You couldn’t tell it by looking at her, but Annie Grossmann is a tough kid. She’s only 5′2 and weighs 120 pounds, but that never stopped her from playing on the boys hockey team in high school back in Alaska. Annie is now in Minnesota, where she plays hockey at Augsberg College in Minneapolis. She’s also a Republican which apparently doesn’t sit well with a lot of her fellow students at the school.
Last Tuesday night Annie joined a group of her friends to watch the election results and cheer on John McCain and her fellow Alaskan Sarah Palin. After it became obvious that Barack Obama was going to win the election, and after dealing with the taunts of Obama supporters around her, she decided to head back to her dorm room. Unfortunately for Annie, she still had her McCain/Palin pin on her shirt.
From the MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE:
An Augsburg College student and Sarah Palin supporter from Alaska was beaten on election night while walking to her dorm and was called a racist by a group of four young women because she had on a McCain/Palin presidential campaign button, authorities and the victim said.
Annie Grossmann, a freshman on the Minneapolis college’s hockey team, suffered blurred vision and is thought to have had a concussion from a punch in the eye, but declined medical attention, she said.
“One approached me and got in my face and called me racist because I had the pin on. That really ticked me off, but I kind of left it alone because she was so much bigger than I am,” said Grossmann. She is 5 feet 2 and weighs 120 pounds, and played boys high school hockey in Alaska. “The girls in the background were just a little bigger than me. They were mocking me from the sidelines.
“I didn’t say anything. … This one [bigger] girl grabbed me by the shoulders and was holding me. After about five minutes, I just wanted to get out of there.”
It was at that point that Grossmann told the girls that they “don’t even know me. There’s no reason to think I’m racist.” She then pushed the girl off of her, and was punched in the face for her trouble, and as an added bonus, had her head slam off of a brick wall.
Whether or not the attackers yelled “Yes we can!” while attacking Annie, nobody knows. There is word that Sarah Palin may take Annie — an avid hunter — on one of her helicopter moose hunting trips as a way of thanking her for her support. Of course, instead of hunting moose they’ll be hunting the girls that attacked her. It’s for a new show called “Hunting Humans from Helicopters” and it’ll debut on FOX this January.