McCain Supporter Attacked in Pittsburgh?

Drudge has been screaming about this one all day:

A 20-year-old woman who was robbed at an ATM in Bloomfield was also maimed by her attacker, apparently because of her political views, Pittsburgh police said.

Snip

Police spokeswoman Diane Richard said the robber took $60 from Todd, then became angry when he saw a McCain bumper sticker on the victim’s car. The attacker then punched and kicked the victim, before using the knife to scratch the letter “B” into her face, Richard said.

If Todd’s report is true, then it’s a horrifying crime and the perpetrator needs to be apprehended and be sent away for a long time.

The only problem is that it doesn’t really pass the smell test.

I’ll let Michelle Malkin explain:

I’ve reported on the great lengths that warped attention-seekers have gone to in perpetrating fake hate crimes, including beating themselves up, carving swastikas on their dorm room doors and walls, locking themselves in bathroom stalls, and burning down their own houses.

Which is why I’m not jumping up and down with outrage over Drudge-promoted story of a McCain volunteer claiming to have been attacked by a black man whom she accused of carving a “B” in her face after spotting her McCain bumper sticker.

She refused medical treatment after reporting the incident to police. Why on earth would she do that?

Now, I’m sure that it’s possible that she may have been attacked by a dyslexic thug, but it’s odd that she has such a nicely done superficial backward “B” on her cheek. If someone were to use a knife to carve a dyslexic “B” on someone’s cheek on a sidewalk somewhere, would the “B” be as neat as that one is?

And if someone did that to you, would you refuse medical treatment?

Also, as Malkin mentions, isn’t Todd’s Twitter page a little strange?

  • atodd: Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers- I’m phonebanking so let’s all work together and get John McCain elected #litf08
    Thu, 23 Oct 2008 18:55:41 +0000
  • atodd: Oh the blog I will be making soon… Its been a rough night #litf08
    Thu, 23 Oct 2008 03:52:58 +0000
  • atodd: Pretty sure I’m on the wrong side of pittsburgh
    Thu, 23 Oct 2008 00:45:59 +0000
  • atodd: Stubbornly searching for a bank of america to avoid ATM fees.
    Thu, 23 Oct 2008 00:23:21 +0000
  • atodd: This traffic in pittsburgh needs to go away!!!! #litf08
    Wed, 22 Oct 2008 23:04:06 +0000

So she’s looking for a Bank of America ATM, says that she’s on the “wrong side” of Pittsburgh,” and her next Twitter post is about the blog she will be creating? She says nothing about the attack before she mentions the blog?

Odd.

From one of Malkin’s readers:

“I’m a cop – 8th year now – and this McCain supporter attack just didn’t pass the “smell test” as soon as I read about it.

At this point, I’ll guess the shiner was inflicted either by a friend willingly as part of this hoax or a boyfriend in a domestic dispute.

The “B” is far to shallow and clean to be taken seriously. Reminds me of the stab wounds that a “hero” would get when fighting off a phantom attacker – far to superficial to have been done in what is a fairly violent encounter.

Either way, I’m voting McCain ;)

Again, if she was attacked, the guy who did it needs to be locked up for a long time.

But there are circumstances here that make me think: hmmmmm.

If Michelle Malkin think it’s BS, I can’t be too far in left field for questioning the story’s veracity.

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