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Photographer for major paper says protesters ordered him ‘no more pictures,’ threatened to destroy his equipment — and it appears he obeyed

Antifa and other violent left-wing protesters and rioters say they’re against fascists. But we’ve seen time and time again through their behavior that they’re truly the fascists. One look at what went down in Minneapolis on Thursday night is a prime example.

What happened?

A staff photographer with the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper wrote that protesters in ordered him to take “no more pictures” and threatened to steal and destroy his equipment if he didn’t fall in line:

“Protesters chanting ‘no more pictures’ as they march along S. 4th Street along US Bank Stadium,” Aaron Lavinsky wrote. “An organizer just came up to me demanding I turn my cameras off. She threatened to snatch my camera [from] me if I didn’t comply.”

And in the end it appears Lavinsky did just that.

“Folks, I’m backing off,” he added in a follow-up tweet. “Multiple people threatening to take and break my cameras. Been berated most of the night by a small group of organizers and anarchists.”

Lavinsky send subsequent messages noting that while some protesters were fine with him being there it’s “unfortunate that not all value the free press.”

Here’s one of the videos Lavinsky recorded for the Star Tribune’s story:

The paper’s piece — for which Lavinsky shares a byline — noted that Minneapolis police faced off with about 100 people who “gathered … to protest local and national issues.”

Besides “no more pictures,” the Star Tribune said other chants included, “No justice, no peace, kill all the police” and “Die, Donald Trump.”

Lavinsky’s run-in with the mob was documented in the story as well: “Some protesters shouted at a Star Tribune photographer, telling him to stop taking photos and threatening to take cameras away. They chanted, ‘No more pictures,’ as they walked.”

How did folks respond to the photographer’s tweets?

A couple of commenters seemed sympathetic to the protesters:

  • “This is for their own safety,” one commenter wrote. “You can actually endanger them by creating video/photo evidence.”
  • “Yeah dude you need to make sure you don’t accidentally photograph someone in an identifiable way,” another commenter said, soon adding that “you could cause a lot of problems for them including death.”

But it seems most responders weren’t happy with the fascist threats:

  • “Be safe,” one commenter implored. “Is the @StarTribune still going to call this a peaceful protest? Or are they going to call a spade a spade for once?”
  • “Fascist liberal bastards,” another commenter wrote. “What is happening in Louisville, Portland, Seattle, New York, and Washington DC is Joe Biden’s America. This is what will happen nationwide if Biden is elected.”
  • “What more proof is needed that these are not protests,” another commenter added. “In a real protest the protestors want video to spread their message. Only people that plan on criminal activity demand videos be shut off. #MAGA2020.”
  • “We can’t back down. This is what Communism looks like,” another commenter said. “What next? We will be told what books we can read and which ones we can’t? Checkpoints? Guard tower’s?? We fought to hard against the Soviets to have it end up in our own country. We need to wake up!!!
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Left-wing protester — who’s also a convicted felon — arrested after pointing gun at Louisville motorist

Sometimes those peaceful, gun-shunning leftists can surprise you.

Seems one of them who took part in a Louisville protest march Friday evening pointed a gun at a motorist — and to top it off, the arrestee is a convicted felon, WDRB-TV reported.

What are the details?

Louisville Metro Police on Saturday released video taken from a police helicopter that was circling over the march, and it shows a woman — identified as Robin Ash — pointing a gun at the driver of a dark gray Ford Taurus, the station said.

Ash is facing charges of wanton endangerment, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and criminal mischief, WDRB reported, citing court records.

But others at the scene defended Ash, saying the driver pointed a gun at demonstrators first, the station said.

In the police video, which contains no sound, the car in question is traveling in the opposite direction from the march — and one protester appears to be standing in the left-hand turn lane the car enters.

The car comes to a stop after passing the protester, and that’s when the trouble starts.

Several protesters approach the car, including a woman who pulls out a gun and points it at the motorist.


Image source: Facebook video screenshot via Louisville Metro Police Department

After another protester appears to intervene, the woman who pointed the gun walks away from the scene and seems to place something in her pocket or waistband.


