"You know how liberals are going to solve the Republican problem?" a 59-year-old man named Mark Prichard asked staffers at GOP Senator Jeff Flake's office in Arizona. "They are going to get better aim. That last guy tried, but he needed better aim. We will get better aim."
Prichard, of course, was referring to the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise at the Congressional baseball game in June. Sen. Flake was actually in Alexandria, Virginia at that game when the shooting broke out. Scalise and four other people were hit by James T. Hodgkinson, before Capitol Police stopped him.
Police promptly arrested Prichard on Thursday. According to Fox News, Prichard had company in the paddy wagon:
Prichard was among a group of protesters at Flake's office on Thursday. He was charged with criminal trespassing as well as threats and intimidation after staffers in Flake’s district office called authorities. Pima County authorities also arrested 70-year-old protester Patrick Diehl for criminal trespass in the 3rd degree after he allegedly attempted to force his way into Flake’s office.
Both Diehl and Prichard were transported to the Pima County Adult Detention Complex. According to the sheriff’s office, the remaining protesters were allowed to be on the property five at a time from that point forward, and “the remaining protest time was peaceful.”
Oh, but the sheriff's office shared an interesting detail about the whole incident:
“The Pima County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind everyone that Sen. Flake’s office is not public property, but is rented space in a privately owned business area.”
That's just like America. People threaten someone's life, but the police officers and the politicians respect the First Amendment rights of the peaceful protesters enough not to shut the whole thing down.
Maybe Democrats can learn to let people believe differently than they do without trying to murder them? That would be the tolerant, inclusive way, wouldn't it?