US pundit under fire over 'retard' tweet

2012-10-25 12:00

Washington - Combative US conservative pundit Ann Coulter came under fire on Wednesday from a Special Olympian with Down syndrome after she branded President Barack Obama a "retard" on Twitter.

"Come on Ms Coulter, you aren't dumb and you aren't shallow," John Franklin Stephens, a soccer player and "global messenger" for the Special Olympics movement, said in an open letter online.

"So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult?"

Coulter, aged 50, famous for her shrill polemical style, tweeted during Monday's foreign policy debate between Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney: "I highly approve of Romney's decision to be kind and gentle to the retard."

The remark was still up on her Twitter account on Wednesday, along with another from Tuesday that disputed Obama's description of Romney's apparent policy flip-flops as an advanced form of "Romneysia".

Battling public perception

"'Stage 3 Romneysia' - because cancer references are HILARIOUS," Coulter wrote. "If he's 'the smartest guy in the room' it must be one retarded room."

Stephens, aged 30, told Coulter that throughout his life he's battled a public perception that an intellectual disability - Down syndrome is a chromosome abnormality that can bring on a lower IQ - means he is "dumb and shallow".

"Well, Ms Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honour," he wrote on the website of Special Olympics Virginia, his home state.

"No one overcomes more than we do and still loves life so much," he said. "Come join us some day at Special Olympics. See if you can walk away with your heart unchanged."

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-25 12:09

    What a BITCH!!! Typical Republican thinking.

      vaaldonkie.visagie - 2012-10-25 12:22

      What the hell do you know about "typical" political opinions in a foreign country?

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-25 12:26

      Lived there.

      whatda.fuqbro - 2012-10-25 12:34

      Yeah Vaal, anyone who doesn't live in the world's number 1 powerhouse and by far the biggest influence of Western culture will know nothing about that country...

      ClassWarTrotsky - 2012-10-25 12:36

      @stirrer.stirrer Damn right. Ann Coulter is even wacker than Palin and Bachmann combined. Hideous old crone would probably eat her own young, if she could find a male willing to mate with her.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-25 12:37

      LA actually, Casters Knaters. But I must admit, your profound knowledge of San Francisco impresses me.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-25 13:22

      You are just a sad, racist, homophobe. BTW, I'm as straight as an arrow, but your obsession with sexuality makes me wonder about you...

      haig.tait - 2012-10-25 15:18

      okay okay jsut because he used BITCH does not mean he hates woman u narrow minded idiot......damn lets look at the definition of bitch: A female dog, wolf, fox, or otter. yoh please learn to is your friend...

      vaaldonkie.visagie - 2012-10-25 18:06

      I don't think you're allowed to live in San Francisco or Los Angeles if you're Republican... I still to this day can't figure out how Arnold Schwarzenegger (republican) became governor.

  • Billy - 2012-10-25 12:24

    LOL! i find this hilarious. i just imainge it being said in a typical beverly hills type accent. "OMG what a REtard" haha. in any case!! get off your high horse not everything is about you retard. retard - the act or result of delaying. so if someone is a bit slow or off, you call them a retard. get it!?

      demi.cooke.7 - 2012-10-25 12:45

      Oh well said casters, i dig u ha ha ha

      shaunpatrickdaly - 2012-10-25 13:43

      She's from Connecticut, so you're only about 4000 km's off.

      Billy - 2012-10-25 17:45

      yeah shaun, i have no idea where shes from, but thanks for that, the picture and "retard" comment just sparked that thought.

  • johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-25 12:24

    But he isn't a retard, he is intellectually inefficient, only politicians are retards! (Now before you all wan't to slit my throat I'm merely paraphrasing a George Carlin sketch on being politically correct)

      demi.cooke.7 - 2012-10-25 12:46

      Im still laughing :)

  • Mark - 2012-10-25 13:39

    What a sour old B1tch. Even Bill Clinton wouldn't touch her.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-25 14:17

      Even though she sucks?

  • shaunpatrickdaly - 2012-10-25 13:40

    Anyone who takes Coulter, Savage or Limbaugh seriously are themselves retarded. The only way any of that ilk get press outside their normal Neocon outlets is by saying "edgy" crp like this.

  • renierf1 - 2012-10-25 13:49

    Can someone at News24 actually cover this election, rather than serve up this rubbish? And TRY to represent both sides equally. @stirrer.stirrer - And what are you? A democrat? Well then all of your biased, inflammatory comments on articles posted on News24 must obviously be typical Democrat thinking? If that be the case then I must sure "be" a Republican.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-25 14:25

      What, me biased? Noooo-o-o-o-o-o-ooo..... ;-) LOL, I just made it my life's mission to eradicate stupidity from the world. So far stupidity's winning, there's too much of it! BTW, inflammatory comments are only aimed at those too stupid to realize they are stupid. Amazing how many of those there are on these forums. Why I lean Democrat, is again because of the stupidity in this world. I mean, the Republicans gave us Bush! Two of them! Each for two terms! Romney's not much better, if any.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-25 19:31

    If that was her attempt at an insult, then it only exposes her appalling attitude towards those poor unfortunates who are intellectually challenged.

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