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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  • Wizard64

    An inspiring letter. I knew a gentleman many years ago who had Downs Syndrome. His dad taught at the same school as I. He went to school in our town. It took him several more years than others to graduate from high school, which was a remarkable achievement at that time (30 years ago) and he went on to a junior college as well. Ann Coulter is, IMO, a remarkably angry and bitter woman, wh is always looking to make public waves in order to sell her hateful books. Mr. Stephens is a hero. Both our President and his opponent, Mitt Romney are intelligent men, and not deserving of such foolish spewing of hate.

    • AdriAnne

      @Wizard64 Bravo for your outlook! I too think both men are intelligent,well spoken and yes handsome! Ann Coulter is a detriment to the Republican Party as is Glenn Beck,Rush Limbaugh,Sarah Palin,Donald Trump,Todd Akin and the list goes on and on! Thank goodness these people do not represent the human race whatsoever!

  • AdriAnne

    Wow all the conservatives jumped on Sarah Palin’s bandwagon when she went berserk about that VERY same word being used and it was so not acceptable THEN! Because her son has down syndrome NOW it is okay with the very same conservatives when used against a democrat. So typical!!!

    Young man keep standing up for yourself and all those like you and some maybe worse! There is no explanation or name to call people like Ann Coulter she obviously has some kind of disorder. Its called Repressed,ignorant,big mouth,POS disease!

  • Rob

    This is just the latest in a long line of Republican sentiments which prove what Mitt Romney was saying about the “47%”. They at best give lip service to the middle class and basically believe the poor are their because of their own doing. They don’t bother to look deeper and understand that “poor” has many connotations. But by consistently lumping all poor people as part of some grand welfare scam they disenfranchise most people that might have given a Republican president a chance. Anne Coulter benefits from the reality TV mentality the Republicans believe all Liberal posess because the Republicans think they are “smarter than a fifth grader”. Ann Coulter couldn’t pen anything near the class and pointedness on any subject as John Stephens did in his.

  • Craig Corson

    I have often wondered exactly what it was that turned Frau Coulter into the insufferable bitch that she is. She has a superiority complex five miles wide. I wonder how she will earn her living when her ass grows to that size, because she will surely not be a darling of the right wing media at that point. The only reason she enjoys any notoriety at all is for 1)Her admittedly attractive physical appearance, which WILL NOT last forever, and 2)The outrageous, untruthful, unkind, heartless comments she makes and attitude she projects whenever she speaks – the right, for reasons unknown to mentally healthy people (and I include the young man with Downs’ syndrome in that category), just LOVE that sort of thing!
    One can only pity such miserable human beings as Frau Coulter and her ilk, were it not for the fact that they have such a negative impact on the political discourse in our society. If this shrew of a woman has ANY shame (which is not at all in evidence), I deeply hope that this incident hits her as hard as a bullet between the eyes.
    I would much prefer that she had chosen a modeling career, where vapidity such as hers is more to be expected. Perhaps no photographer wanted to work with her; the ugliness within her shines right through, as plain as daylight.

  • No More OBAMA

    But liberals can call a cosevrvative woman a cunt and no one cares get over yourselves sounds like you are retarded

    • http://Att.net Richard

      Who called Ann out like that! Shame on them. She is not likable, but curses are not called for.

      The best thing to do is to shun her,

  • TheDude

    Yea, “Mr. Stephens” actually wrote that letter.

    • Sumpter Carter

      Oh definitely. Though he may have shared the sentiment, I strongly doubt that he wrote that.

  • http://yahoo ricardo

    i don`t like people that has no respect for are president Ann Coulter always been a big bully and I don`T like this the women at all.

  • Jeffrey

    Ann Coulter is a genius performer on the level of Andy Kaufman. He’s definitely pulled the wool over the eyes of American conservatives, big-time.

