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Another Sign of Dems Unraveling: Gaetz Assaulted with a Frozen Drink

June 4, 2019 - 7:30pm
Matt Gaetz
Matt Gaetz

When U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz was finished speaking at a town hall he staged in Pensacola over the weekend, a crowd of protestors was waiting outside to greet him. In case you haven't noticed, voicing opposition no longer is enough for some political opponents. Gaetz was coated with a dairy smoothie delivered by a citizen who is more than a perturbed constituent. 

Hurling creamy projectiles at our politicians may become the trendy new version of the op-ed feature. Certainly liberals have the hang of it and their pals in the media get a giggle out of it.

The congressman was leaving the Pensacola venue when an opponent threw what was thought to be a milkshake at him from behind, striking him in the back. The act was caught on a cell-phone camera, and police nabbed the assailant, charged her with battery and released her on $1,000 bond. 

The drink tosser was no common-garden protester; she was none other than Amanda Kondrat’yev 35, his Democratic congressional opponent in the 2016 election.

If you follow the political tides with any fervency, you are attuned to the paradoxical thinking that is a constant on the political front. Things are getting crazy.

Amanda Kondrat’yev
Amanda Kondrat’yev
Candidates decry the big money in politics in commercials funded by big money donors, or maybe they lecture about injecting racial issues into campaigns while accusing their opponent of racism. Special interests slam government waste while accepting government handouts, and they send lobbyists to the Capitol to lobby against lobbying efforts.

One of the newer contradictions on the political landscape is the left railing about the words conservatives speak supposedly inciting violence. But whenever actual acts of violence take place on the left, there is little said. I do not want to suggest that this is a phenomenon based on who the target may be -- because I want to declare it so. 

This is a trend that sprung up in recent weeks in Great Britain, during the most recent election cycle. Opponents of Nigel Farage not only targeted him with frozen drinks, but a number of other Brexit party politicians. Part of the reason behind the spate of smoothie attacks was a number of members of the media applauding the practice. The cheerleading journalists were declaring these acts as something other than violence, a kind of righteous humor somehow made acceptable, in particular because it was the political right getting hit.

Now it looks as if, not only has this practice made the jump to the States, but so has the leftist permissiveness. This settles into a pattern we have seen over the past few years of conservative speakers “causing” violent protests on campuses before they can even speak, select politicians accosted in restaurants, and numerous people assaulted for wearing a red hat.

Following the drink-toss episode, a number of people on social media were all in support of the action. Perhaps no one exemplifies the dichotomy of the leftist's opinion than political firebrand Tom Arnold. See this

The obliviousness here is astounding, as he demeans anyone, and specifically Gaetz, becoming opposed to what happened -- while at the same time getting upset over words spoken in the past. This is the bifurcated mindset of too many on the left; if you disagree, you are encouraging violent reprisals. If you take a contradictory position politically, Democrats may charge you with “inciting violence.” It is an attempt to stifle debate and discourage discourse.

However, when presented with an actual physical attack, that gets downplayed. It is no big deal, it was just a milkshake (WaPo has actually dug into the story and found it wasn't a milkshake at all, it was a juice-based drink.) Try to rationalize this position by the left: We have to be careful with what gets spoken, because they say that could escalate into violence, but an actual case of physical aggression is nothing to be concerned about. It would take the Army Corps of Engineers to bridge that divide in logic.

The desperation here is to ignore that the Democrats' acts exceed their projections on conservative discussions. We are supposed to tremble at the prospect that we might say the wrong thing, but we have to overlook that a leftist candidate for office is throwing items at a political opponent. We are lectured not to overreact about just a drink, and pretend that an arrest did not take place as a result. You conservatives just watch your mouths, and ignore that Kondrat’yev was charged with battery.

The media all know the real problem is the absurd language said on the right. Forget all the evidence to the contrary on the left.

Brad Slager, a Fort Lauderdale freelance writer, wrote this story exclusively for Sunshine State News. He writes on politics and the industry and his stories appear in such publications as RedState and The Federalist. 

Comments

SSN, once again blocking posts . . . . . . PATHETIC . . .

Thanks, Brad for your column...this is the Left at their worst behavior...they always talk about the rights of EVERYONE, but somehow they draw the line with those that philosophically differ with them...that's why they lost the last election and will lose the next one...the Left and Antifa say one thing and then do another...you rarely find conservatives causing trouble, riots, burning of cars, etc...it's always the Left...

Just a head's up, Barney . . . . . It seems the Democrats won the House in the last election . . . . . . . or have you been sleeping . . . . . . . . . . . . as to those conservatives . . . . . those fine people that Trump supported in Charlottesville ran over and killed people (and like something out of the 1930's, threatened Jews) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and we can go on and on about who really can't tolerate those different than themselves . . . . . . . self-denial . . . . . . . is always . . . . . . . PATHETIC . . . .

A head's up allright, up your a$$, typical libtard moron.

Assault is assault, whether it is a trump supporter beating up a protester or a liberal candidate throwing any projectile at someone speaking publicly. Bottom line-she does not represent the Democratic Party, she represents herself, just as POTUS dies not represents the whole of the current GOP. Free speech does not allow for public assaults.

The fascism at the root of the Democrat party has risen to new levels.

Well, aren't you showing how bright and well-educated you are . . . . . . . Fascism is a radical right-wing form of authoritarian and ultra-nationalism, often characterized by dictatorial power, coupled with the forcible suppression of opposition and the strong regimentation of society and of the economy . . . . . . with the constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, flags, symbols, and songs . . . . .a disdain for human rights and persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need" . . . . approval of torture . . . . rallying supporters with a common perceived threat or enemy, typically along racial or religious lines . . . . .rampant sexism, anti-gay . . . . . .with a view of mass media as the enemy that must be controlled . . . . .protection of corporate power and suppression of labor unions . . . . . obsession with crime and punishment, yet condoning rampant cronyism and corruption . . . . . . . and lastly, undertaking fraudulent elections . . . . . these are NOT the tenets of the Democratic Party . . . . . . . . they ARE the tenets of Donald Trump's America the way he'd like it to be AND is constantly trying to make it . . . . . . . . . . grow up, open your eyes . . . . . . and LEARN what fascism really is . . . . . . to do and carelessly say otherwise, is to be . . . . . . . . . simply . . . . . . PATHETIC . . . .

Wow! You've described your hero Hillary to a T! Good going sparky.

So, Mr. MotorMouth ToughGuy WingNut is assaulted by a girl spilling a milkshake on him! Almost as bad as a Muslim throwing a shoe at clueless Bush! Ha, ha, ha, ha.

Assaulted by a troll is more like it. Don't have a cogent argument? Don't know how to use reason and logic with those you disagree with? Throw a milkshake at them! Yeah, that's the ticket. Typical libloon behaviour.

"Spilling" The police arrested her for battery. But thank you for displaying exactly the type of dichotomy of thought on the matter I was referring to in the piece.

Liberal socialist, activist, Democrats, will "rue the day when their endless public assaults finally light the fuse of revolution": there will be NO PEACEFUL EASY RECOVERY, nor "coming back", from THAT day... (Or as Admiral Yamamoto, in 1941 described it: " I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant".) "Civil War" awaits us at "the end of this slippery slope" we find ourself upon...

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