Ann Coulter “Helps” Romney by Calling Obama a “Retard” & Man With Down’s Syndrome’s Response
And, Coulter is unrepentant, blaming the victims even, telling anyone who contradicts her to “screw them,” as if she is not a bully.
“Look, no one would refer to a Down Syndrome child, someone with an actual mental handicap, by saying ‘retard.’ Where do you think the words ‘imbecile,’ ‘idiot,’ ‘moron,’ ‘cretin’ come from? These were all technical terms at one time. ‘Retard’ had been used colloquially to just mean ‘loser’ for 30 years,” Coulter insisted. “But no, no — these aggressive victims have to come out and tell you what words to use.”
After Monday’s presidential debate, Coulter tweeted, “I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.” She later doubled down on her use of the slur, prompting even more backlash.
On Thursday, Colmes pressed her to respond to critics like John Franklin Stevens, a 30-year-old Special Olympic athlete, who penned a blog post about Coulter’s tweet.
“It would be one thing if I said in my tweet a joke about Special Olympics, a joke about Down Syndrome,” she said. “No one would call someone with Down Syndrome ‘retard.’ I call you a ‘retard.’”
It takes a special kind of nasty to defend a word like “retard” when you mean it as an insult. It would be one thing if Ann Coulter didn’t mean to use the word “retard” as an insult, but she did, and it’s awful. It’s kind of like Michigan Supreme Court “Justice,” Robert Young, using the word “nigger” because he is black and feels it’s acceptable when he is angry: ““WATCH OUT FOR THOSE NiggerS OUT THERE. (Laughter) REALLY . . .”
Hmm, and so is using the word “retard” as an insult? Not so much. With that kind of help, and Romney’s comments about 47% of Americans siphoning from the government, Romney doesn’t need enemies.
Here is the response from a man, who has mental retardation, showing more class that Ann Coulter can dream about:
“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,” 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.”
“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”