A hero is gentle to Ann Coulter.

During the third Presidential debate, Ann Coulter, that wicked, wicked woman, made the following tweet.

This prompted a response from a Special Olympian with down syndrome.

A picture of John Frankling Stephens.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.

You should read the whole thing.  It strains even the healthy mind to conceive of how so much beauty and sense could be stated so concisely.  If a fair-minded god existed, there would be no universe in which the voice of John Franklin Stephens had less influence than Ann Coulter’s.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • http://IAmDanMarshall.com Dan

    I read this shortly after arriving to work this morning (even wrote my own post about it: http://iamdanmarshall.com/2012/10/24/an-open-letter-to-ann-coulter/). I definitely did not expect to start my workday by crying at my desk at 4:10am, but I’m really glad I read this letter. It gave me a lot to think about.

    • Jaketoadie

      I think that crying at my desk would be the way I started every workday if I had to be there at 4:10 AM…

      Regarding the story, I agree 100%, the fact that Ann Coulter has any audience is a sad commentary on the state of the populace

      • http://IAmDanMarshall.com Dan

        On the plus side, if people like Coulter were not around, these pieces would not exist or, if they did, would not get the attention they deserve. It’s a shame that Coulter gets any attention at all, but it at least gives her ideological opponents a chance to rebut her absurd arguments.

  • 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

  • UsingReason

    Amazingly, she tweeted a second time that night indicating if Obama was the smartest person in the room then the room must be ‘retarded’. Of course this is in the same tweet where she claims that Romneyesia is in poor taste because jokes about cancer aren’t funny. That’s right, she’s that fucking stupid.