During Monday’s presidential debate, conservative pundit and paid provocateur Ann Coulter said she supported Mitt Romney’s strategy to not attack President Barack Obama. Or, as Coulter put it on Twitter, “I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.” On Tuesday, John Franklin Stephens, a Special Olympics athlete, published an open letter to Coulter, asking her why she continually uses the “R-word.”
‘Dumb and shallow’
“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,” Stephens wrote. “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.”
More from Stephens’ letter:
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.
Stephens concluded by inviting Coulter to the Special Olympics:
See if you can walk away with your heart unchanged.
A friend you haven’t made yet,
John Franklin Stephens
Not surprisingly, the letter quickly went viral, garnering more than 10,000 “likes” on Facebook, 6,000-plus Twitter shares and nearly 1,000 comments on the Special Olympics blog—virtually all of them supportive of Stephens.
And if you’re waiting for Coulter to apologize for her R-word tweet, don’t hold your breath. On Tuesday, Coulter criticized a line in President Obama’s stump speech, tweeting: “‘Stage 3 Romneysia’—because cancer references are HILARIOUS. If he’s ‘the smartest guy in the room’ it must be one retarded room.”
What can you say about Ann Coulter’s “retard” remarks? Do you think she would ever send a reply to John Franklin Stephens’ open letter?
Source: Yahoo News
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