“The video they are choosing to share is of the least aggressive portion of the attack”
The “resistance” has had a busy busy week terrorizing Trump administration officials and Republicans across the country. Gone are the demands for civility and insistence that dissent makes one “un-American” and “un-patriotic,” and in their place are unhinged mobs accosting Americans at restaurants, at their homes, and now, at the movie theater.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R) was accosted in Tampa by screaming protesters at a screening of a documentary about Mr. Rogers. They were screeching about ObamaCare, and the police were called to provide protection as they escorted Bondi from the theater.
Pam Bondi attempted to attend a screening of the Mister Rogers documentary a day after announcing her plan to end protections for health care consumers with pre-existing conditions. Here, via @timintampa, is what happened. pic.twitter.com/zMLrSayS8M
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) June 23, 2018
A group of protesters accosted Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi outside the screening of the new documentary about Mister Rogers at the Tampa Theatre on Friday night, questioning her about her recent actions on health care policy and her stance on immigration.
. . . . “What would Mister Rogers think about you and your legacy in Florida? Taking away health insurance from people with pre-existing conditions, Pam Bondi!” Maria José Chapa, a labor organizer, can be heard yelling to Bondi in the video. “Shame on you!”
“You’re a horrible person!” another protester shouts.
The protest organizer stated that they would have done the same thing no matter what movie Bondi was attending.
The Tampa Bay Times continues:
The organizers didn’t plan to confront Florida’s top law enforcement official Friday night, Heberlein told the Times in an interview. But when one of them spotted Bondi in the ticket line before the film, he said they knew they had to say something.
. . . . Heberlein said that the movie’s depiction of Rogers’s work with children reminded him of what he sees as Bondi’s support for conservative immigration and health care policies that hurt the most vulnerable Floridians. But he conceded that he and his friends likely would have confronted Bondi no matter what film they were seeing.
“I feel like even if we went to see The Incredibles we would have said something,” Heberlein said.
It turns out there may be more to the incident than that released online by the unruly mob’s leader.
After this story was first published online Saturday afternoon, a Bondi spokesman recounted a much less pleasant story of the attorney general’s interactions with the protesters.
“The video they are choosing to share is of the least aggressive portion of the attack that transpired after police arrived to control the scene. What they are not sharing publicly are several previous encounters involving large men getting in the Attorney General’s face, spitting and blocking her exit,” the spokesman, Whitney Ray, said in an emailed statement.
“The Attorney General tried to have a conversation with these individuals, however, when it became abundantly clear that they were not interested in a constructive dialog but were only there to cause a scene, the attorney general tried to leave the volatile scene.”
Chapa called this version of events a “lie,” contending that there were no large men in her party.
It seems a bit odd that these incidents are directed at women.
It seems the radical Left is targeting women: Sanders, Nielsen, and now Bondi. Misogynist, much? https://t.co/HA8ngl4cD7
— Phineas Fahrquar (@irishspy) June 24, 2018
These incidents are worrying on a number of levels. Tweets via Twitchy.
Add “movies” tonthe list of things Republicans can’t do under the new rules https://t.co/5rolIWr52Q
— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) June 23, 2018
I guess we’re heading into an America with Democrat-only restaurants, which will lead to Republican-only restaurants. Do the fools who threw Sarah out, and the people who cheer them on, really want us to be that kind of country? https://t.co/n7RxHHoYF3
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) June 23, 2018
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