A Trump-supporting protester was arrested outside an Elizabeth Warren event after allegedly hitting an attendee with a selfie stick. https://t.co/7Sm7IkuONG
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 6, 2019
… As Warren mingled with the overflow crowd outside a roundtable event, witnesses told NBC News the Trump supporter unfurled a Trump banner and began yelling, which led to an altercation with other attendees. When one man tried to pull down the banner, witnesses said the Trump supporter struck the man on the head with a selfie stick.
The protester, whom police identified as a 58-year-old Minnesota native, was quickly handcuffed. He yelled “Trump 2020!” before being placed in the back of a police car and taken to the county jail.
“Police observed a person, who was in the overflow crowd outside of the facility, allegedly become very vocal while Senator Warren was outside greeting the attendees,” the Storm Lake Police Department said in a statement, adding that he “became aggressive and attempted to assault others in the crowd.”
He was was charged with disorderly conduct, a simple misdemeanor, and held on a $300 bond, the statement added…
*Yes, I realize Gov. Walker is not actually from Minnesota. It’s a Midwestern joke, on the familiar theme that a Wisconsinite facing public embarrassment might pretend to be from a neighboring state, since all those flyover places look alike to the MSM.
Warren: “There are 7 million people in the United States with hearing loss.”
Man in crowd: “What?!”
— Kevin Robillard (@Robillard) January 5, 2019
But seriously… Per Dave Weigel, at the Washington Post:
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The first question on the first full day of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Iowa presidential campaign swing was the one her political opponents craved. It came not from a reporter, or a heckler, but from an attendee among those packed into Sioux City’s Orpheum Theatre on Saturday who, like everyone else, had gotten a ticket that allowed her to ask the senator anything.
“Why did you undergo the DNA testing and give Donald more fodder to be a bully?” she asked.
There was a sound of muttering from the audience of 575 voters, and Warren let out a sigh. “Yeah, well,” she said. “I’m glad you asked that question. I genuinely am. I’m glad for us to have a chance to talk about it.”…
“I am not a person of color; I am not a citizen of a tribe,” she said. “Tribal citizenship is very different from ancestry. Tribes, and only tribes, determine tribal citizenship, and I respect that difference. I grew up in Oklahoma, and like a lot of folks in Oklahoma, we heard stories about our ancestry. When I first ran for public office, Republicans homed in on this part of my history, and thought they could make a lot of hay out of it. A lot of racial slurs, and a lot of ugly stuff. And so my decision was: I’m just gonna put it all out there. Took a while, but just put it all out there.”
Warren, who has not otherwise mentioned the president by name on this trip, added that she could “not stop Donald Trump from what he’s gonna do,” including “hurling racial insults.”
“Yes, you can!” shouted Glenda Verhoeven, a 63-year old farmer in the audience. Afterward, Verhoeven explained that she thought Trump had revealed just how nervous Warren made him: “She already knows the enemy, and he knows her.”
The ancestry question was absent from Warren’s Friday-night town hall at a packed venue in Council Bluffs, and from a policy-heavy roundtable in Storm Lake on Saturday…
It’s not surprising that people coming out to listen to a candidate would be sympathetic to that candidate’s explanations. But since the Media Village Idiots are never gonna let go of the DNA Test Clouds Warren’s Campaign trope, good on her for getting a sensible story out there sooner rather than later.
And we're out. Warren's walk-off music: Aretha Franklin, "R-E-S-P-E-C-T."
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) January 6, 2019
Why Steve King is getting his dress sheets in a bunch:
Not only is Sen. Warren keeping up talk of black white/wealth inequality during Iowa tour of very white audiences, but it's an applause line? At multiple stops, when she mentions unique challenges minorities face and black homeownership stats, crowd ooohs and ahhs and gasps
— Steadman (@AsteadWesley) January 6, 2019
It’s a bold statement, Cotton. Let’s see if it works out.
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) January 5, 2019
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) January 5, 2019