  • Kelli Leitner

    What a very well thought out and written letter. I applaud you John Franklin Stephens!
    Sense of humor or not, there is nothing funny about her remarks. People experiencing developmental disabilities and peopel who work with those people experiencing developmental disabilities have been fighting a long time to get people to quit using the “R” word.
    It has nothing to do with a soft generation, rather teaching people to respect one another.
    Yes we do have “freedom of speech” and Mr. Stephens has just as much right to call out Anne Coulter as some of you feel she has the right to use her choice of words.

  • Elizabeth

    WOW!! Hats off to you, Mr John Franklin Stephens!! You got your point across in the most dignified of manners – I truly salute you!

  • david bermes

    Has anything she has ever said or done contributed to the good of our society? Ignor her and anyone associated with her.

  • https://www.facebook.com/WeDemandAnnCoulterApologizesForUsingTheWordRetard Sharon

    Who would be shocked to hear of Ann Coulter talking like this anyways?

    She is absolutely horrible! She is so shameless and doesn’t ever feel like she should say sorry for all that she does and says. It is pathetic…

  • Toto

    Ann is a very smart lady. Whoever gets offended by this is nothing but a brainless liberal with an ax to grind. Ann is hated because she is not politically correct. These axxwipes liberals hate that. Well guess what? SHOVE IT!

  • Toto

    You idiots criticizing her need a life and a brain. She didn’t mean to offend disabled kids you morons! It was directed at Obama. I’d cut my right hand off that you were brainless to vote for Obama. Look at the mess this country is in right now thanks to you 4th grade dropouts. This country is headed for communism. Obama’s election proved most people are stupid idiots. Now, get off TMZ dot com and use your f…ing brain for once you f..ing liberal idiots!

    • SResa

      Freely condemning everybody that doesn’t think like you do as idiots and morons, either you consider yourself a wonderkind of intelligence and political savvy or you are a clear example of the people you are degrading.
      If you can’t see her comments as highly insulting, not to Pres. Obama but to developmentally challenged people everywhere, then it is clear where your level of intelligence lies.
      To call someone a “retard” as a slur is to use the word in a derogatory way, meaning to be a “retard” is to be the lowest of the low.
      If you knew anything that wasn’t spoonfed to you by the likes of this vile woman and Fox News you would recognize that this country is in a rebounding phase, having only recently emerged from the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression (google it). George Bush’s irresponsible runup of the federal defecit through military spending and tax cuts for the wealthy, as well as lax regulation of the financial and energy markets are what threw us into this morass, nearly wiping out the middle class. You would have us go right back into that way of governing, either making you incredibly ignorant or sheepishly devoted to the rich white men who want to rule. Probably both, I would imagine.
      If you would be interested in debating the issues, I’d welcome it.

    • DM

      Wow, that was the most thoughtful post I have ever read. I’m sure the candidate you support would approve of your detailed discription of the “idiots”, but what confuses me is that you are justifing someone calling the POTUS a retard? The office of the President is a position that is to be respected not trashed. Also, calling anyone a “retard” is ignorant & dumb. So by you posting your temper tantrum, it proves that you are either a.) a child who didn’t get enough sleep last night or b.) you are the main reason this country is viewed the way it is. Once you start respecting others, maybe you will earn some yourself. Grow up, buy a dictionary and expand your vocabulary.

    • matt

      No, Toto, we don’t need a life or a brain, it is you who needs a brain. We all know that her inane comments were directed at Obama, we are smart. The fact that you and someone like that insignificant woman don’t care enough to think about how their words affect others, show that it is you who needs a brain. You are obviously selfish, ignorant and uneducated. You cannot dispute that, well, unless you don’t have the brain capacity to do so. And by the way, I am not a “f..ing liberal idiot”; I am conservative, but just know how to treat another human being.

