Meet the 4-year-old Colo. girl brought to tears by ‘Bronco Bamma, Mitt Romney’
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — It’s hard to turn on the TV and see anything but a plethora of political ads in between your favorite shows.
They’re also all over the radio.
And if you’re getting tired of it, you’re not alone.
The constant campaigning has pushed a 4-year-old Fort Collins girl—to tears.
“I need someone to push me,” says Abigael Evans to her mom, as she sits in a swing in their backyard.
This is what it means to Abigael to be in a swing state.
But it’s the constant bickering, finger-pointing, and hostility of this year’s election that contributed to her emotional meltdown Monday.
“Just because I’m tired, I’m tired of Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney.”
“That’s why you’re crying?”Asks her mom. “Oh, it’ll be over soon, Abbie. Okay? The election will be over soon, okay?” she says.
“K,” says the tearful little girl.
You can see her viral video below.
The two had been listening to NPR at the time as they drove, then parked at the grocery store.
“She started crying and I whipped out my phone because I realize something pretty funny is going on,” says her mom.
She says she wanted to share the tiny tot’s tears with her friends, so she uploaded the video to Facebook. Friends then suggested she post it to YouTube and the video went viral.
It’s been posted on several national websites including Huffington Post and NPR.
“I think it’s a successful video because it’s not a political video in any way. It’s just a kid frustrated at something. Everyone can relate to that,” says Elizabeth.
The family has no TV. But they do intentionally expose Abigael to our political system.
“We watch the debates together. We talk about it. I try to talk to her about everything. Because I want her to be aware of the world as much as a 4-year-old can,” says her mom.
We asked the little girl why the video made her tired. She said, “Because we listen to them a lot.”
Abigael says she prefers her favorite foods (broccoli and mushrooms), Cinderella or playing with roly-poly bugs–to politics.
“I got three mom,” she says after picking up the bugs in her backyard.
It seems this election fatigue has infected the whole family—and Abigael’s mom bets they’re not alone.
“This video, 22 second-long video will be what people remember as far as the media, as far as the election,” she says.
NPR apologized Wednesday, releasing this statement:
“Dear Little Girl: Sorry We Made You Cry About ‘Bronco Bamma’ and Mitt Romney.”
“On behalf of NPR and all other news outlets, we apologize to Abigael and all the many others who probably feel like her. We must confess the campaign’s gone on long enough for us, too. Let’s just keep telling ourselves: “Only a few more days, only a few more days, only a few more days.”