Image source: Facebook video screenshot via Louisville Metro Police Department

Others remained near the car and WDRB said one person appears to kick the vehicle while other protesters try to get the crowd away. The police video shows the car drive a short distance down the street before it comes to a stop, and the station said the driver exits the car as police gather around the vehicle and protesters continue to move forward.

Another video, another story

Sheri Wright took her own video of the march and posted a clip of the incident involving the car on her Facebook page, WDRB said — and at a Sunday news conference at the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, she said the motorist “tried to run over protesters.”

Wright’s video shows the Ford Taurus drive closely past at least two people marching in the street before coming to a stop, the station said.

More from WDRB:

As Wright approaches the car, video shows the man behind the wheel pulling out a gun and pointing it at the demonstrators near his car. Ash is not seen approaching the car in Wright’s video, which is focused on the driver’s window.

Wright follows the car as it moves a few feet down the road, and her video shows the man get out of the car and again point a gun at protesters as he inspects a dent in his vehicle. The man then gestures in the direction of police, who are seen moments later moving the crowd away from the vehicle.


Image source: Facebook video screenshot via Sheri Wright

Here’s Wright’s video. (Content warning: Language):

“What do you do when somebody threatens you with a gun? You know, you run or you defend — fight or flight,” Wright said, according to the station. “So I’m not going to knock anyone who felt her life was threatened, because I certainly felt my life was threatened, as did everyone there.”

She added to WDRB that police “surrounded themselves around this man and his vehicle in a protective fashion.”

“It seems very one-sided as far as where LMPD interjects itself into a conflict,” Wright also noted to the station. “From my observation, they want to protect the people who are opposed to the protesters against police brutality. I’ve seen this over and over and over again.”

What did police have to say?

Sgt. Lamont Washington said in a statement that the motorist wasn’t arrested because he was a victim in the incident, WDRB said.

“LMPD released the video to show the whole story,” Washington added to the station. “A still photo or single angle often doesn’t do that. No charges are expected of the driver whose name will not be released since he was the victim.”

(H/T: Bearing Arms)

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Black Lives Matter supporter appears to call on Kenosha ‘protesters’ to target local Amazon Fulfillment Center

A Black Lives Matter supporter with nearly 90,000 Twitter followers posted a message Tuesday to “protesters” in Kenosha, Wisconsin, apparently suggesting that they target a local Amazon Fulfillment Center.

The tweet reads: “looks like #Kenosha has one of these. protestors should definitely not go there.” The tweet also includes the address of the Amazon Fulfillment Center along with the hashtag “KenoshaUprising.”

The poster — @tommiesunshine — uses “#BlackLivesMatter” as his Twitter account heading and calls himself a “sub-cultural historian” and a “raver/activist/protester” who is “15yrs sober.”

He follows up his original tweet with some leftist meanderings: “if there was no Amazon then how would people get all of those Capitalistic things that no one needs delivered same day/next day? disrupting the flow of Capitalism could ruin people’s lives. what would we do without Capitalism?”

How did folks react?

While some of the poster’s followers appreciated his sentiments, others weren’t at all down with them:

  • “Hell yeah burn down the place that probably employs a quarter of the town’s actual working people,” one user noted. “Definite good way to get people on your side and stop them from being racist.”
  • “Looting is for degenerate bottom feeders. F*** off,” another user reacted.
  • “Washed up DJ with no talent stoking racial flames because no one pays attention to him anymore,” another commenter noted. “Aging sucks doesn’t it Tommie?”
  • “How about we suffocate the black community burn down all [their] necessities and prevent them from getting everyday goods,” yet another user suggested sarcastically.
  • “Funny part is [Amazon founder and CEO Jeff] Bezos owns The Washington Post which has been fueling this bulls**t BLM narrative from the start,” another user pointed out.

Anything else?

Kenosha has been in chaos since Sunday night following the police-involved shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake. His father said he’s now paralyzed from the waist down.

The riots, fires, and destruction has gotten so bad that Wisconsin’s governor called out the National Guard to help. Some of the lowlights have included:

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Man arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot up yeshiva children’s camp over lack of social distancing

A Long Island, New York, man was arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot up a children’s yeshiva camp over what he viewed as a lack of social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic, authorities
told WNBC-TV.

What are the details?