    • Michael

      Honestly Toto, your response is close minded and idiotic. Everyone has their own opinions and this article in itself was NOT about politics at all, yet you feel so inclined to just blast every single person voting for Obama, calling them brainless f…ing liberals. Truthfully, that ignorance and stupidity is what’s wrong with this country. Do us all a favor; open your eyes and welcome yourself into the twenty first century. Calling someone a “retard” is extremely outdated, close minded, and not acceptable today in society just like racial slurring is, as it offends people. The point of the article was that what Ann said was wrong. Level headed, thoughtful people don’t just blast that kind of bull**** on twitter. They also don’t write an extremely rude and irrelevant response on something that has NOTHING to do with this article when no one is even TALKING about who is voting for who. What she said was wrong. Plain and simple. Stop blasting your cheap, archaic, conservative way of thinking where no one wants it and level out your completely unstable attitude, taking a minute to think before you post a sub par, elementary response that resembles a temper tantrum of a four year old.

    • http://Att.net Richard


      Why such vituperative language? Can’t you express yourself in a reasonable manner? Perhaps you are the 4th grade dropout that you tried to denigrate. In any case, wild angry comments such as yours don’t add anything to the conversation. Please don’t curse those who would do you no harm and who hope that you will some day come to appreciate all that us thinking liberals have done for people like you. Be well! Live a good life and try to find good in others. May God be with you.

    • Becky

      I can’t believe you missed the whole point and you did it so spectacularly, including insults and faux-profanity. The letter from Mr. Stephens is NOT about Obama.

  • dodonfred

    Ann Coulter is EXACTLY what is wrong with this country. Along with Rush Limbaugh the entire fox “news” staff and MS NBC. She spreads lies and incites hate through her work. The brainless people who get their opinions from these “news” people need to wake up and think for themselves. Stop just spouting the prepackaged crap that she and the others program you with!

  • Corpseman

    Mister Stephens’ letter would carry a lot more weight if he could post it alongside the open letter he surely wrote to President Obama about his Tonight Show interview comment that his bowling was “like the Special Olympics or something”. Until then, I will reserve further judgement.

    • Becky

      So does that mean you condone it because it has happened before? Open your heart and understand this type of speak happens everyday! It is meant to degrade and is truly hurtful. I know I live it as I walk along side my son who also has Down Syndrome. Attitudes are changed much to slow but each person can make a difference. I hope you will think before you so quickly dismiss others concerns. What if the shoe was on the other foot?

  • Mark Forror

    What bothers me most about Ann Coulter is the blatant way that she uses her position as a “journalist” to become a mouthpiece for the Far Right. For people like her, their beliefs are reflexive, not based on any intelligent thought. If such people ever got into any position of real power, the result could be devastating. Former Alabama Governor George Wallace once said that he didn’t really believe in segregation, but he supported it for political reasons. If that’s true (I believe it is yet another Wallace lie), then it only magnifies his crimes. Ann Coulter is the same way. I don’t believe that she really believes much of what she says, but she is doing it to further a political agenda, and a vile one at that. She sees herself as taking her place high up in the Far Right hierarchy, but she should be careful. When the wheel turns ’round, it will roll right over people like her.

  • Happie Larson

    There are many ignorant words we no longer use in polite company! The N-word being a recent example! Why does the R-word still longer on? Because the very people it is meant to degrade, tend to be less likely to have the influence to make a change! Having adopted 15 children with special needs, many who some may describe by using the R-word, let me add my voice to this who say STOP! This is not acceptable! We may not use words to degrade race, sexual orientation or disability! STOP using the R-word to degrade!

  • http://www.dregstudios.com Brandt Hardin

    Ann is just one of the talking heads guarding the inhabitants of Bullsh*t Mountain from rejoining the world of the sane. Fox News is a propaganda machine which dumbs down America by the day through disinformation and their slanted agendas. See their anchors spewing forth feces from their mouths in my visual homage to the network on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-fox-news-scylla-guardian-of-bullsht.html

  • Julie Foster

    Perhaps America needs a lesson in human respect and dignity and a better understanding of why we seek to create a better nation with better humanbeings for a better world. That starts with how we treat both our President and our poor and disabled children. God only assigns the value of each person in his eyes but in my eyes John and his kind are far more valuable to the rest of us on earth than the disrespectful haters like Ann and so many of you.

