She only wanted to watch a movie about Mister Rogers in peace but Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi soon found herself in physical danger at a Tampa theater where she was ambushed by a leftist hate mob.
The scene of this latest outbreak of fascist thuggery was the historic Tampa Theater where the Sunshine State’s top law enforcement official found herself surround and being heckled after a flash mob quickly assembled. Bondi was insulted, intimidated and even spat at by hooligans before law enforcement personnel arrived to escort her out of harm’s way.
It was yet another dangerous escalation by a deranged and militant political left that has been instigated by Democrats and the media and emboldened by those who are using social media platforms to call for acts of violence.
Pam Bondi attempted to attend a screening of the Mister Rogers documentary a day after announcing her plan to end protections for health care consumers with pre-existing conditions. Here, via @timintampa, is what happened. pic.twitter.com/zMLrSayS8M
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) June 23, 2018
Confronting her about her recently announced plan to end health care protections for people with pre-existing conditions, as well as her stance on immigration, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was heckled by protesters Friday night after a screening of the new Mr. Rogers film.
A video of the incident was taken by Florida activist Timothy Heberlein of Organize Florida, and shows several people roasting Bondi as she scurries out of Won’t You Be My Neighbor with a police escort.
Protesters could can be heard in the clip yelling things like “You’re a horrible person!” But the best line might have been when a protester basically said Fred Rogers would’ve been disappointed with Bondi. “What would Mr. Rogers think about you and your legacy in Florida? Taking away health insurance from people with pre-existing conditions, Pam Bondi!” yelled one protester in the video. “Shame on you!”
Additional details from the Tampa Bay Times:
“What would Mister Rogers think about you and your legacy in Florida? Taking away health insurance from people with pre-existing conditions, Pam Bondi!” Maria José Chapa, a labor organizer, can be heard yelling to Bondi in the video. “Shame on you!”
“You’re a horrible person!” another protester shouts.
Reached by phone on Saturday, Bondi said the sudden protest didn’t square with the lessons imparted by Fred Rogers.
“We were in a movie about anti-bullying and practicing peace and love and tolerance and accepting of people for their differences,” Bondi said. “That’s what Mister Rogers is all about. We all believe in free speech, but there’s a big difference there.”
After this story was first published online Saturday afternoon, a Bondi spokesman recounted a much less pleasant story of the attorney general’s interactions with the protesters.
“The video they are choosing to share is of the least aggressive portion of the attack that transpired after police arrived to control the scene. What they are not sharing publicly are several previous encounters involving large men getting in the Attorney General’s face, spitting and blocking her exit,” the spokesman, Whitney Ray, said in an emailed statement. “The Attorney General tried to have a conversation with these individuals, however, when it became abundantly clear that they were not interested in a constructive dialog but were only there to cause a scene, the attorney general tried to leave the volatile scene.”
Chapa called this version of events a “lie,” contending that there were no large men in her party. When asked whether Mister Rogers would have approached the situation the same way the activists did, Chapa said he might have handled it differently.
“I’m not Mister Rogers,” Chapa said. “I don’t have the poise or temperament of Mister Rogers.”
In case anyone hasn’t spotted a trend here, Bondi is the third strong conservative woman who has been run out of a public setting by a hate mob in less than a week.
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen was verbally assaulted in a Washington D.C. restaurant on Tuesday and chased out by an angry pack of screaming socialists and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was kicked out of a Lexington, Virginia restaurant on Friday. For a party that loves to present itself as a protector of women, there is something wrong with this picture.
The confrontations will intensify as the summer of hate is only getting started and at this rate, the media will have blood on its hands when someone gets killed which is inevitable.