UPDATE: After facing cries from protesters at a parking lot outside of a restaurant on Saturday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was met with chants of “no justice, no peace” at another restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, on Sunday.
The incident happened when a trivia host at Four Pegs told the bar’s patrons that the senator was at the restaurant across the street. The host then used his speaker to protest McConnell, which was met with shouting from the restaurant’s chefs.
According to The Associated Press, Occupy ICE members also confronted McConnell at the time of the incident.
The Kentucky senator eventually left the restaurant after being fed up with the protest.
While injustice at the border continues and separated families aren’t reunited, it’s hard to see an end to this type of activism targeting lawmakers and President Donald Trump administration officials.
The encounter took place outside Louisville’s Bristol Bar & Grille, where a group hurled personal and political insults at McConnell – with some chanting "vote you out!" and "abolish ICE!” while others threatening to pay a visit to his humble abode.
“We know where you live, Mitch!” shouted one protester. “We know where you live!”
The altercation was captured by one of the demonstrators and was later posted online by the Courier-Journal.
“Where are the children? Where are the babies, Mitch? What are you doing to get the babies back?" someone could be heard asking in the video clip — an apparent reference to the thousands of children separated from their parents at the U.S. border.
It was for the second time in two weeks that the Republican senator’s seemingly casual day was disrupted by a spontaneous protest— and it was the latest in line of confrontations between the prominent officials of Trump administration and activists who no longer shy away from shaming these politicians for being a complicit in bringing about the ongoing migrants crisis.
Predictably, McConnell’s dining companion, Kentucky politician Jonathan Shell, wasn’t too pleased by the impromptu protest and referred to the protesters as “a small group of extremists.”
When the senator walked away from the group and got into a vehicle, one man shouted “We know where you live, Mitch.” Shell blasted the protester for his remark, calling it a “not-so-subtle threat right out of the Maxine Waters playbook.” He was referring to the House Democrat who urged the public to confront officials from the Trump administration whenever they see them in public spaces.
As of yet, McConnell hasn’t commented on the incident. However, his spokesman David Popp wrote to The Washington Post, “If the Leader comments on being called a fascist and a supporter of ICE by a small handful of extremist protesters then I will let you know.”
Just few miles away from the restaurant, hundreds of people, associated with Occupy ICE, were protesting outside Louisville’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office.
The Occupy movement has helped the world to focus on social inequality. This time, it came together again to tell Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) they are no longer needed.
Just a couple of weeks ago, the activists showed up at ICE facilities across the country to rally against President Donald Trump’s family separation policy.
Amongst the protesters outside Louisville’s ICE office were leaders of the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, who reportedly spread the word about McConnell being at a restaurant nearby.
Alert! Mitch McConnell just (12 noon) walked into the Bristol on Bardstown Rd. Show up? Help?— Dianna Ott (@diannao) July 7, 2018
Just a few weeks ago, McConnell was accosted in public by a small group of Georgetown students over his support for the notorious “zero-tolerance” policy. However, at the time, his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, sprang to the senator’s defense by asking the furious activists to “leave my husband alone.”
That face-off was also caught on camera.
We confronted @SenateMajLdr and @SecElaineChao with @ProPublica audio of children separated from their families at the border while leaving a @Georgetown event. We must #AbolishICE& #AbolishCBP! #FreedomforImmigrantspic.twitter.com/ljv70F3F0L— Roberto (@RobertoChicanX) June 26, 2018
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