  • David

    Mr. John Franklin Stephens, you are one of the special people in this world that I would be honored to meet. In today’s world where it is considered OK to be insulting, rude, obscene or inconsiderate of other peoples feelings, you stand out as an example of how the world should be.

  • John

    I think Ms. Coulter has just torpedoed her own ship. She is entitled to her opinions but to blatantly insult the President and people who have developmental difficulties to boot is really beyond free speech. She should be ashamed of herself. I don’t care how “good looking” she is when she speaks like that she is VERY unattractive. I for one will not listen to her anymore when she visits talk shows and I think others should do the same. Maybe when she sees she’s not so “hot” anymore she will realize you can’t get away with saying derogatory things!She should apologize for this latest bit of insensitve talk.

    • Robert

      Good comment John….and all the others who believe that no one should stoop to this level. Based on this line of reasoning, obama speeches should be boycotted too. After all he did say on national t.v. his bowling was so bad it was like the special olympics….or is it o.k. if obama does it?

      • im2late

        ANN COULTER – What a sorry excuse for a human being! What makes her even more of a disgrace is that she makes all these nasty comments with a cross hanging from her neck. She is about as Christian as Ayman Al-Zawahiri!

      • im2late

        @Robert No comparison. Although Mr. Obama’s comment was insensitive and certainly NOT politically correct it was said without malice towards anyone whereas Ms. Coulter’s comment was meant as a direct insult. IMHO Coulter is the poster girl for malice!

  • Siobhan Morgan

    Ann Coulter should be ashamed of herself ignorant and irresposible comments!!!

  • Iolanda

    I think that no one is held accountable for his or her actions or what they say these days. I believe that when someone says something so freely they truly believe what they are saying or they would not be able to speak so freely. I believe in free speech and I think everyone has an opinion. However, calling people names that are hurtful I don’t think should be a part of free speech.

  • Travis

    Without a doubt the Smartest thing I have heard this entire Campaign, Just came from you John Stephens. Your an Inspiration to all Americans!

  • MJK

    Ann Coulter is shameless, silly, and simply mean-spirited. She is a fine representation of the Ugly American.

  • Howie S

    Ms. Coulter is a publicity hound who says things to feed her need for attention. That is not new. This comment shows that she doesn’t know right from wrong.

  • Theresa Long

    You are absolutely right, “Well, Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor.”
    The people I have on my route who have Downs light up my life all the time with their easy smiles and love of life.
    We are very blessed to have a little guy in our family with Downs and he quickly became the center of everyones attentions. He is such a beautiful child and he is blessed to have you stand tall and proud to educate people on what a blessing you and others like you are.
    I hope Obama stands tall and proud today because he has been aligned with such amazing people.

  • Anne

    Ms. Coulter is a perfect example of what is wrong with our society today. We have become a society where nasty words and bullying are acceptable. Her lack of empathy and intelligence is obvious and yet people still listen.

    Shame on her and shame on those that think what she says is “ok” and appropriate on almost any matter.

  • EmilyAnn

    Why anyone pays attention to the nasty, mean-spirited Ms. Coulter is beyond my comprehension. She does not deserve a moment of my time, but I am happy that John Franklin Stephens put her in her place.

    To John, you have inspired me and now that you have so eloquently put Ms. Coulter in her place, please know that bullies like her do not deserve even one minute of your time We need to ignore them and pray they just disappear once and for all.

  • Edna Kimmel

    Ms. Coulter, when you look into the mirror, as I believe you do quite often, I’m sure you tell yourself, “Wow, I’m so beautiful! It’s time to look inside yourself and see the ugliness which is the true you.
    Your comments have always been ugly and hurtful to others. That’s who you are. So I say Kudos to you, John Franklin Stephens, for so eloquently putting ugly Ann in her place.

