“Get the f— out of my town.”
A California woman was reported missing Friday after her attempt to publicly shame an elderly Trump supporter backfired in spectacular fashion.
Rebecca Parker Mankey, a 46-year-old former music store employee in Palo Alto, failed to return home after a trip to Lake County, her husband told police. But on Monday, she finally contacted family and informed them she was safe, according to the local sheriff’s office.
“We have nothing that makes us think she’s at risk,” said Sgt. Aaron Clark of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office
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The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said that Mankey had simply gone “off the grid” amid national outrage over her harassment of the 74-year-old man for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.
Earlier this month, Mankey went on a public tirade against the backer of President Donald Trump, who gave his name only as Victor. As Mankey later boasted in a Facebook post, she followed the stranger around shouting that he was a “racist” and a “Nazi,” and threatened to protest outside his home on behalf of “brown people.”
Mankey recalled at one point yelling a Victor to “get the f*** out of my town.”
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She also tried to rile up the coffee shop patrons against him, but they turned against her instead.
“I’m surprised that someone would go that far,” Starbucks customer Aliza Ben-Baruch told local media. “I think it’s a little bit telling of their mental state.”
After learning of the incident, Richard Johnston, Mankey’s longtime boss at the nearby Gryphon Stringed Instruments, fired her as his store manager and accountant.
“I think surprised is an understatement,” Johnston said. “I think dumbfounded and confused is probably more accurate. Expressing what you believe is not the problem. It’s attacking people for what they believe is the problem.”
Mankey’s Facebook post about the confrontation quickly went viral, leading to a wave of online criticism, insults and death threats.
She isn’t the first person to harass a Trump supporter and have it backfire.
In February, a woman who attacked a man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat was found to have immigrated to the United States illegally and was deported. A month earlier, a liberal comedian drew attention to herself by offering oral sex to anyone who punched Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann in the face. She was subsequently exposed for lying about writing for “Saturday Night Live.”
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