this who are at this point about ready to have a thermonuclear meltdown, I say: Good. Now you know how I feel every one of you lunkheads tries to dictate the terms of every public discussion according to your own politically-correct terms.) P.S. I don’t believe the supposed “letter” was written by an actual retard, either; it’s probably a fake, written by one of the (no doubt high-salaried) ‘special olympics’ organisers…

    • JEFF

      You are a truly sad and pathetic example of those whose self esteem is so low, they can only transfer to others their ineptides. Society does feel sorry for you since your hate and resentment will cause you great pain in the end.

  • bud

    Ann Coulter statements are now making us and our friends to no longer watch any networks that will endorse her. Not even an apology from her will change things. She is mean and she would never mean it. I feel sorry to the person she indorses. She is doing them NO favors.

  • Mac

    Ann Coulter really misses her cock after transgender surgery.

  • DET

    Was Mr. Stephens offended when then Presidet-elect Obama made the joke about his low bowling average being a “Special Olympics” score? If not, then he has little reason to be offended by Coulter’s remark, no matter how insensitive it may have been.

    The same goes for anyone posting here complaining about Coulter’s language.

    • Andrea

      Good point DET.

    • lj

      To all people think its a joke to called the COMANDER AND CHIEF a Retard is utterly ridiculous.thats disrespectful.. ! to call someone a retard, thats the lowest of the low.. its just like calling a gay man a faggot. not suppose to joke about it.its actually derogatory. Call him funny or silly but not retard.

  • Andrea

    Free speech yall. Why does everyone have to be so sensitive and p.c.

    • Marian

      No kidding free speech. You’re illiterate.

  • http://dadsheba@yahoo.com Michael

    Grow up people.Somebody is always hurting someone and now they get air time.She does it because you morons feed into it.I am so sick and tired people being offended.Im offended that people are offended.This is why we have the weakest generation growing up.Everyone gets a reward.Grow some backbone.If we try to limit everything in the english dictionary.Go see a movie.If all people want to be treated equal,words cannot be use to benifit you.Lets get rid of bastard,the n word and so fourth.Soft america.Yes i do have a special need person in my family,but know better in what to say.Nobodys ever call him retard.I have heard it throw at people who did or say something stupid.When is the view a moral compass for us.

    • cj

      Your grammar and punctuation offends me.

    • Steph

      “Yes i do have a special need person in my family,” It’s okay if that person is you, we understand. No need to hide anymore sweetheart. *pats shoulder*

  • Boyde

    Loosen up,
    Ann is an astute political analyst with a strong sense of humor.
    She has been pretty consistent in calling Obama an idiot.
    I have seldom declared her wrong in her assessment of people.
    If you can’t stand the heat etc, etc.

    • AKG

      The issue is not that she called someone an idiot. It’s that she called someone a “retard.” It’s only an insult when it is predicated on the assumption that everyone understands that it is bad to be “retarded”, i.e. to have a medical, mental disability.

      This letter is about how a man with Down’s Syndrome hears that word and thinks of himself, and when he thinks of himself, he thinks of someone with a great spirit. He does not think of himself as a bad or lower member of society. When someone uses “retarded” as an insult, they are propagating the idea that “retards” are lesser people and, therefore, to be associated with them or called a “retard” is insulting. To see it from his point of view, imagine if I tried to insult you by calling you straight haired. Embedded in my comment would be the viewpoint that people with straight hair are somehow bad.

      This man’s point is that, from his point of view, “retarded” should be a compliment. In his words, “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.”

  • George Farmakis

    Mr. Stevens, great job. Your comments, hit the nail on the head. To bad, Ann is so ignorant, yet so intelligent, she just does not, nor does she want, to get it.

    Good Job.
    Respectfully,
    George Farmakis

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