    • Tom

      This country is made of the right to freedom of speech. Obama has already stated that if he’s re-elected that, that right will be taken away. So, for this lady to call him a retard is the most minute of what we should look in the mirror and reflect upon. The man is a puppet who is misled by an an age-old bitterness that wants to enslave the world. And, you might want to call this hysterical but, there are some things beyond fathoming that you will never comprehend. And, wouldn’t it be very ironic that the strongest, most free nation in the world, ever becomes enslaved by the ideologies of i-slam. So, go look in the mirror and think, what is more detrimental, this woman using the r word which had nothing to do with people with downs-syndrome or, what this man represents, who if allowed to will not give a sh.. about anyones in americas sensibilities as long as they adhere th shia-islam.

      • tony

        Ok, Tom you’re an asshole. Didn’t take long to sit down and pen that. And I get to exercise my freedom of speech. How bout that Tom, you jerk off.

        • Robert

          It is really ironic that you would stoop to foul mouthed insults..and at the same time have nothing intelligent to say. Do you work for cnn by any chance?

          • leslie

            Well the insults are not worth it and definitely not a cnn worker i hope. But Tom I feel like you are all from a very different planet than me. Cause whatever your ideologies are are certainly way out of order. well feel free to speak out your mind but I think you should be doing that in MARS

      • http://none Saliha Allan

        Tom is just showing what he knows about Islam, which is not a lot. By the way “shia” which has nothing to do with “shit” means “partisan” (of Imam Ali) (Sorry, Tom) I am proud to be associated with someone as respected and as noble as Imam Ali. As for the President, if he is a puppet, so were all the others, and certainly candidate Romney. As far as the President possibly being a Muslim, if that is so, he hasn’t been a very good one because he hasn’t kept the promises he presumably made in Cairo–he’s caved in to Israel, and the hard-line Zionist lobby at every turn, and hasn’t effectively done anything the stop the drone attack in the Middle East/South Asia. You have a right to your opinion, but others also have a right to correct you on something so outrageously off-the-wall as your previous comments. Good Day.

        • http://none Saliha Allan

          Actually, I meant to say “shia” means “partisan” and has nothing to do with that other word, but part of it got cut out–oh well.

      • leslie

        wow i wonder where you come from……. are we living in thesame world???? i guess not cause you sound soooo MArs. Good Luck with such Ideologies

        • leslie

          Oh the message above is for TOM
          and sure Shia doesnt mean anything like what Tom said it was

  • Tom

    I doubt this kid actually sat down, thought this out and, wrote it.

    • Ruth

      This ‘kid’? If you had actually read the article, you might have noted that the gentleman who wrote this is 30 years old.

    • Glenda

      You missed the whole point. I think what he is saying is that people should be careful applying labels to people; like the one I was going to apply to you

    • leslie

      if this kid can participate in the special olympics what makes you think he can not write this. This just confirms the stereotypical views of people about individuals with Down Syndrome. This just confirms the real meaning of the word Retard when people use it.and even so, being retarded means being slow in grasping simple concepts not an inability to grasp those concepts. Being a retard in no way defines someone as being stupid. those a two different words and Ann Coulter should be ashamed for using the word publicly. I dont care if she called the president that but it might as well be anyother person and its not just right.

  • PC

    Yes what she said was wrong but does everyone forget this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HOBTUCv4o0 when Obama made the same type of comment talking about his bad bowling, saying it was like special olympics, obama is just as bad

  • Jim

    I have a nephew with Down’s syndrome. I sincerely doubt the letter was written by him. He is just a face used for some political operatives own agenda. To me, that is worse than anything Anne Coulter might say. By the way, people with downs are not “retards”. To me the term is someone who is acting “stupidly”.

    • leslie

      sorry dear down syndrome doesnt mean dumb syndrome. Maybe your cousin didnt get attended to quite early with all proffessionals like speech pathologist and even psychoanalysts because someone with down syndrome can very well write a book about the nations spending. The only difference is that they would take 5 times longer than you (without Down Syndrome not Dumb syndrome)

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