Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier came out on Wednesday and defended the actions of a group of aggressive protesters who ran Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen out of a Mexican restaurant.
The protesters were angry with current immigration policy separating children of illegals from parents, failing to understand the policy in question has been around long before Trump took office in 2017.
CNN’s Erin Burnett asked Speier about the protesters, who were organized by the Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists of America to heckle Nielsen over the administration’s immigration policy. Speier said the protest was “probably spontaneous.”
“What happened there was probably spontaneous. Those weren’t progressives; those were just people who are disgusted by the way the administration has thought it was okay to separate parents and their children,” Speier said.
The heckling was not spontaneous, according to the New York Times, which reported that the socialist group came to the restaurant after finding out Nielsen was there.
“I suppose everyone has the right to have dinner wherever they want,” Speier said. “And I can’t speak to whether that was spontaneous from people that were in the restaurant or if people followed her there. I don’t know the facts and the situation.”
“If you foment hate as the president does on a daily basis, in his base, it also creates a reaction by others,” Speier said.
No matter how you try to spin it, the actions of the folks in that restaurant were atrocious, dangerous, and close to becoming violent. That is not the proper way to exercise your right to express grievances with the way the current government is being run.
Human decency is a character trait that should always take center stage for Americans who take public discourse seriously. Treating people maliciously is never a wise way to win hearts and minds to your cause.
Source: Free Beacon
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