Liberal protester arrested at Sen. Flake’s office: We’re going to ‘solve’ GOP ‘problem’ with ‘better aim’

On Thursday, a liberal protester was arrested at a protest held at Republican Sen. Jeff Flake’s Tucson office after telling Jason Samuels, Flake’s communications director, that liberals would “solve” the Republican “problem” by “getting better aim,” KVOA reported.

A press release issued Wednesday by the Tucson Chapter of Progressive Democrats of America said that dozens of people planned a sit-in at Flake’s office to demand that he vote “No” on the Better Care Reconciliation Act.

According to Sarah Sanchez, the release read, “Protesters to Risk Arrest in Sen. Jeff Flake’s Office to Save Health Care for Millions of Americans.”

Samuels said the exchange with the protester went something like this:

Is America headed for a recession?

Protester: You know how liberals are going to solve the Republican problem?

Staffer: No.

Protester: They are going to get better aim.  That last guy tried, but he needed better aim.  We will get better aim.

The Washington Free Beacon noted:

The man was likely referencing last month’s shooting in Alexandria, Va. A supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) who said he hated Republicans opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball team practice, shooting five people including House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.).

Flake was among the people on the field, but he was not shot.

The Washington Examiner further said that Flake was one of the first people to tend to Scalise after he was shot.  And let’s not forget that Scalise was shot by a crazed liberal supporter of Bernie Sanders who was found with a list of several conservative Republican House members.

But hey, love trumps hate, right?

It’s quite telling that liberals think Republicans are such a problem that they think the only way to deal with them is murder instead of the ballot box.

The Arizona Republic said five others were arrested at Flake’s Phoenix office for trespassing after they took over his conference room and office lobby, demanding he vote against the measure intended to replace Obamacare.

According to the Arizona Republic:

As of midday, about 15 people with signs with messages such as “Don’t Kill 22 million + Americans” and “Cuts to Medicaid = Death” were holding a sit-in in the lobby of Flake’s Phoenix office at 2200 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix.

The activists had said they intended to stay until they had secured Flake’s “no” vote on the bill. A Facebook video shows police entering the conference room as the activists chant, “I’d rather go to jail than to die without Medicaid.”

“Five people were cited for trespassing after they refused to leave the building after closing at 5:00 p.m.,” Sgt. Jonathan Howard, a Phoenix Police Department spokesman, wrote in an email to The Arizona Republic.

Fifteen others voluntarily left and were not cited, the report said.

Flake has not said how he intends to vote on the measure but offered a written statement to the protesters.

“While I have not yet seen a revised version of the bill I can say my decision will be based on how it balances two principles,” he said. “The first is that the legislation needs to ensure that those who currently have coverage do not have the rug pulled out from under them. The second is that the Senate must agree on a solution that is fiscally sustainable. I would like to personally thank you all for coming in and sharing your stories, and I will be sure to keep your comments in mind as I evaluate the bill.”

He also spoke to the office invaders by telephone for about 30 minutes but that did not satisfy the protesters.

The man arrested for a misdemeanor charge of threats and intimidation was identified as 59-year-old Mark Prichard.  Additionally, he faces a charge of third-degree criminal trespass along with Patrick Diehl, who was also arrested at the Tucson office.

“Staffers working at the office indicated one of the protesters had made comments referencing the shooting of Rep. Scalise, which prompted them to call the Sheriff’s Department as well as lock the office doors,” the Pima County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

Deputy Cody Gress, spokesman for the PCSD, said Prichard was told he wasn’t allowed back on the property and was arrested after he “made a point to step back onto the property.”

Exit question: How many more Republicans have to get shot before something is done?


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