We need a laugh these days, and the unlikely specter of anti-fascist troublemakers in Grosse Pointe dangles as low-hanging sweetness.
The phrase surfaces early Thursday in a tweet by freelance reporter Kayla Ruble, who says Monica Palmer, a Republican on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, claims in a text message that she's threatened by "Antifa from Grosse Pointe" for her initial vote against certifying Detroit ballots this week.
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Within a few hours, that wacky phrase was trending on Twitter because it's in more than 5,600 posts.
Fast-moving opportunist Ryan Yepsen of Grosse Pointe, a 37-year-old Adobe project manager, hustles this T-shirt online with a nautical logo.
"It only seems fair that that the infamous Grosse Pointe Antifa (GPA) have their own apparel to wear when driving their BMWs from their high end private high schools to the yacht club," Eli Newman comments on Twitter.
Other amateur comics treat that platform as an open-mic opportunity, with one-liners about madras camouflage and these:
Grosse Pointe Antifa clash with Grosse Pointe Proud Boys during contentious rally and match play tournament. pic.twitter.com/XjEGQHEH7I— Gretchen R. Hammond (@GretchRHammond) November 19, 2020
A member of Grosse Pointe Antifa just sprayed Truffle Oil in someone’s face.— Not very complicated (@very_actually) November 19, 2020
#GrossePointeAntifa — Protecting the wrong side of Mack since 2011.— Karen Dybis (@KarenDybis) November 19, 2020
Grosse Pointe antifa meet up pic.twitter.com/4gLVrTIhzh— khaleesi (@jaldrich10) November 19, 2020
Obviously, you are referencing the progressive wing. The conservative wing has the divider as I-75.— Matt Friedman (@mattfrieds) November 19, 2020
I wear white pants after Labor Day but that's because they're Kevlar.— Bill Shea (@Bill_Shea19) November 19, 2020
Grosse Pointe Academy and Liggett are lobbying for the next location.— Karen Dybis (@KarenDybis) November 19, 2020
Grosse Pointe Antifa gather at local HQ for strategic anarchy & cheese and wine evening. pic.twitter.com/8OlBh3NJOz— Gretchen R. Hammond (@GretchRHammond) November 19, 2020