Nicola Pelle — 58-year-old Inwood resident — called police Monday evening saying there were “500 kids in the yard playing and not social distancing” at the Yeshiva Ketana of Long Island children’s camp, the station said, adding that he said no one was wearing a mask.


Image source: WNBC-TV video screenshot

But while cops were en route, Pelle called again because he didn’t feel they were responding fast enough and threatened to shoot those at the camp if authorities didn’t arrive promptly, Nassau County officials noted to WNBC.

“If I gotta go out there with a freaking machine gun and shoot all these people, I will,” Pelle said, according to Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder, the station reported.

More from WNBC:

He was arrested without incident. Cops later found him in possession of a valid Nassau County pistol permit, five handguns and rifles and shotguns, including two assault weapons. Fourteen weapons were found in all, and were seized as evidence, cops said. One of the guns found, a bushmaster rifle, is illegal to own in New York.

Pelle was charged with making a terroristic threat, four counts of criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm. He was arraigned in Mineola court later Tuesday and was released on bond. It wasn’t clear if he had retained an attorney, and Pelle did not speak with reporters at his home.

Hours after he posted bond, EMTs were seen at his home, but it was not known why.


Image source: WNBC-TV video screenshot

What did the rabbi who runs the yeshiva have to say?

Rabbi Ari Ginian, who runs the yeshiva, told the station that Pelle’s alleged behavior was “very uncharacteristic” and that he’s lived next door to the camp for many years.

“He may have been frustrated by some of the situation we are under,” Ginian added to WNBC. “There is duress right now on everyone’s part. We feel for him that he brought himself to that point, and we hope that he takes back what he said.”


Image source: WNBC-TV video screenshot

Neighbors told the station the allegations are unusual for Pelle, who they described as a “very nice guy.” They also told WNBC that he’s not in good health and may have been stressed.

“He definitely wasn’t himself, he didn’t look right,” neighbor Anthony Rivelli noted to the station, adding that when Pelle was speaking to him he “just wasn’t making sense. I knew something was wrong, so I think we got a little overreaction here.”

Pelle is scheduled to appear in court in October, WNBC reported.

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Leftist Harvard grad goes viral over threat to ‘stab’ the ‘next person’ who says ‘All Lives Matter.’ Now she’s going to the unemployment line.

It was apparently lightning-fast justice.

Recent Harvard graduate Claira Janover went viral for posting a TikTok video in which she threatened to “stab” the “next person” who has “the nerve, the sheer entitled caucasity to say ‘All Lives Matter.'”

“I’ma stab you,” Janover growled. “I’ma stab you, and while you’re struggling and bleeding out, I’ma show you my paper cut and say, ‘My cut matters, too.'”


Claira Janover: I will stab you if you say “All Lives Matter”

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‘Trump supporters took my job away from me’

But Janover struck a very different tone shortly thereafter in follow-up videos she posted Wednesday, tearfully telling her fans that she’d been fired from her job — and that supporters of President Donald Trump were to blame.

“Trump supporters took my job away from me,” the blubbering Ivy Leaguer said in one video. “I have gotten death threats, rape threats, violent threats. It was OK, but now my future’s entirely compromised because Trump supporters have decided to come for my life. God, this sucks. You guys suck.”

Janover added, “I’m too strong for you. I’m too strong for any of you ‘All Lives Matter,’ racist Trump supporters. It sucks. But it doesn’t suck as much as systemic racism. And I’m not gonna stop using my platform to advocate for it.”

She also ripped her former employer, U.K.-based accounting firm Deloitte, where Janover was an “incoming government and public business service analyst,” the New York Post said, citing her LinkedIn account.

“And I’m sorry, Deloitte, that you can’t see that,” she continued. “That you were cowardice [sic] enough to fight somebody who’s going to make an indelible change in the world and is going to have an impact.”

The Post said Deloitte didn’t immediately respond to multiple requests for comment.


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‘I know this is what Trump supporters wanted’

Janover posted yet another clip detailing more about her tragic comeuppance.

“I know this is what Trump supporters wanted because standing up for Black Lives Matter put me in a place online to be seen by millions of people,” she said before losing her composure once again. “The job that I’d worked really hard to get and meant a lot to me has called me and fired me because of everything.”

