UPDATE: Mensch Insists She Is NOT Bullying The 'Disgraceful, Hysterical, Hypocritical' #Milifandom Teen
Mensch, a columnist for The Sun, had alluded to a blog she was researching, but says she has temporarily shelved the project given the teenager she so vehemently credits with launching the term is studying for exams. (NB so is Tomlinson).
The former Conservative MP defended herself from online accusations of bullying by stating: “I think you people need a new dictionary, one in which ‘criticising’ and ‘bullying’ are not listed as ‘synonyms’.
Now fellow Sun columnist Katie Hopkins has alluded to the row by tweeting: “These days criticism is used interchangeably with the word bullying. If you can’t handle criticism add a splash of victim and voila, bullied.”
These days criticism is used interchangeably with the word bullying. If you can't handle criticism add a splash of victim and voila, bullied— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) May 20, 2015
While Hopkins, who is generally branded a bully, a bigot and a general disgrace on a daily basis, did not name either Mensch or Tomlinson, the inference was read as so.
Within hours the tweet had been favourited and retweeted hundreds of times. But while some of her legion followers applauded her for what was admittedly a hugely restrained missive by her standards, some were less effusive.
Marvin Dorbney tweeted: “The kid is a kid. Is there an age where persistent bullying is actually, y’know… wrong?”
“Kid. Doing her exams. Beaten up by a failed politician. Looks … bad.”
Meanwhile comparisons between Mensch and Hopkins are coming thick and fast on Twitter – and not many are kind.
Louise Mensch - the poor man's @KTHopkins— David Roberts (@spiritof53) May 19, 2015
Which deluded Tory mouthpiece is worst
Rt = @LouiseMensch
Fv = @KTHopkins— politica vitae (@Not_Political) May 11, 2015
It’s not known if the women know each other, though back in January last year Hopkins generously tweeted: “Mensch has a heart – an Achilles heel. I have none.”
@BakerMicky Mensch has a heart - an Achilles heel. I have none. Fear not - I am invincible x— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) January 27, 2014
A spokesman for The Sun told Huffington Post UK: "The Sun is neither responsible for, nor going to comment on, what our columnists write on social media."