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Karen Stintz’s empathy tweet sparks Twitter rage

In this FILE photo, Karen Stintz leaves Queen's Park after a meeting with Premier Kathleen Wynne in Toronto, Ontario Wednesday, September 11, 2013.
In this FILE photo, Karen Stintz leaves Queen's Park after a meeting with Premier Kathleen Wynne in Toronto, Ontario Wednesday, September 11, 2013. The Canadian Press

If you wonder just how polarized Toronto civic politics has become, a recent tweet from mayoral hopeful Karen Stintz and the reaction to it speaks volumes. Stintz is being flayed on social media for a tweet empathizing with voters “like you.”

The tweet that started it all Thursday morning:

The reaction was swift and furious. It centred mostly on what users viewed as Stintz’s assumptions of lifestyle and level of class:

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A few people didn’t jump to the attack. Some tried to explain what they though Stintz meant by the tweet, and others said there was nothing wrong with it: