By Hillary Busis
Updated October 24, 2012 at 03:08 PM EDT
Ann Coulter
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In an age when partisanship is starker than ever, poor Ann Coulter has to act more and more outrageous just to get people to pay attention to her. This may explain why the outrage-generating machine sent the following tweet after Monday’s presidential debate:

Oh, and then there was this one:

Eeeesh. While we’d love to just pretend this never happened, Coulter’s offensive words did at least inspire Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens to write a moving open letter in response. Stephens hasn’t let his Down syndrome stop him from living life to the fullest — and he, perhaps more than anyone, is the perfect person to point out how wrong Coulter’s tweets were. Here’s the most poignant part of the letter:

Stephens ends the letter by inviting Coulter to attend the Special Olympics. He signs it “a friend you haven’t made yet” — pretty charitable, all things considered. As of yet, Coulter hasn’t responded.

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