But you didn't bother fact checking. You just forwarded your hateful email to me and who knows who else - and as I occasionally do, I responded.
I responded in a nasty way, hoping to dissuade your from sending this crap along. I've tried debating you with facts - you ignore them. I've tried ignoring you - you persist. So this time, I tried to cut to the chase and hope that you would have enough self respect to apologize for your hateful email. "Still forwarding errant emails because you don't have the time or know-how to check facts. Sad. But of course, this is all a pittance compared to the extra costs Trump has already incurred by his decision to live in NYC, DC, and Mar-a-lago. I'm sure I'll be getting the email about your outrage over that, right?
Haha - what a joke."
My response was borne out of the fact that I am super NOT into looking the other way when racist things land on my desk, especially these days. And calling Michelle Obama the "queen bee" and implying that she asks for more than anyone else and calling staff members "servants of Miss Michelle" in the email cross a line that I'm not interested in staying silent against.
"Elaine, I just don't take politics as seriously as you seem to. I just sent this to see your reaction."
For real. First you send a racist lie to me, then you say you did it just to goad me. You closed with a little shaming reminding me that I come from a long line of Republicans and you just can't believe me and another family member aren't also republicans.
Well, Connie, if this is how you have fun - let me be crystal clear - I do, indeed, take politics seriously. It's not a joke to me that 22 million people may be uninsured soon because of the President-Elect that you voted for. It's not a joke to me that you drop by my and other family member's facebook pages to drop your nasty lies and then refuse to back it up with any facts - saying, at best - that you saw it on TV. It's not a joke to me we have a President Elect who bragged about sexually assaulting women. It's also not a joke to me that I have spent my entire career fighting for better income support policies - some of which you have benefited from - only to be belittled by you on a regular basis. And since you asked, I'm happy to answer - No, my job does not depend on who's in office.
I don't know what motivates you to be nasty to me. But I do wish you'd either have an intellectual conversation or stay in your echo chamber if you don't care to incorporate facts into your opinions. Being family no longer protects you when you make racist comments.