Proof that political tension in the United States is still at a record high: On Thursday, a man was booted from a JetBlue flight at JFK for making a scene in front of Ivanka Trump, Jezebel reports.
President-elect Donald Trump's daughter and chairwoman of the Trump Organization was allegedly flying coach with her family, which is, to say the least, puzzling.
At the time, Hunter College professor Matthew Lasner was with his husband at the airport. Lasner and his husband spotted Ivanka, and Lasner tweeted (since deleted) that his partner was on a mission to heckle her.
He wrote, "Ivanka and Jared at JFK T5, flying commercial. My husband chasing them down to harass them. #banalityofevil"
According to TMZ, the couple ended up on the same flight as Ivanka, who was with her kids. Lasner's husband, who was holding his child, shouted, "Your father is ruining the country. Why is she on our flight? She should be flying private."
Ivanka, for her part, attempted to divert her kids from the harassment with crayons.
Eventually, he and Lasner were escorted from the flight. After the incident, JetBlue released a statement:
"The decision to remove a customer from a flight is not taken lightly. If the crew determines that a customer is causing conflict on the aircraft, the customer will be asked to deplane, especially if the crew feels the situation runs the risk of escalation during flight. Our team worked to re-accommodate the party on the next available flight."
Interestingly, NBC reports that Lasner tweeted (again, since deleted) that his husband "expressed displeasure in a calm tone" before they were removed.
While we understand the anger directed toward the Trump administration — there is, after all, a lot to be angry about — we'd never condone harassment in any form. What good is stooping to Trump's level? In the words of Michelle Obama, when they go low, we go high.
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