In the video, Janover pointed upward toward an image of what appeared to be a page from Deloitte’s website and said her termination happened “even though they claim to stand against systematic [sic] bias, racism, and unequal treatment.”

She also told the “thousands” of Trump supporters who she said sent her death threats and violent messages that “I’m still not going to stop talking about and defending Black Lives Matter. You can’t take away my spirit and my devotion toward human rights.”

After her original threat to “stab” the “next person” who says “all lives matter” went viral, the Post said Janover claimed she wasn’t being serious.


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Idiot threatens to ‘beat the s**t out of’ about 20 NYPD officers. But they soon give him a much-needed dose of reality.

A man apparently took cellphone video of himself traipsing down a New York City sidewalk — with uniformed police officers lined up against a building — and actually started threatening them.

The bewildering clip — posted Monday to Twitter — depicts what appears to be the videographer sizing up the long line of about 20 officers and raining down threats, insults, and multiple N-words upon them.


Image source: Twitter video screenshot

The diverse group — consisting of whites, blacks, Hispanics, Asians, as well as one officer who appeared to be wearing a head covering — uttered hardly a word and simply stared the man down.

He then turned his attention to a “small” officer in particular: “I’m gonna f*** with you! I’m gonna f*** with you!”

But soon the cop appeared to invite the loudmouthed man to try — and the officer put his helmet down and drew his nightstick, keeping it ready just in front of him:


Image source: Twitter video screenshot

Still the man kept right on taunting the officer saying, “Me and you? Together? By ourselves? … I will f*** you up, badly. You hear me? I’m gonna f*** you up somethin’ different … your DNA would be under my sneaker motherf***er!”

But alas, our hero’s time was just about up — and the officers appeared to have enough of his tiresome boasts, converging on him suddenly and shutting down his routine.

Content warning: Profanity, racial slurs

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Unhinged protester screams at drivers, ‘Do black lives matter to you?!’ One woman doesn’t answer correctly — and things get scary.

George Floyd protesters were caught on video descending upon a Maryland street near Interstate 270 — and one ultra-confrontational leftist took it upon herself to scream a question at passing cars: “Do black lives matter to you?!”

What are the details?

One driver was all in and answered affirmatively with his fist raised, so the self-appointed toll booth collector let the driver pass.


Image source: Twitter video screenshot

But one woman made the mistake of completely ignoring the screamed question as she passed by:


Image source: Twitter video screenshot

The driver’s rudeness infuriated the protester, who called her “Karen,” a “f***in’ white piece of s**t,” and a “bitch” — and even appeared to challenge her to a fight: “Oh yeah?! You wanna f***in’ go, Karen?”

Arriving at the driver’s window, the protester screamed, “Until black lives matter, no lives matter!”

The driver made a reference to people of different colors, presumably as a way of communicating that all people are equal, and then said to get out of her way. But the screaming protester wasn’t having it, hollered back at the woman, then stood in front of her vehicle.

Then things got a little scarier.

Other protesters joined in the fray and began assembling near the vehicle: “She ain’t goin’ nowhere …” a male declared as a protester banged on the hood of the SUV.

Either frightened, angry, or both, the driver leaned into her horn for a spell — but it was no use.

“Whatcha gonna do?” the same man apparently repeats. “You’re not goin’ nowhere.”

Here’s the video. (Content warning: Language):

How did folks react to the video?

As you might imagine, Twitter users weren’t happy with the protesters’ tactics, and some made it clear how they would respond if in the same situation:

  • “Yep… I’d have pulled out my 357 mag.”
  • “They closed a lot of mental hospitals in the 70’s and 80’s. We could use them again now. If standing in traffic and screeching accusations at people you’ve never met isn’t nuts, I’m not sure what is.”
  • “These people are just handing Trump a re-election at this point, silver patter and all.”
  • “This is terrorism.”
  • “They don’t even know they are the fascists.”
  • “All the more reason to carry.”
  • “A new cult rises.”
  • “I would have backed up and come at them full speed.”
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President Trump says he’ll endorse anyone with ‘a pulse’ against GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski

President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to campaign for anyone with “a pulse” against Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, after the lawmaker from Alaska told the press she could not commit to voting for Trump in November.

What are the details?

