Witness, Siobhan Houton Arnold told the Washington Post that O’Malley was “shouting” at Cuccinelli over the Trump Administration’s handling of immigrant children at the U.S. border.
Arnold said to the Post. ““O’Malley was shouting. I don’t think Cuccinelli was responding. I think he’s like, ‘Time to go. Just got here and I’m leaving.’”
Cuccinelli responded to O’Malley’s outburst, telling Fox News, “As I walked up to one of the bars among several in The Dubliner to order my Guinness, I heard screaming and cussing behind me to my left, which I did not immediately take notice of other than the fact that it was louder than everything else in the pub.”
He continued, “When I turned to look I saw O’Malley and he was obviously screaming at me. For a moment I thought he was trying to be funny, as we’ve met before, which I thought was strange. It was immediately clear that he was cursing and screaming for real, to the point of veins bulging on his neck.”
Cuccinelli noted that O’Malley inspired some of his friends to join in the verbal assault.
“[A]t which point O’Malley pushed his way through the small group to confront me face to face, still cursing me, the President, and my Italian ancestry and he got right up in my face, bumped up against me and invited me to take a swing at him,” he said. “At which point I said ‘Martin, one of us has to rise above this, and it’s obviously not going to be you.’”
Cuccinelli said that while he was surprised by O’Malley’s behavior, he learned from others who have known him for years that “while his behavior was shocking, it was not new to them.”
O’Malley texted the Washington Post, insisting he did not yell at Cuccinelli and simply raised his voice so he could be heard.
“We all let him know how we felt about him putting refugee immigrant kids in cages – certainly not what we were taught by the Jesuits at Gonzaga,” O’Malley wrote and called Cuccinelli “the son of immigrant grandparents who cages children for a fascist president.”
O’Malley’s outrage over “immigrant kids in cages” is misguided considering the migrant cages were built by the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration.
Don’t take our word for it–even liberal “fact-checking” website, Snopes, can’t hide the fact that the Obama Administration began putting children in cages.
“Images of children behind chain-link fencing were widely seen at a site in McAllen, Texas, that had been converted from a warehouse to an immigrant-detention facility in 2014,” writes Snopes. “Social media users who defended Trump’s immigration policies also shared a 2014 image of Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson touring a facility in Nogales, Arizona, in 2014, in which the fencing could be seen surrounding migrants there, too. That image was taken during a spike in the number of unaccompanied children fleeing violence in Central American countries.”
As Fox News points out, Cuccinelli is hardly the first Trump official to be publicly harassed.
“Former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was repeatedly heckled for her role in the administration, and was forced, last year, to cut a working dinner short at a Mexican restaurant in Washington after protesters harassed her, shouting “shame!” Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was also forced to leave a Virginia restaurant during the same time period. Those incidents took place after Trump signed an executive order to stop the administration’s controversial family separation policy.”