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.