Florida Jewish student invokes Pittsburgh before dousing Republican with chocolate milk


(JTA) — A Jewish woman, 19, invoked the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting before pouring chocolate milk on a Republican campaign volunteer at Florida State University.

“I hope y’all realize that you are normalizing and enabling Nazis,” Shelby Shoup, who identified herself as a volunteer for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum’s campaign, shouted at a group of volunteers.

“Eleven of my people are f***ing dead this weekend,” Shoup said, referring to the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. “Nazis are shooting my people.”

She was arrested and charged with battery.

Shoup turned herself in hours after the Nov. 1 incident. It was caught on video and posted on Twitter by fellow FSU student Hunter Pollack, the brother of Meadow Pollack, who was killed in the Parkland High School shooting.

Pollack, in the tweet in which he posted the video of the incident, called it a “vile attack.” He identified himself as a member of the campus Republican organization.

Shoup spent the night in jail and was released the following morning on her own recognizance. She will appear in court for a hearing on Nov. 28, according to reports.

FSU responded to the incident in a statement: “FSU is a diverse community that values and respects each person. FSU expects each member of the community to embrace the values of civility and ethical conduct and obey the law. Regarding Tuesday’s incident, the individual was identified, arrested and charged with battery.”

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