It turns out that working for an increasingly-unpopular regime comes with a few drawbacks.
Members of the Trump administration have been confronted in public by constituents with accruing regularity, and many of the encounters have gone viral in recent weeks. Stephen Miller was castigated in the street by an angry bartender, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was chanted at in a Mexican restaurant, and former EPA Chief Scott Pruitt was confronted during lunch one day and politely told to resign (which, miraculously, he did).
For the second time in several weeks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was faced with an angry group protesting recent immigration issues. As McConnell and several other men left the Bristol Bar & Grille in Louisville, Kentucky, a group of protestors from Louisville’s Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) chapter followed McConnell to his car, chanting “Vote you out” and “Abolish ICE.”
“What are you doing to get the babies back?” one protester asked McConnell in a video of the encounter.
“Turtle-head!” yelled another. (Which, you have to give them credit, is a shockingly accurate insult.)
While many continue to call for “civility” when dealing with members of the Trump administration, the left isn’t feeling too sympathetic about inconveniencing the same people who help to implement problematic and offensive policies on a regular basis.
Mitch McConnell works tirelessly to undermine my constitutional right to privacy, he can take a public shaming after a round of green chili wontons. https://t.co/xNvHJxz2lg
— Erin Keane (@eekshecried) July 9, 2018
— Steve Bannon is getting protested at book stores.
— Mitch McConnell is getting protested in his hometown.
— Stephen Miller, Kirstjen Nielsen and Sarah Sanders are getting protested at restaurants.
No matter how hard Trump and the GOP try, most Americans don’t like FASCISTS.
— Ryan Knight ? (@ProudResister) July 8, 2018
Some dude called Mitch McConnell a turtle head bitch as he was leaving a restaurant and I can’t stop laughing.
— Denizcan Grimes (@MrFilmkritik) July 8, 2018
While this behavior undoubtedly sets up a problematic precedence in the event that a Democrat should become president, it’s also hard to argue against the public’s constitutional right to express their dissent — because obviously, voting only goes so far, especially when it comes to protesting members of Trump’s cabinet.
Trump, of course, manages to avoid these uncomfortable confrontations by exclusively patronizing establishments that he owns.