Conservative social media aficionados are probably aware of the saga of “Victor” a MAGA hat wearing retiree who was accosted in a Palo Alto, California Starbucks by one Rebecca Parker Mankey, aged 46, who tried to incite a mob against him and run him out of the coffee shop.
Mankey started shouting at Victor, accused him of being a Nazi and yelled repeatedly that he was a racist. Mankey later wrote on Facebook it was “really heartbreaking” that she was the only person yelling at Victor.
Mankey’s post noted that she wanted to find out “his name, where he lived, his wife’s name and where his kids went to school,” seeming to imply an intent to “dox” him, or publish identifying information about him with malicious intent.
The post was shared widely among conservatives on social media and made its way to Mankey’s employer, Gryphon Stringed Instruments.
According to reporting by Allison Levitsky of the Palo Alto Daily Post, Mankey was fired from her accounting job on Tuesday.
It seemed particularly ironic that Mankey called Victor a Nazi, he told Ms. Levitsky, since he is Jewish.
“I would call that just utterly irrational,” Victor said. “Anyone with a high school education should know about the Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.”
“She was unhappy that a mob didn’t form in Starbucks,” Victor said. “It’s a credit to the people at Starbucks.”
Victor said the confrontation and its aftermath have been “almost like a fable” or parable.
“Here she is screaming, ‘I’ll destroy you,’ and she gets destroyed,” Victor told Allison Levitsky. “She doxed herself. I didn’t do anything.”
Others, however, have not been so lucky.
Recently, an elderly man at a peaceful pro-life prayer vigil outside a San Francisco-based Planned Parenthood abortion clinic was physically assaulted by an abortion advocate.
According to The Daily Wire, the man, aged 85, had his pro-life banner in support of the 40 Days for Life campaign stolen by an unidentified male abortion advocate. When the pro-lifer attempted to get his property back from the activist, he was severely beaten and threatened.
Video footage shows the thief, when first approached by the pro-lifer, throwing his bicycle at the 85-year-old, knocking him down to the ground. Then, while he’s on the pavement, the Planned Parenthood supporter continuously kicks him in the legs and back and shouts, “Old man, stay on the ground. Stay on the ground, old man, unless you wanna get hurt.”
According to Life News, the same perpetrator “threw a sign, table and pro-life literature into the street” during a pro-life vigil with the San Francisco 40 Days for Life campaign two days before the attack. “He knocked two men to the ground during that incident as well, including the same elderly pro-lifer he attacked again on Thursday.”
“The vicious attack against our elderly client is intolerable,” said Life Legal Senior Counsel Allison Aranda. The legal team is representing the elderly pro-life victim.
“We will pursue all legal avenues to see that justice is served and that the freedom to speak freely on the public sidewalk without threat of physical violence is protected no matter the message. As a former prosecutor, I trust that the San Francisco District Attorney’s office will pursue all legal charges against the perpetrator and bring him to justice,” she added according to the Daily Wire report.
Likewise, a few weeks ago a pro-life activist in Massachusetts was punched in the face while he was demonstrating outside an abortion clinic. “At around 9:30 a.m., officers were called to Women’s Health Services in Brookline after a male pro-life protester was physically assaulted by a female outside the clinic,” reported The Daily Wire.
And early last month, a feminist tried to steal crosses from a pro-life display organized by Students for Life at the University of Michigan. “The unidentified female abortion activist (it’s unclear if she is a student), is seen picking up pink crosses in a display known as the Cemetery of the Innocents; the crosses commemorate the lives of babies killed by abortion,” reported The Daily Wire. When officers manning a nearby Climate Change protest approached the purple-haired feminist, she claimed she was merely picking up “garbage” on the campus and dumped the crosses from her black garbage bag onto the ground.
Conservatives often ignore these attacks in the spirit of “turn the other cheek,” and we are certainly not advocating a violent response, but we think “Victor” had it right when he told Allison Levitsky of the Palo Alto Daily Post, “When I was in college, you wanted to hear speakers of all different kinds… America has really changed, and everyone whose head is screwed on right should fight this kind of thing.”
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