At least one of the Make America Great Again hat haters is now reaping just rewards of efforts to shame a Trump supporter. Rebecca Parker Mankey of Palo Alto, California, who took pictures of a seventy-four-year-old Jewish man wearing his red MAGA hat and then posted them all over the internet in an attempt to “shame” him, has lost her job.
Those are the reports after the incident reached widespread media attention.
It began when Palo Alto resident Rebecca Parker Mankey attempted to shame an elderly white man wearing a red Make America Great Again hat as he sat in the coffeehouse — an encounter she later wrote about on social media. Calling him a “hater of brown people,” Mankey said she yelled at him and addressed Starbucks customers and employees to join her in her effort. She said she left the store but soon returned and continued to yell at him. Mankey said she was “heartbroken” that other white people didn’t stand up against the man sporting a slogan that was popularized by Donald Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign. She followed him out of the store to the parking lot, where she continued to berate and swear at him.
She called the man “Nazi scum” and threatened to post pictures of him on social media, which she then did, along with her version of the incident on her Facebook page and on Twitter. She asked the public for help finding him — “I want him to have nowhere to hide,” she wrote — a practice called “doxing,” or posting personal contact information to encourage threats and harassment.
The incident has had repercussions not only for Mankey, who said on Tuesday she’s received death threats and was fired from her job as an accountant, but also for her former employer, Gryphon Stringed Instruments. Staff at the store said they were inundated with angry phone calls and emails Monday and Tuesday.
As for the man Mankey assailed, for him, life goes on.
Given the circumstances of the victim in this incident, perhaps the tide will turn when it comes to peaceful political speech that involves messaged apparel that literally hurts absolutely no one.