Courtesy of WaPo:
A group of hecklers angrily confronted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi during a campaign stop for a congressional hopeful in South Florida, cursing at her and calling her a communist in a moment that was captured on video.
It was yet another incident that stoked fears that the country’s bitter and emotional political environment is at risk of leading to violence.
The video shows a small group of protesters cursing at Pelosi (D-Calif.), and calling her a communist in English and Spanish, as she enters an event on Wednesday in Coral Gables, Fla., to campaign for Democrat Donna Shalala, who is running to fill the seat vacated by the retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) in Miami.
“You don’t belong here,” one says. “Afuera!”
After Pelosi calmly walks by them and enters the building, people bang on the door.
“Open up! It’s the Proud Boys in here,” one says, referencing the far-right group that was implicated in a street brawl in New York last weekend.
“Socialism sucks,” others chant.
I think the excuse for this kind of behavior from the conservatives is that it mirrors the behaviors from the Left directed at Republican politicians.
But if memory serves those interactions focused on policy decisions and calling out “shame” for those working in the Trump Administration.
This seemed substantially more aggressive, but it is to be expected which is one of the reasons that I said I did not agree with public confrontations.
It is also a little chilling to hear these people identify as “Proud Boys” when that group is now credibly connected to violence against counter protesters and even innocent civilians walking the streets.
Just imagine what one of these over testosteroned assholes might do if they could get close enough to 78-year-old Nancy Pelosi.
P.S. Here’s an added wrinkle recently discovered.
Miami GOP chair organizes protest with violent white supremacist group “Proud Boys” to stalk Nancy Pelosi in Florida.
The Proud Boys recently went on a violent rampage in NYC, and have openly-embraced violence. And the Trump-Republicans are now protesting alongside them. pic.twitter.com/lSyQiRBE1r
— John Scare-avosis 🇺🇸 (@aravosis) October 20, 2018
Well so much for grassroots-driven protests.