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 which 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, Florida, 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.
Photographs taken of the protest around the event, which appears to have been organized by Nelson Diaz, the chairman of the Republican Party in Miami-Dade County, according to emails posted online by radio host Grant Stern, show some protesters with Proud Boys gear.
“I don’t agree with Nancy Pelosi’s agenda, but this is absolutely the wrong way to express those disagreements,” Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, who was wounded in a shooting at a congressional baseball team practice in 2017, wrote on Twitter. “If you want to stop her policies, don’t threaten her, VOTE! That’s how we settle our differences.”
In a statement sent by spokesman Drew Hammill, Pelosi said that President Donald Trump and Republicans were to blame for stoking the flames of “incivility, intolerance and aggression.”
“It is deeply sad but unsurprising that we now see that ugliness rearing its head,” …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Politics