TOLERANCE: College Student Ruthlessly Harassed For Saying She Fears Expressing Conservative Views
A Republican college student was recently attacked on Twitter when she expressed her fear of “being stereotyped or labeled negatively” for voicing conservative opinions.
As a Republican in college, I am genuinely afraid to speak about my conservative views in fear of being stereotyped or labeled negatively
— Michelle Shampton (@michelle_sham) March 17, 2017
Among the Ball State University student’s fiercest critics was Patrick S. Tomlinson, a contributor to The Hill and self-described “comic,” who replied that his LGBT friends fear getting murdered by Republicans.
That's terrible. My lgbt friends are genuinely afraid of being murdered by Republicans. But your fear is totally important.
— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@stealthygeek) March 22, 2017
“Sounds like a bit of a personal problem,” said University of Colorado student Melissa Bailes to Tomlinson.
“Yes, basic bitch, being murdered is a very personal problem,” responded the contributor to The Hill.
In the ensuing exchange, Tomlinson called Bailes “sweetie,” “bobblehead,” “fucking moron,” and a “heartless asshole.”
“White males are far and away the most dangerous terrorist threat we face here in America,” insisted The Hill contributor, when radio host Tom Steele linked to the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting. Tomlinson proceeded to call Steele a “cumstain” and instructed him to “eat shit” and “go fuck yourself.”
Tomlinson then implied that Republicans practice the Muslim Sharia law.
Both. Republicans hate muslims, but love their own Christian version of sharia law.
— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@stealthygeek) March 23, 2017
Other Twitter users also blasted the original Republican student for saying she feared expressing her conservative views.
“I’m scared of 24 million people dying or being bankrupt because republicans want to give tax breaks to millionaires,” said one user, before launching into a lengthy parody of Shampton’s original tweet.
I mean are you supposed to feel GOOD about bringing creationism, conspiracy, and science denial into a place of learning?
— bigbys pantomime j/o (@bizmarkiedesade) March 21, 2017
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Shampton for comment on the exchange.
“I don’t think people understood that I was never intending to compare my situation with the stereotypes that other people face,” said the conservative student. “Never did I try to allude that my problems outweigh theirs.”
“But they judged me based off of the word Republican and assumed my views before talking to me about them.”
“We judge eachother [sic] based off of our stereotypes,” continued Shampton, “but if we take a moment to sit back and realize that we are all people underneath our labels, then I think we would realize we agree with more than we think we do. An open mind and will to understand eachother [sic] can go a long way.”
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