Yesterday, Ashley Todd, aged 20, from Texas, made headlines when she claimed to have been attacked while withdrawing money from an ATM while working for the McCain campaign in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
She said her attacker beat her, and scratched the letter 'B' (for Barack) on her face. According to her, the violence was provoked by a McCain bumper sticker on her car, parked nearby.
She described her attacker as a 6'4" dark-skinned African American male.
Today, Ms. Todd has admitted that she lied. There was no such attacker. The entire story was a fabrication. She will now be charged with filing a false police report. ( Woman admits making up McCain sticker attack, police say - CNN.com )
While McCain cannot be held personally responsible for this blatantly racist incident (such accusations used to result in lynchings!), the McCain/Palin campaign has created the climate in which such false accusations, overtly racist and designed to hurt Obama, are deemed acceptable.
More than ever, I hope Obama kicks McCain's ass big time on Novermebr 4!