Top Leaderboard, Site wide
Left Masthead
October 10, 2015
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
Sign up for Truthdig's Email NewsletterLike Truthdig on FacebookFollow Truthdig on TwitterSubscribe to Truthdig's RSS Feed

Chaos Is the GOP’s New Normal

Primo Levi, Complete

Truthdig Bazaar more items

Ear to the Ground
Print this item

Special Olympian Responds to Ann Coulter ‘Retard’ Tweet

Posted on Oct 24, 2012
Flickr/ Gage Skidmore

Ann Coulter.

John Franklin Stephens, a Special Olympics athlete with Down syndrome, has penned an open letter to conservative pundit and provocateur Ann Coulter in response to this tweet from Monday night after the presidential debate:

The offensive tweet was met with outrage by many, including fellow conservative author Michelle Malkin. But instead of apologizing, Coulter—never one to shy away from controversy—compounded the remark, using the “r-word” yet again in this tweet Tuesday:

Stephens’ response to Coulter’s bigotry, however, is truly touching, thoughtful and heartfelt. In short, it’s better than what she deserved.

The letter reads in part:

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.

He ends his amazing letter by inviting Coulter to “join us someday at Special Olympics. See if you can walk away with your heart unchanged.”

You can read the full text here.

—Posted by Tracy Bloom.

More Below the Ad


Square, Site wide

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
Right Internal Skyscraper, Site wide
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network

Like Truthdig on Facebook