Coulter Just Can’t Win

Granted, she can’t win because she’s an awful human being with no conscience, but still.

So, last week she decided to call the president a “retard” in a tweet, and, understandably, people freaked the fuck out. Because it’s ignorant and makes her seem like she’s insulting people, even if it can be used to generally mean a not very bright person (and occasionally is by not very bright people).

And, surprisingly, there’s a backlash of sorts. Turns out she had a talk at the University of Ottawa canceled because the protesters outnumbered attendees 20 to 1 and University officials feared for her safety. This was after she published the very polite letter sent to ask her not to be a terrible troll because Canadians tend to frown on that sort of behavior, accompanied by a wailing chorus of how poor and oppressed she is because people don’t universally acclaim her idiot ramblings.

On top of that, Michelle Malkin, who is equally wingnutty and just as awful as Coulter, decided to blast her competition in the “unironic conservative woman” category by calling her remark “stupid and shallow” and by pointing out that “stage 3” doesn’t necessarily refer to cancer, which is not contagious. While I suspect that Malkin would be intentionally making this same mistake if the blonder version of her didn’t get there first, it’s enjoyable to see enlightened self-interest being used for good for once.

But the best, the very, very best response to Coulter’s bit of keyboard bashing lunacy, was from Special Olympian John Franklin Stephens. JT has the whole comment, but here’s a taste:

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.

People want this woman to disappear from the public consciousness. I prefer to keep her around for the ability to mercilessly mock her. Like Donald Trump, there is a certain pleasure in pointing out the missteps of people so wholly convinced of their own perfection who are simultaneously so very, very wrong.

So please, Ms. Coulter, keep speaking and struggling for relevance.


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