McCain Supporter Mutilated by Obama Follower?

A John McCain supporter named Ashley Todd was brutally attacked in an armed robbery at an ATM machine in Bloomfield, Pennsylvania near Harrisburg, according to police. The young 20-year old woman was withdrawing money from the machine at Citizens Bank when the man approached her with a knife. He stole $60 from her, but that is when her luck ran out.

As the man turned to flee he reportedly noticed a John McCain bumper sticker on her car and said:

“Oh you’re with McCain, you’re with the McCain campaign? I’m going to teach you a lesson.’”

He then assaulted her in a brutal beating. As she lay frightened and pinned to the ground, the man carved a bloody letter B for Barack in the woman’s face. The scene is reminiscent of how Jews were branded by the regime in 1930’s Germany, in that case marked for religious beliefs rather than ideological ones.

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Police were earlier withholding the woman’s name apparently for her own protection, as violence by Obama supporters has risen in recent weeks, but her name has since been released as Ashley Todd of Texas. She checked into a hospital the next day for an examination and MRI.

The man has not been apprehended. He is described by police as a “dark-skinned black man, 6 feet 4 inches tall, 200 pounds with a medium build, short black hair and brown eyes.”

And be careful out there. In the last two weeks, there have been multiple reports of vandalism, arson, shootings, threats and intimidation by Obama supporters around the country.

This cannot be what Obama means by “change,” because these unusual events on behalf of Obama have already made the country far more divisive and uncomfortable. It would do the country some good for Obama to publicly denounce the increasing attacks by his followers.

After all, Barack Obama is the one who literally told his followers two weeks ago to “get in their faces.” The irony of the words are powerful today, and there is no one more responsible for the consequences of them.

Update 1: The Obama-Biden campaign issued a short statement of condolence to the woman which is disappointingly narrow in focus. It does not address the increasing violence among his supporters and offers no apology for his call to action two weeks ago, words which have obviously been misunderstood by others.

“This is a horrendous act of violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with the young woman for her to make a speedy recovery, and we hope that the person who perpetrated this crime is swiftly apprehended and brought to justice.”

Update 2: My goodness what will they think of next. The woman Ashley Todd appears to have made up the story entirely, a Pittsburg police commander is now saying. Her story began unraveling this morning, although some hopeful partisans questioned the story last night including some on this very thread.

Nevertheless, the underlying context of this article is troubling. Why all the violence?