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Protesters Disrupt Moment of Silence For Murder Victims

Do these protesters really believe they are persuading anyone to rethink their views by doing this to Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn? 

When Blackburn began her speech before a crowd of hundreds, she was twice interrupted, resulting in more chants. One woman in a wheelchair was pushed out of the event by Tennessee Republican Party spokeswoman Candice Dawkins. During a moment of silence for the victims of a recent mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, another woman yelled “Marsha Blackburn is a white supremacist.”

Ward Baker, Blackburn’s campaign strategist, said he heard another person who was also removed yell “Impeach Trump.”

As the crowd quieted, Blackburn said, “How despicable that you cannot even have a moment of silence.”

These Trump haters are unable to put away their vitriol — not even to show compassion and sorrow for murder victims. If you don’t agree with the president, explain why. I’ll talk with you about the Trump policies I believe are misguided and wrong, and the policies where he is on track. If you talk rationally, I’ll listen. If you behave like self-absorbed, rude children, I won’t.

Donna Martinez / Senior Writer and Editor

Donna came to the John Locke Foundation in January 2003 after freelance writing for Carolina Journal and contributing to projects for the North Carolina Education Alliance. He...