As if the recent violence that took place at U.C. Berkley, where anti-Trump protesters under a group called ANTIFA (Anti-Fascists) shut down a sold out event hosted by conservative journalist Milo Yiannopoulos and proceeded to assault bystanders, now a 71-year-old woman was hospitalized due to protesters storming the office of a Republican lawmaker in California.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) of California’s 48th congressional district was the center of yet another anti-Trump protest group, this one calling themselves “Indivisible”, who tried to force their way into his office through a locked door. Indivisible’s website calls for organizing “action events” at the local offices/homes of congressional members from February 18th through the 26th, when they are back home from Washington D.C.
Indivisible also presents a document titled “A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda”, intended as a blueprint for local protesters to disrupt the lives of Republican elected officials, or as they put it, “making Congress listen”.
Kathleen Staunton, the District Director for Congressman Rohrabacher, was knocked down and subsequently hospitalized after Indivisible protesters swarmed the Representative’s office entrance yesterday under the guise of “delivering Valentine’s Day cards”.
In reality, it’s more likely that Indivisible used a mother and her 2-year-old as props, while they took pictures of the child sliding a Valentine’s Day card under the door of Rohrabacher’s office, as the group stands in the background as part of their anti-Trump protest movement (as described in their own words on their website).
Notice that all cameras are on the 2-year-old girl, who I highly doubt made a political decision and asked her mommy to make a card to convince Rohrabacher to hold a town hall meeting with anti-Trump protesters, so that their footage can later be circulated on social media to bolster their cause.
Next, 71-year-old Kathleen Staunton was exiting through the same door to use the restroom in the hall, which was locked from the other side due to the mass of protesters outside, and just as she was opening the door one of the protesters yanked the door handle from the other side. This resulted in Staunton losing her grip on her side of the door, falling and hitting her head, which caused her to be hospitalized.
When Kathleen opened the door, the 2-year-old child that Indivisible used to deliver their Valentine’s Day card was knocked over, since she was still standing close to it and the door had not windows to see through to the other side. The child was thankfully unharmed, despite being placed in front of a door that could open towards her at any moment, but that in turn caused the group to crowd the area as one of the protesters pulled the door open while Kathleen was still grasping the door handle.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher distributed a press release from his website while adding that the protest group was involved in “political thuggery” rather than idealism.
WASHINGTON – Protesters swarming the corridor outside Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s Huntington Beach, CA, office Tuesday knocked unconscious the congressman’s district director, who was hospitalized after falling into unconsciousness. In the tumult, a two-year-old girl apparently brought along with the crowd was also hit by a swinging door.
When Kathleen Staunton, 71, who has managed the congressman’s office since his first term in 1989, attempted to exit through the front door to visit a restroom in the downtown office building, a protester yanked the door open, causing her to fall and hit her head. The door also pushed over the child, who was reportedly uninjured. Staunton was treated by paramedics and taken to a local hospital.
The protesters were part of a nationwide movement calling themselves Indivisible, who have vowed to resist President Trump’s agenda by trying to occupy Republican congressional offices, often demanding “town hall” meetings with the lawmakers. This action was billed as a Valentine’s Day event with Rep. Rohrabacher, even though the congressman was working in Washington with the House of Representatives in session.
Concerning the protest-turned-violent, Rep. Rohrabacher released the following statement:
I am outraged beyond words that protesters who mobbed my Huntington Beach office violently knocked down my faithful district director, Kathleen Staunton, causing her to be hospitalized. And, yes, deliberate or not, the incident came as part of a mob action that not only intimidates but coerces. Though the protesters think of themselves as idealists, they engaged in political thuggery, pure and simple. These people do not want, as they’ve claimed, to hold a town hall meeting with me. These are unruly activists on whom the lessons of civility and democratic participation have been lost. They have repeatedly disrupted the normal operations of my district office, preventing my staff from serving constituents with real needs, such as veterans’ and social security issues. They are part of a nationwide, anti-Trump mobilization, whose organizers call themselves, with supreme hypocrisy, by the name “Indivisible.” In fact, they are bent on dividing the nation, defying the will of voters and undermining the legitimacy of the election. These holier-than-thou obstructionists will be held responsible for this outrageous assault. They are exposing themselves for what they are — enemies of American self-government and democracy.
Although this situation could be described as an unfortunate accident, the result is the same as if it was intentional, with an elderly woman just trying to get through her work day being injured by political “activists” who openly describe themselves as “resisting the Trump agenda”. In other words, their goal is disrupt a democratically elected administration from fulfilling his promises to the voters who put him into office.
The Democrats sure are putting a great face on their party, as their resistance to the “America First” values of President Trump is sure to be a big hit in winning back the blue collar working class, who abandoned them in droves during the election.