Remember when I said that the dangerous milkshake attacks that are all the rage in Britain would make their way across the pond?
Here’s a refresher in case you don’t.
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz was exiting a town hall event at the Brew Ha Ha restaurant in Pensacola Saturday evening. All of a sudden an unhinged Democrat named Amanda Kondrat’yev confronted Gaetz and tossed a drink at him.
Matt Gaetz got milkshaked in Pensacola pic.twitter.com/yqz3bPgjw5
— jordan (@JordanUhl) June 1, 2019
American Leftists, of course, loved the attack as much as their British counterparts.
Better than rotten eggs
— ΞLΞVΞNTH (@3L3V3NTH) June 1, 2019
This is so upsetting.
A perfectly good milkshake wasted on Matty Boy.
Thoughts and Prayers for that milkshake.
— YS (@NYinLA2121) June 2, 2019
Is there a GoFundMe for the alleged milkshakers bail and/or legal defense?
— blinkingsam (@blinkingsam) June 2, 2019
Lactosing the intolerant.
— Eric Reese (@reeseer1) June 1, 2019
Brits started this, glad to see you guys adopting it too! pic.twitter.com/dX0zRSYSn2
— jules (@julesman) June 1, 2019
Matt Gaetz himself responded to last night’s attack in a tweet.
Clearly it takes more than a drink to slow down our great team.
We are always thankful to the brave law enforcement officials who keep everyone safe at our events. https://t.co/njWuBquiRs
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) June 1, 2019
Gaetz’s office also issued a statement on the attack:
All people are invited to participate in our #OpenGaetz town hall events regardless of viewpoint. If anyone assaults anyone else, they can expect to be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law to ensure the security of all law-abiding participants. We continue to express our deep gratitude to the brave law enforcement officials who always keep our events and our community safe.
Amanda Kondrat’yev was arrested at the scene and charged with battery. She was released on $1,000 bond.
The interesting thing about this attack is who Amanda Kondrat’yev is. Unhinged Leftist is obviously a good descriptor, but Kondrat’yev was a political opponent of Matt Gaetz. She ran against him for Florida’s 1st Congressional District back in 2016, however, Kondrat’yev withdrew from the race before the filing deadline.
Amanda Kondrat’yev was also part of a group that sued the city of Pensacola in 2017. Kondrat’yev and the Appignani Humanist Legal Center had sued the city over a cross that had been on display in a public park for over 75 years. A judge had ordered the cross to be taken down, and awarded $1 in damages to each of the plaintiffs.
Many on the Left and the Right consider these “milkshakings” to be of little consequence. The Left views these attacks as an acceptable form of free speech. The Right simply sees milkshake attacks as a childish tantrum from an unhinged mind.
The danger with these milkshake attacks, however, is the effect it has on the targets of the attacks. I’m not talking about physical or emotional damage done to the person who is attacked. A healthy individual is unlikely to be injured by a milkshake being poured on them, although the risk does go up if the milkshake is thrown. It’s also likely that the attacks themselves aren’t terribly upsetting to a mentally healthy individual. Often the result of a milkshake attack is wounded pride and a ruined suit.
Milkshake attacks are a method of dehumanizing a political opponent. People laugh and cheer whenever a right-wing politician is milkshaked. They justify the attack by telling themselves (and everyone else) that the politician that was attacked deserved it. Why? Because they’re an evil Nazi bigot of course. Only evil Nazi bigots get milkshakes thrown at them.
Once someone is able to rationalize throwing a milkshake at an evil person, it becomes much easier for them to rationalize other, more violent acts. What’s to stop the next protester from actually striking Matt Gaetz with a fist or even a weapon? What happens if someone puts something more dangerous than a milkshake in a cup?
Remember the sad story of Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn I detailed in the above video. Leftists protested Pim Fortuyn in much the same manner as today’s Leftists by smearing him with cake. Within a month Pim Fortuyn was dead, gunned down by a crazed Leftist mere days before the election.
Milkshake attacks can and will lead to more serious forms of violence. It’s only a matter of time before these attacks get out of hand. When that happens we will see a right-wing politician severely injured or even killed.
You can quote me on that.