A gaggle of offended protesters on Tuesday stormed right into a city corridor assembly being hosted by Rep. Jared Huffman to wave indicators and shout chants reminiscent of “Medical freedom now!” “Disgrace on you!” and “Fauci lied!”
In a Facebook post printed after the occasion, the North Coast congressman stated the “mob” compelled its method into the assembly, in defiance of well being and security protocols, and proceeded to be impolite and aggressive.
“Exterior of the January sixth revolt, this is likely to be the ugliest, most disgraceful spectacle I’ve ever seen,” Huffman wrote.
Video footage from the occasion, which was held in San Rafael, reveals protesters waving American flags and protest indicators, together with one that claims, “All of the ferrets died.” That’s apparently a reference to a viral and debunked Fb submit claiming that animals concerned in COVID-19 research all croaked shortly after getting the shot. Once more, malarkey.
Different indicators in contrast the alleged discrimination confronted by unvaccinated folks to racial segregation and apartheid. Yet one more invoked the Black Lives Matter motion by stating, in all-caps, “UNVACCINATED LIVES MATTER.” These indicators have been held by white folks, naturally.
The protesters have been apparently upset that proof of vaccination was initially required for admission and capability was restricted for bodily distancing. (The vaccination requirement was later dropped.)
Amidst the shouting, Huffman addressed the protesters from the stage, saying, “We now have at all times had capability guidelines for gatherings. We’ve at all times had frequent sense limits on gatherings, and I’m sorry that a few of it rubs you the mistaken method. However it’s not a civil proper. It’s not apartheid. It’s not the Holocaust.”
Right here’s what Huffman needed to say afterward:
Tonight an offended COVID-denying mob tried to show my city corridor assembly right into a MAGA circus. Exterior of the January sixth revolt, this is likely to be the ugliest, most disgraceful spectacle I’ve ever seen.
I really feel badly for the numerous constituents who wished to affix me within the form of productive, respectful group dialogue we at all times have at my city corridor conferences. The mob compelled its method in, flouting public well being guidelines on room capability, masking and distancing. They defied our request that the restricted room house be reserved for vaccinated constituents who had RSVP’d to attend (everybody else might be part of on-line). The mob was impolite, aggressive, and decided to verbally and bodily forestall us from continuing, primarily daring us and/or the police to try to take away them, which we declined to do.
Fortunately, apart from pushing, shoving and screaming, they stopped wanting violence. To my poor workers and dozens of constituents who confirmed superb grace and endurance in weathering this spectacle with me, thanks. We have been disrupted and disrespected, however not intimidated or deterred. We did our greatest to push ahead with some semblance of a city corridor.
I’ve had dozens upon dozens of city halls through the years and this has by no means occurred earlier than. Hopefully it should by no means occur once more. To my data, I’m the primary Democratic politician in our space to attempt to resume in-person city corridor conferences, and we wished to take action in cautious compliance with public well being guidelines. We are going to discover a strategy to get again to practical, respectful city corridor conferences — they’re such an exquisite train in democracy when folks respect one another and categorical themselves with a modicum of civility.
However this can be a cautionary story concerning a difficulty I attempted to debate tonight. As sturdy and resilient as our democratic republic has been for over 230 years, as a lot as we consider American democracy and the rule of regulation as unshakable, the survival and continuation of this experiment isn’t preordained. We might lose all of it. We got here rattling near shedding it over the previous 12 months, and people threats are nonetheless with us. These of us who care about American values and establishments are going to need to do the exhausting work of sustaining and defending them in opposition to some very ugly, very critical threats within the months forward.