“Few people know where they’ll be in two years from now, but I do,” President Trump tweeted. “In the Great State of Alaska (which I love) campaigning against Senator Lisa Murkowski. She voted against HealthCare, Justice Kavanaugh, and much else…”

He added, “Unrelated, I gave Alaska ANWR, major highways, and more. Get any candidate ready, good or bad, I don’t care, I’m endorsing. If you have a pulse, I’m with you!”

The day before, the president lashed out at his former secretary of defense, Jim Mattis, after the retired general criticized President Trump over his leadership. Mattis accused Trump in a statement to The Atlantic of making “a mockery of our Constitution.” The president fired back over Twitter that Mattis was “the world’s most overrated general,” and that he was “glad [Mattis] is gone.”

In response to Mattis’ comments, Murkowski told congressional reporters on Thursday, “I was really thankful. I thought General Mattis’ words were true and honest and necessary and overdue and I have been struggling for the right words.”

She continued, “I was encouraged a couple of nights ago when I was able to read what President Bush had written and I found that to be empowering for me as one leader, but then when I saw General Mattis’ comments yesterday, I felt like perhaps we’re getting to the point where we can be more honest with the concerns that we might hold internally, and have the courage of our own convictions to speak up. And so, I’m working as one individual to form the right words, knowing that these words really matter.”

The Hill reported that when Murkwoski was asked whether she would vote for President Trump in 2020, she replied, “I am struggling with it. I have struggled with it for a long time.” She acknowledged that Trump is “our duly elected president,” and added that she would “continue to work with him” and “with his administration.”

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Public school teacher accused of offering to pay coronavirus-infected people to cough on President Trump has resigned

A Rhode Island public school teacher accused of offering to pay people infected with the coronavirus to cough on President Donald Trump has resigned, WJAR-TV reported.

The Woonsocket School Committee voted 5-0 to accept a settlement agreement with Amy Bednarz on Wednesday night, the station said, adding that she tendered her resignation as part of the agreement. There was no report on other details of the settlement.

What’s the background?

“Somebody with Covid-19, I will pay you to cough on #Trump,” Bednarz allegedly tweeted in March, WJAR said.

Image source: Twitter

The user identified herself as a sixth-grade English Language Learner teacher at Villanova Middle School in Woonsocket in a subsequent post, WJAR reported, adding that the account has been deleted.

A district investigation into the Twitter post was launched in late March.

What did a state education official have to say about the tweet?

“I was saddened & disappointed to see this tweet — it is unprofessional and sends the wrong message during a time when our whole education community is setting a national example,” the state’s Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Angelica Infante-Green tweeted. “This is not acceptable and certainly not representative of the overwhelming majority of RI teachers.”

How are folks reacting to the teacher’s resignation and settlement?

Commenters on WJAR’s Facebook page were almost universally pleased that the accused teacher resigned — but wanted more done to her:

  • “Good. She is a first class piece of crap!”
  • “Trump Derangement Syndrome…still can’t get over he won.”
  • “She needs professional help!
  • “Only in RI do teachers [who] encourage endangering the president’s life get paid to quit their jobs.”
  • “But the taxpayers still have to pony up $!”
  • “She’ll be picked up by some liberal college to teach.”

(H/T: EAG News)

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NJ orders up to 1,000 inmates released to lessen coronavirus while left-wing governor threatens ‘action’ against residents who violate stay-at-home order

Up to 1,000 New Jersey inmates are being temporarily released by the state to stem the coronavirus tide, Politico reported, citing the American Civil Liberties Union, which campaigned for the move along with the state Office of the Public Defender.

“Unprecedented times call for rethinking the normal way of doing things, and in this case it means releasing people who pose little risk to their communities for the sake of public health and the dignity of people who are incarcerated,” ACLU-NJ Executive Director Amol Singha said in a statement, the outlet noted.

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and the County Prosecutors Association of the State of New Jersey also backed the move, Politico reported.

“It is inevitable that the virus will spread into the county jails and, when that happens, the health and well-being of inmates and jail staff members will be at tremendous risk,” public defender Joseph Krakora wrote, the outlet added. “It is therefore incumbent upon the criminal justice system to reduce our county jail populations to the extent possible without compromising public safety.”

