Hillary Clinton came to Iowa yesterday for the first time since the February 1 caucuses. After visiting the Des Moines t-shirt shop Raygun, she spoke primarily about economic policies to a packed Lincoln High School gymnasium.
During the rally, a woman jumped over the barricade and ran toward the stage. Several Secret Service agents tackled her, while Clinton showed remarkable composure as she kept delivering her stump speech. The protester was apparently representing the "Direct Action Everywhere" community, trying to call attention to "Hillary’s support for Costco and other corporate animal abusers."
As a card-carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union, I support anyone’s right to protest peacefully, to hold up signs, and even to disrupt a political event by shouting taunts or slogans (though heckling’s not my personal style). But rushing the stage is not an acceptable form of protest, especially right after the Republican presidential candidate hinted that "Second Amendment people" might be the only way to stop Clinton from appointing judges to the federal bench.
So I was disturbed last night to see former State Senator Tom Fiegen advocate more barricade jumping at Clinton campaign events.Continue Reading...