Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) on Wednesday slammed conservative pundit Ann Coulter for mocking #BringBackOurGirls and Michelle Obama’s participation in the social media campaign.
Yarmuth called Coulter a “despicable human being” when asked about her attempt to make fun of the hashtag during an event to raise awareness about the almost 300 Nigerian girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, according to radio station WFPL.
Coulter on Sunday published a tweet with a picture of herself mimicking Michelle Obama’s #BringBackOurGirls photo but with her own hashtag iteration, #BringBackOurCountry. Coulter’s attempt to hijack the hashtag completely backfired, as people subsequently tweeted the image with a photoshopped signs making fun of Coulter.
Since the first lady joined the social media campaign, conservatives have bashed #BringBackOurGirls and Twitter activism in general. Rush Limbaugh called use of the hashtag “phony” and “pathetic,” and George Will called the campaign an “exercise in self-esteem.”