Elaine Chao Yells At Immigration Protesters Heckling Husband Mitch McConnell
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, were accosted by a group of protesters as they were leaving a dinner at Georgetown University.
The small group of protesters loudly questioned McConnell as he got into a waiting SUV about his support of President Donald Trump‘s administration immigration policies, according to a video a protestor tweeted on Tuesday.
One protestor yelled, “How do you sleep at night?” Another asked why Mr. McConnel was separating families. Mrs. Chao responded, “Why don’t you leave my husband alone?” She added while pointing her finger at the protestors, “He is not. You leave my husband alone!”
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! #FreedomforImmigrants pic.twitter.com/ljv70F3F0L
— Roberto (@Roberto62543651) June 26, 2018
This incident is the latest in a string of occurrences involving members of the Trump administration. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was confronted by protesters at a Mexican restaurant last week.
Last Saturday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, after the owner heard she was dining there. The owner said she felt the restaurant had “certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty and compassion and cooperation.” Shortly after Trump berated the Red Hen Restaurant.
The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018
It also comes just days after Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), praised the “no peace, no sleep” protests and called for stepping up confrontations with Trump officials in public places.
“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up, and if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station,” she told a throng of cheering supporters, “you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”