Planned Parenthood Exec. Creepily Obsessed with Parkland Survivor Kyle Kashuv
Kyle Kashuv is going to prom. With a girl he doesn’t know. Who lives in another state. Kashuv is one of the few survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting who publicly supports the Second Amendment. He has gained a substantial Twitter following based largely on his refusal to toe the party line on gun control, or engage in the negative rhetoric of his classmates on the left. But now Twitter has gained him something else: a date.
Last week a girl from Nebraska, who goes by Fidan on Twitter, sent Kyle a direct message asking, “How many retweets for prom?!!” Kyle responded, “5K,” adding “Also I don’t have a tux.” Fidan tweeted out this exchange with the caption, “PLEASE HELP ME OUT. A DREAM COME TRUE.” And Twitter leapt to the challenge.
Within a day Fidan had her 5,000 retweets. To tackle Kyle’s other dilemma — the lack of a tux — Fidan set up a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $1,700 to cover the cost of the tuxedo and Kyle’s plane travel to and from Nebraska. She met her goal within six days. But what about Kyle? Would he actually go?
Kyle’s answer came as a result of an unfortunate plot twist in this little romance. In amongst all the well-wishers and retweeters came Planned Parenthood senior advisor Elizabeth Thorp, like some kind of anti-fairy godmother, telling Fidan: “Hard pass, sweet girl. You can do better.”
Why, one wonders, would a grown woman, who doesn’t know Kashuv or Fidan, weigh in on Fidan’s choice of prom date? Fidan asked Kashuv, not the other way around, and her grand gesture implies her ardent interest in him. Why would Thorp pass judgment? The answer is simple: politics. That’s why.
Thorp doesn’t like Kashuv’s politics. But, instead of engaging with him on the issues, she made a personal attack. It wasn’t the first time. Last month, Thorp responded to another Twitter user’s speculation that the media was trying to shut down Kashuv’s side of the gun control argument by saying, “Maybe they just think Kyle’s a douche.”
So, like a knight in shining armor riding to his lady’s defense, Kyle tweeted, “Why does @ElizabethEThorp feel bullying a Parkland survivor is okay? More importantly, why is she bullying my date?” Which, presumably, means Kyle’s in the market for a tux.