Four teenage girls were standing in line to buy cookies in West University Place, Texas when a city councilwoman noticed a t-shirt worn by one of the girls. The t-shirt, which read Trump: Make America Great Again, so triggered the woman that she began to scream obscenities at the teens. Talk about Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Councilwoman Kellye Burke is a Democrat who has only been in her position since she was elected in May 2017. When she noticed the t-shirt, she began to scream, and the girls first just tried to ignore her at the coaching of one teen’s father. Then their reaction was fearful with even the father becoming alarmed. He only spoke to the local NBC news affiliate on condition of not being named or his face shown on television, for fear of retribution to his daughter.
The girls said they were in line at Tiny’s Milk and Cookies in West U on Saturday, waiting to buy cookies for younger girls at their nearby church.
“A tall, short-haired blond woman came up to them and screamed, ‘Grab em by the (expletive) girls!'” the father of one of the girls said. He did not want to be identified, fearing retaliation against his daughter.
The girls initially tried to laugh it off, the father said.
“Then, she yells it again!” the father said. “At that point the girls were getting kind of scared, and then the woman starts, you know, going, ‘MAGA! MAGA! MAGA!’ while shaking her fist.”
The girls left and didn’t respond to the unhinged politician. Later when the local news station’s reporter went to Burke’s house for comment, Burke refused to open her door and speak with him. She yelled through the door that she was putting her children to bed.
The councilwoman reached out to the teen’s mother to apologize.
He said Burke reached out to his wife, and met with and apologized to both of them.
“We accepted her apology,” the father said. “I would be just as angry if any parent said this to my child but as an elected official I’ll let her voters handle this matter.
The Harris County Precinct One Constable’s Office filed a disorderly conduct charge against Burke. The next meeting of the West University Place city council is scheduled for Monday, April 9, 2018. Perhaps voters will turn out to let Burke know that her behavior was completely unacceptable.
West University Place is a city within the Houston metro area. With a population of 15,516 as of 2016, it’s safe to say that Burke was easily recognizable by those around her. There are only five members who serve on city council. Burke has since released a statement through her attorney. Note that she blames President Trump – his words – in the statement.
“I have repeatedly apologized for the bad judgment I used and making the statement I did, but I do not believe repeating the words of the President of the United States is a crime. However, I will apologize again on behalf of myself, the President of the United States and all the media outlets who repeated his words both electronically and in print.”
No, it isn’t a crime but it sure is inappropriate for an adult who is also an elected official in a position of power to scream at teenagers because she was not thrilled to see one girl’s t-shirt.
Here’s a twist, though. Kellye Burke is also the former local chapter president of Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Moms Demand Action is a subsidiary of Everytown for Gun Safety, founded and funded by former NYC mayor billionaire Michael Bloomberg. Burke is now taking her activism to a small city council, it would appear.
I’m old enough to remember when we were told that adults were not allowed to criticize young people for political statements. I can’t imagine that any parent would think it is ok for another adult to scream obscenities at a teenager, much less in a public place for anyone to witness. The girls, by the way, were buying cookies to take back to their church for younger girls to enjoy.
West University Place Mayor Susan Sample said that though she has no power to remove councilmembers, she does have a responsibility to promote good civil discourse.
“Thank you for reaching out about the city’s position on one of its councilmember’s actions last Saturday. The reported comments definitely do not speak for the City of West University Place’s government or employees. My position as Mayor, however, does not afford me any official authority with respect to matters such as this. Neither the city council nor the Mayor has any authority to remove fellow councilmembers.
“I am glad to know that this councilmember, who was independently elected by our city voters, is taking responsibility for her own actions and has reached out to the affected families to apologize for her remarks.
“This incident is a reminder that part of our responsibility, as elected officials, is to set a good example of civil discourse for those we represent, particularly our young people. I hope that my Council colleagues and I will move forward in that spirit in doing the work we were elected to do.”