Scripps College student McKenzie Deutsch got a picture with Vice President Mike Pence and Republican Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rogers. Knowing many of her peers from the university were left-leaning, she was hesitant to post the picture on Facebook. But, wanting to share this unique experience after a summer interning for McMorris Rogers, she posted it anyway.
Then, the hate started pouring in. She wrote about the experience in an article for the Claremont Independent, saying:
“Shortly after posting the photo, I began receiving vicious comments and private messages accusing me of not caring about LGBTQ rights and attacking me for getting anywhere near the Vice-President.”
“Close friends and distant acquaintances alike lashed out in fury, subjecting me to lectures, rants, and name-calling — all while ignoring the photo’s plainly apolitical context.”
“According to my peers, taking a photo with Vice-President Pence is anything but neutral. In fact, it constitutes direct violence and oppression against marginalized groups.”
Fellow students called her viles names- like “bitch,” and mocked her with grossly hyperbolic questions such as: “Did you manage to ask him why he thinks women are second-class citizens?” and “How many LBGTQ folks do you need to help send to conversion therapy in exchange for reproductive rights from Pence?”
Deutsch concluded her essay with a call for unity, saying:
“Apparently, when it comes to those with whom they disagree, many of my peers are only capable of disrespectful engagement…This is not as it should be. We need a genuine dialogue — now more than ever.”
The leftist zeitgeist obsessed with shutting down dialogue and turning to vile name-calling on college campuses is getting out of hand. Deutsch managed to stick up for herself with exceptional grace and class.
Let’s show this young lady some support by SHARING her message of unity out!