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Texas councilwoman charged with disorderly conduct for ‘screaming at teenage girl in MAGA shirt’

  • Texas Democratic Councilwoman Kelly Burke is accused of accosting a group of teen girls who were out getting cookies because one was wearing a MAGA shirt 
  • The incident unfolded on Saturday when Burke starting shouting ‘Grab ’em by the p—y girls!’
  • While the group tried to ignore her she also shouted MAGA at them several times
  • According to the father of the girl wearing the shirt, Burke took a photo of her
  • The girls walked out of the store without engaging but police got involved
  • They gave Burke a citation for disorderly conduct and according to the dad she personally apologized to his family

Democratic Councilwoman Kelly Burke (pictured) reportedly started shouting obscenities at a group of teens, one of which was wearing a MAGA shirt

A Texas councilwoman is accused of screaming obscenities at a teenage girl who was wearing a MAGA shirt and waiting in line along with her friends to get cookies.

West University Place Democratic Councilwoman Kelly Burke had approached the group of teens on Saturday and reportedly shouted ‘Grab ’em by the p***y girls!’

The father of the girl wearing the Make America Great Again shirt said they tried to ignore the woman, who they did not know was an elected official, however Burke kept shouting.

‘At that point the girls were getting kind of scared, and then the woman starts going, ‘MAGA! MAGA! MAGA!’ while shaking her fist,’ the father told KPRC. 

The father said the girls left without responding, however the teen in the MAGA shirt noticed Burke had taken a picture of her.  

‘They were scared,’ the father said. ‘They were absolutely scared. My little girl essentially wanted to know if this woman was going to hurt her.’

The father said he did not want to be identified for he feared his daughter would be retaliated against. 

The Harris County Precinct One Constable’s office filed a class C misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct against Burke. 

‘Adults can’t behave towards children like that, period,’ the father said.

He said Burke reached out to his wife, and met with and apologized to both of them.

The incident on Saturday unfolded at Milk & Cookies (pictured) in West U on Saturday. Burke is facing disorderly conduct charges

The incident on Saturday unfolded at Milk & Cookies (pictured) in West U on Saturday. Burke is facing disorderly conduct charges

‘We accepted her apology,’ the father said. ‘I would be just as angry if any parent said this to my child but as an elected official I’ll let her voters handle this matter.’ 

West University Place Mayor Susan Sample said that she’s glad Burke took ‘responsibility for her own actions and has reached out to the affected families to apologize for her remarks.’

‘My position as Mayor, however, does not afford me any official authority with respect to matters such as this,’ Sample said. ‘Neither the city council nor the Mayor has any authority to remove fellow councilmembers.’