by Micah J. Fleck
Yesterday there was a story that went viral when a Facebook user posted a picture and accompanying story of how she apparently bumped into Hillary Clinton by complete chance while hiking in the woods with her daughter. In the story, the woman claimed to be starstruck and, presumably out of not meeting her before, told her what a big fan she was and what an honor it had been to vote for her. She then described Clinton as behaving rather uncharacteristically — humble, kind, affectionate — before going on her way.
The story serves to depict Clinton as graceful and humble in her defeat, and perhaps even drummed up some sympathy among those who read it. But now, reports are coming out that reveal the supposed stranger as having met Clinton before, and even having some involvement in a previous fundraiser for Hillary.
Says the Daily Mail:
The chance encounter Gerster had with Clinton gained national media attention as it was the first time Clinton had been photographed after losing the election.
However, some critics allege that their meeting while hiking was staged and not random at all.
Adding more fuel to those claims is the fact that it’s actually not the first time they’ve met.
When Gerster was in high school, her mother held a fundraiser for Clinton at Crabtree’s Kittle House in Chappaqua.
Gerster and her sister posed for a photo with Clinton inside the restaurant which happens to be one of the politician’s favorites, as the siblings smiled next to a beaming Clinton.
The fundraiser their family hosted may have been during the period of time Clinton was running for senator or when she served as senator for New York.
Since the controversy, the previous photos of her at the Hillary fundraiser have been removed from her Facebook. Interesting, to say the least.