After New York City radio personality Tammy Bruce saw a viral video of a 10-year-old demanding an apology from Vice President Pence for bumping his nose, she appeared on Fox News to put the lighthearted moment into context for viewers.
But instead of laughing along, she unleashed a “kids these days” screed that slammed the boy for overreacting.
The boy wasn’t just a child, Bruce implied, he was a “snowflake,” someone who “stalked” the vice president and who looked as if he “needed a safe space.” Bruce told Fox host Bill Hemmer that the boy was channeling University of Missouri professor and conservative punching bag Melissa Click.
The boy must have learned his behavior from watching television or maybe at home, she continued, turning the child into a caricature, one who inhabits a feminized apology culture dripping with identity politics and ungrateful brats.
“It’s pretty amazing,” she concluded.
Indeed it was.
As it turns out, the primary overactor was Bruce, a point she seemed to reluctantly acknowledge during an apology to the boy this week. She did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment.
That official, on-air apology arrived after the boy’s mother — Ingrid Herrera-Yee — appeared on CNN to set the record straight about her son.
“Michael is a 10-year-old, he’s on the autism spectrum, he’s a military child and he loves the White House — he calls it ‘the people’s house,’ ” Herrera-Yee told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “For those who don’t have a child with autism, they need to really rehearse, and a lot of their therapy involves practicing social interactions.”
The proud mother said her son has been verbal for five years, about half his life.
“For him it’s about manners,” she added. “He was simply following what he’s learned in therapy and what his wonderful teachers at school have taught him and what we have taught him at home.”
“The vice president was wonderful,” she added. “It was no big deal. It was just a cute little clip.”
SOURCE: Peter Holley
The Washington Post