Have you ever heard of Ann Coulter? Well, I hadn’t until today, and now I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you. She has written eight New York Times best selling novels, she is a legal correspondent for Human Events and among other things she writes a column for Universal Press Syndicate.
But amidst all of these things Ann Coulter also happens to be quite ignorant, at least in my opinion.
She is an avid Romney supporter and uses her twitter account to support him while she trash talks Obama.
In this tweet Coulter has decided to refer to Obama as “the retard.”
Then yet again she decides to use the word in reference to an entire room of people.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse…
John Franklin Stephens, a 30-year old Special Olympics athlete with Down Syndrome, wrote a letter to Coulter explaining why she shouldn’t be using the word “retard” in reference to anyone.
Coulter then said in an article in the Huffington Post that she was not referring to someone with an “actual mental handicap” and also “screw them” to critics of her tweet.
She even tweeted the story about how she did this:
This is a prime example of how this word gets misused, and the most disheartening part of the story is that as of November 5, 2012, Coulter has 286,263 followers on her Twitter account. All of these people are reading her tweets and then reading how she has no remorse for the people she is potentially hurting.
Although this is a sad story, let’s look at the bright side and at how John Franklin Stephens is an amazing and brave man who is not afraid to stand up for those who Coulter may have affected with her careless words.