Cynthia Hartley of Lincoln was disturbed by Donald Trump’s tweet this morning, June 9, in which he speculated that the peaceful 75-year-old man who was filmed being assaulted by Buffalo, New York, police was actually an antifa plant who had somehow exaggerated the injury for which he is still in the hospital. Hartley believes that her Congressman, Jeff Fortenberry, needs to grow a pair of ovaries and denounce this tweet. So Hartley called Fartenberry’s DC office at 10:03 this morning, and complained to the staffer answering the phone about Trump’s tweet, his fitness for office, and his ongoing support from Fartenberry. Hartley told Seeing Red Nebraska that when she was done speaking the staffer asked her for her full name and address, then replied “Have a nice day”–but did not actually hang up.
Hartley realized that she was still on a live line when she heard the staffer announce to someone else, “That was just another 65-year-old woman trying to get a rise out of me” before imitating her using a high-pitched “feminine” voice, saying “You Republicans are sick.” She stayed on the line long enough to hear staff invoke Maya Angelou and muse about a “reconciliation committee” focused on addressing distrust constituents feel toward the congressman. During this conversation, one staffer referred to another as Will.
When Seeing Red called the same Washington, DC office number Hartley dialed, a staffer named Will answered. He said they have a rotating staff who answers phones but that he was the only one at the DC office today and has “no recollection of that” and “no idea” about her call. He said he will get back to Seeing Red Nebraska when he finds out more about the call.
Hartley would have you know that she doesn’t turn 65 until October.