16 Year-Old Girl Who Challenged Michele Bachmann to a Debate Threatened with Rape; Tea Party Scoffs
As you may recall, a very bright and apparently knowledgeable teenager, a high school sophomore to be exact, challenged a very dim and fact-challenged Michele Bachmann to a Constitution-off– a “Public Forum Debate and/or Fact Test on The Constitution of the United States, United States History and United States Civics,” to be exact.
And what did she get for that? Serious concerns for her own safety. Amy Myers and her father, Wayne, became alarmed at comments they were reading on conservative websites.
“A lot of them are calling me a whore,” 16-year-old Amy Myers said, referring to anonymous comments [...]
Several commenters threatened to publish the Myers’ home address. Others threatened violence, including rape, they said.
Myers, a single dad, sounded panicked, according to the report:
“I got a call from the principal that the main office received threatening mail… I personally did not think there would be a reaction like actual stalking and the vitriol that’s coming out.”
Of course, the tea party was compassionate, concerned, caring… Or to put it another way, they showed utter disrespect, and they even took a shot at Amy and her father. William Haney, founder of the West Jersey Tea Party:
“I certainly would be interested in seeing those threats rather than taking the word of a parent,” he said.
“I find it exceedingly difficult to believe that anybody who is associated with Michele Bachmann would be threatening Amy.”
So to recap, the official position of the West Jersey Tea Party is to exhibit blatant asshatitude by scoffing at vile name calling and threats to a teenaged girl, implying that her father is a liar, and challenging their overall credibility– not to mention disregarding the Myers’ feelings– all because it’s way more important to prop up a pea-brained crackpot’s wobbly reputation.
Conservative “family values” strike again.
UPDATE, here are a few comments under the Courier piece. Now Mr. Tea Bagger can see for himself:
5:28 AM on May 20, 2011
HOO RAY FOR DAD……INSTEAD OF USING HIS OWN AGENDA, HE HAS NOW DRAGGED HIS EASILY INFLUENCED DAUGHTER INTO THINKING SOMEONE HAS HER ON A HIT LIST…….SOMETIMES CHERRY HILL PEOPLE THINK THEIR FECIES DON’T STINK! YOUR DADDY IS PUSHING YOU TO AN ARENA WHERE YOU ARE CONVEYING HIS THOUGHTS…….GO DO YOUR HOMEWORK SCHOOLGIRL!
7:39 AM on May 20, 2011
This is news? Come on Jane! How do you expect people to respect you when you become an enabler for nut cases and nut cases using their kids to get attention.
9:47 AM on May 20, 2011
Little Amy Myers is learning at an early age just how mean and dirty politics are. Back to the student council and algebra problems, Amy.
From Amy’s father:
12:23 PM on May 20, 2011
I am Amy’s father.
After reading this article, and probably not reading the original articles at City Pages & Yahoo, several seem to be posting many false beliefs and accusations about my daughter’s actions or mine. It hasn’t yet escalated to calling her names and the like, but after seeing some of these posts… it won’t be long.
I was a register Republican who voted for Reagan, Perot, GHWB, Clinton the second time, NEVER for GWB and then Obama. On a state level, I never voted for a Democratic governor – including voting for Christine Whitman and Chris Christie. I voted for the late John Adler this past time, but voted for Chris Myers the time before that. I fought against Corzine’s plan to monotize the toll roads. It is true that I donated $250 to President Obama’s 2008 campaign and registered myself as a Democrat. I did it in an attempt to get Obama could win the NJ Primaries. I don’t know if I can switch back to being an Undeclared voter or not. I vote split ticket – for the best candidate. I am not a party shill and no one party owns me. I have a mind and I pass free and critical thinking skills onto my children.
My daughter’s actions were her own. Her writing of the letter was her choice. As a parent, I wholly support my daughter. Amy is in Honor’s English, AP History as a sophomore and was appointed Op-Ed for the CHHSE newspaper. You should really see her articles; two at Yahoo’s Lookout site. You should then read her City Pages articles before you continue to throw accusations and cast your politically influenced comments.
As an Independent who leans to the right, (making only 3 democrat votes in my life), I am rather disgusted in my former party – the Original party of Reagan back in 1980, before the Moral Majority and Libertarians gained control. It is true. If Reagan was in the New GOP, he’s be run out on the rails. To see my former party followers write such filth about a child is simply disgusting – This includes the Sean Hannity Forum!
5:24 PM on May 20, 2011
A women’s place is in the House-
Between a Man and a Bed!
6:09 PM on May 20, 2011
@CornRowdMoFo “A women’s place is in the House- between a Man and a Bed!”
And the sad part is, at least one person faved it.