What are the details?

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner ordered two classes of inmates released by 6 a.m. Tuesday, the outlet said — those behind bars as a condition of probation and those serving time from municipal court convictions. Inmates for probation violations and low-level crimes — fourth-degree, disorderly persons, or petty disorderly persons offenses — will be released Thursday, Politico added.

The order lets county prosecutors challenge inmate releases, the outlet said, adding that it also suspends sentences until the coronavirus crisis passes as opposed to commuting them. Judges also have the option of ordering inmates back to jail later or give them credit for time served, Politico reported.

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy — known for his left-wing politics — on Tuesday praised the action:

And yet…

The move to release prisoners in New Jersey comes as Murphy has imposed a stay-at-home order for all residents — and the governor got angry Sunday that some weren’t obeying it.

“We are really damned unhappy” about disobedient residents “and we’re going to take action,” he said, according to the Atlantic City Press.

Murphy also said there are “too many people not paying attention to this” and “we’ve about had it,” the paper added.

Police arrested a New Jersey homeowner Friday for hosting a wedding at his home with more than 50 people in attendance, the number of which violates Murphy’s order.

What was the reaction?

Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, and others aren’t down with releasing prisoners while demanding residents stay at home. One Twitter user reacted to Fitton’s tweet about the situation, saying the move smacks of “Democrat totalitarianism”:

(H/T: Townhall)

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‘I should just come to you and cough on you!’: Portland activist threatens Mayor Ted Wheeler for not freezing rent amid coronavirus outbreak

Now that the coronavirus is within our borders and spreading, it appears that some radicals in the far-left bastion of Portland, Oregon, are coming unglued — and eating their own.

What’s going on?

Far-left Mayor Ted Wheeler — a lightning rod for criticism from conservatives over his handling of brutal Antifa rioting, violence, and general lawlessness in the city — announced a temporary halt on evictions amid the coronavirus outbreak that’s crippling the economy, the Portland Tribune reported.

But Wheeler — who made the Tuesday announcement with Multnomah County Chairwoman Deborah Kafoury — got an earful from activists who hijacked the news conference at McCoy Health Department headquarters, the paper said.

First up was a black-clad activist who took over the podium microphone after Wheeler stepped away from it. The protester said in a rapid-fire delivery that the halt on evictions was of “no use to the people of Portland.”

“Neither the virus nor the housing crisis will disappear at the end of the month or in three months or in six months,” the activist said. “Freezing rent until the economy can safely recover is the only way to keep thousands more Portlanders off the streets.”

He then led a rousing “Flatten the curve! Freeze the rents!” chant.

Image source: YouTube screenshot

After the first protester was done, another activist spoke up, yelling that “you will not be able to collect [rent] from us!” and telling Wheeler that “you need to be held to account!”

The mayor told the woman that “you need to go outside.”

“No, I don’t need to do anything!” the woman shot back. “I should just come to you and cough on you! What are you gonna do about that?”

Image source: YouTube screenshot

Wheeler replied in shock: “Really? You will say that in front of the entire meeting? You will come and cough on me?”

“Yeah!” the woman hollered back at the mayor repeatedly as the prospect of catching the coronavirus is on everybody’s mind.

When Wheeler returned to the podium to answer questions, he noted that he believes the crisis will “bring out the best in all of us.”

With that, a voice out of camera range — presumably the woman who threatened to cough on him — asked Wheeler, “Will it bring out the best in you as a capitalist?”

Wheeler shot back that “you got your time at the mic.”

The woman replied, “No, no, no!” But the mayor wasn’t having it, answering back, “Yes, yes, yes.”

The Tribune said thousands were livestreaming the news conference or watching news station broadcasts online.


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What happened next?

The demonstrators were eventually led out of the room, the paper said — and sounds of repeated coughing were heard soon after the exchange between Wheeler and the woman activist.

From now on such press events will be closed to the public, the Tribune reported.

“Disruptive and threatening behavior is harmful, counterproductive, and could be criminal,” County spokeswoman Julie Sullivan-Springhetti added to the paper. “Threatening to give people COVID and then repeatedly coughing in the face of a young security guard and reporters who have to show up to do their job is shocking and unacceptable.”

(H/T: Andy Ngo)

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