“I think it’s a little bit telling of their mental state.”
A woman who furiously ranted at a Trump supporter in a Starbucks earlier this week has lost her job, NBC Bay Area reported.
The woman, later identified as Rebecca Mankey, said in a viral Facebook post that she was trying to publicly shame the man for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.
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During her confrontation with the elderly man, identified only as Victor, Mankey vowed to expose his personal information so others could track and shame him as well.
In the Facebook post, Mankey bragged about yelling and cursing at Victor. Victor decided to leave the shop, but told reporters it wasn’t because he felt threatened.
“This woman comes over, and she says ‘Is that a Trump hat?’ I said, ‘I think it is, yes.’ And then she turned to the rest of the audience, the people in Starbucks and said ‘Hey, everybody! Come over here! Let’s get this guy! He’s a hater! I’m calling him out! He hates brown people. He’s a Nazi,” Victor said.
Victor’s account of events is similar to the account provided by Mankey on Facebook, who added in a comment on the post that she planned to protest outside Victor’s work and “make him feel as unsafe as he made every brown person he met today.”
Aliza Ben-Baruch, a Starbucks customer who witnessed the confrontation, said she was surprised by how far it escalated.
“I’m surprised that someone would go that far,” Starbucks customer Aliza Ben-Baruch said. “I think it’s a little bit telling of their mental state.”
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Richard Johnston, who owns a nearby music shop called Gryphon Stringed Instruments, identified Mankey as one of his employees. Johnston said Mankey worked as his store manager and accountant for four years, but he fired her after learning of the altercation.
“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.”
Despite being on the receiving end of the verbal abuse, Victor said he felt bad about Mankey’s firing.
“I feel bad someone gets fired from their job, but that’s the way it is between her and her job,” Victor said.
NBC Bay Area said they were unsuccessful in reaching Mankey for comment. Mankey has since deleted her Facebook account.
This isn’t the first time a supporter of President Donald Trump has been harassed since he won the 2016 election.
In February, a woman who attacked a man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat was later found to be an illegal immigrant and deported. A month before, a liberal comedian offered oral sex to anyone who punched “MAGA” teen Nick Sandmann in the face.
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