In a bold move, Rep. Matt Gaetz has announced that he will be pressing charges against the liberal woman who threw a milkshake at him.
Incredibly, this woman turned out to be one of his vanquished 2016 election opponents.
Publications like VICE have been covering the protest of throwing milkshakes at conservatives, which stared in England.
“Milkshaking”—quite literally, the practice of chucking milkshakes at and, ideally, on famous far-right figures when they slither into public places—is the latest trend that’s swept the young anti-fascist players of the British left. It started with Stephen “Tommy Robinson” Yaxley-Lennon, the former leader of the English Defense League, who has had milkshakes thrown on him by anti-racist protestors on multiple occasions. Alt-right UKIP politician Carl Benjamin—best known for disgusting comments he made about raping a female member of Parliament—has been milkshaked four times this month. Now, Nigel Faragehas joined the rogue’s gallery of milky (and eggy) far-right knobheads who have been utterly and completely owned by people willing to give up their precious cups of blended ice cream for the cause.
Matt Gaetz got milkshaked in Pensacola pic.twitter.com/yqz3bPgjw5
— jordan (@JordanUhl) June 1, 2019
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) will press charges against the woman who allegedly splashed a beverage on him earlier June.
The June 1st incident occurred following a town hall held by Gaetz at the Brew Ha Ha restaurant in Pensacola, Florida. A video clip shared to social media shows Amanda Kondrat’yev, a Democrat who once challenged the Florida Republican for his congressional seat, allegedly tossing a drink at his chest.
According to the Pensacola News Journal, Kondrat’yev was taken into police custody after the incident and was later released on a $1,000 bond.
“I had a circumstance just a few weeks ago where someone threw a drink at me leaving a town hall meeting. I am going to press charges,” Gaetz said during a Wednesday appearance on the Fox News Channel’s Hannity.
“If there are are no consequences laid out then maybe it’s me getting hit with a drink one time, but what if it’s a member of my staff and what if instead of a drink it’s acid or urine?” the Trump ally continued. “I think it’s really important to send a message that we as conservatives have a right to our views — just like anybody else.”
Kondrat’yev not only has a history of targeting Gaetz, but is known in Pensacola for filing a lawsuit against Pensacola in a bid to have the city remove a Bayview Park cross. Pensacola News Journal previously reports the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center and the Freedom From Religion Foundation sued the city on behalf of Kondra’yev and several other Pensacola residents.
Gaetz offered to debate Kondrat’yev about the cross — an offer she accepted, but the planned face-off fell through.
The incident came after a wave of “milkshake” assaults on pro-Brexit candidates, including Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, during the E.U. elections in Britain.