A video released over the weekend shows a woman campaigning for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and laughing as a person at the door said she did not support him. She says the Abbott campaign fired her after the footage went viral.
In video captured by a Ring camera, a woman knocked on someone’s door.
“I volunteer for Greg Abbott and I want to know if we can count on your support for his upcoming election,” she said when they responded.
The man at the door didn’t hesitate.
“Absolutely not,” he replied.
The woman burst out laughing. “Everybody’s gotta have a job, sir,” she said, still laughing, as she walked away.
The man, James Whitfield (@DrJamesWhit), tweeted footage of the interaction on Friday. “She asked the question,” he wrote, “I just kept it at 100.”
Whitfield added that he supports Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic nominee for Texas governor.
The clip quickly went viral. It has amassed 3 million views at the time of this writing.
people loved it. “I want to like this a thousand times,” wrote one.
The Abbott campaign reportedly didn’t share her amusement.
On Saturday, Monique Dawson (@Monique48322061) identified herself as the woman in the video. She appears to have joined Twitter after the video of her endorsement for Abbott went viral.
“I just saw the look on his face and it was pure amusement,” Dawson said tweeted of the video. “I couldn’t hold back my laughter to save my life and they fired me.”
She included a link to a GoFundMe that made the same claim. “If you can spare $1 or $2, it adds up and replaces what I could have made as an activist,” she wrote. “Bills are due and I have no source of income other than this job.”
Abbott’s office did not respond to a call Monday morning seeking comment.
Dawson did not respond to a request posted in a comment on one of her tweets about the incident.
She then posted a video of herself in response to a request to verify her identity.
Twitter users soon linked Whitfield to Dawson. He is too Approved that she is the person in the video.
Whitfield told the Daily Dot that he was initially surprised when he saw Dawson standing outside his door “with a big smile” and asked if he supported Abbott.
“I think she could tell from the look on my face that my answer would be anything but positive because she almost laughed before I said ‘absolutely not,'” he said via email. Whitfield said he viewed the video multiple times before deciding to share it.
“I felt called to share Monique’s joy with the world. While she may have endorsed someone I don’t support, she acted with grace, joy and kindness – a great lesson for all of us.”
Although the viral clip resulted in her losing her job, Dawson appears to have come out on top. As of this writing, her fundraiser has surpassed her goal of $15,000. Several people have too Posted her job leads.
“It’s a shame you lost your job. Maybe Beto’s campaign will hire you?” commented one of their donors.
“I apply‘ Dawson said.
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*Initial publication: June 6, 2022 at 2:19 pm CDT
Claire Goforth is a staff writer at the Daily Dot and covers all topics related to politics and technology with a focus on right-wing extremism and conspiracy theories.
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