In a victim statement Rep. Matt Gaetz is calling for Amanda Kondrat’yev, the woman who threw a drink at him to serve prison time to show assault should not be tolerated.
Kondrat’yev, 35, was charged with battery after she threw a milkshake at Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida outside of a town hall event in Pensacola on June 1, 2019. The incident was captured on video.
Per The Hill, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) this week asked a federal court to sentence a women who threw a drink at him to prison to send a message that “free speech is welcome, but assault will not be tolerated.”
Gaetz’s office on Wednesday provided The Pensacola News Journal with a copy of the victim impact statement the congressman sent regarding Amanda Kondrat’yev’s sentencing on Monday.
“I ask the court to sentence the Defendant to some time of incarceration,” the letter reads. “Constituents deserve to be safe at events hosted by our congressional office. My staff deserves to be safe. Their families and mine shouldn’t have to worry that while federal officials are doing their jobs, we are at risk of assault.”
The Republican lawmaker later added that his supporters as “just as passionate as my opponents.”
“They have the capability to be violent, too. My efforts to ensure ALL participants remain nonviolent are undermined greatly by the Defendant’s actions,” he wrote. “Only incarceration allows me to reinforce to my supporters and opponents alike that Free Speech is welcomed – but assault will not be tolerated.
“If the defendant is not subject to some incarceration, then word will be out that a first assault is functionally ‘free,’” he concluded. “This will make my events, my staff and my constituents less safe.”
Gaetz told the outlet that he was not insinuating in his statement that his supporters would become violent if Kondrat’yev is not sentenced to prison.
“My supporters have never been violent to anyone,” he told The News Journal.
This article first appeared on TheConservativeOpinion.com