On those rare occasions when the press exerts itself, action is met by an equal and opposite reaction:
After a visit by Attorney General Eric Holder to the Justice Department Voting Section yesterday, a reporter attempting to ask Holder questions about the visit was threatened by one of Holder’s bodyguards. Holder was visiting the Voting Section of the DOJ to pose for photographs with the attorneys who will be enforcing federal election law over the last two weeks of the presidential campaign.
The photos are expected to be delivered to the staff with a personalized note from the attorney general.
“Mr. Attorney General, do you think is appropriate to be taking pictures with DOJ lawyers who will be enforcing election laws during President Obama’s reelection?” Schoffstall asks Holder, who was just inches away. “Do you think that is appropriate Mr. Holder?”
After Schoffstall’s questions are ignored, and Holder is in the SUV, an unidentified uniformed security officer in Holder’s detail aggressively confronts and threatens Schoffstall.
“Hey sir, they gonna be nice to you, I’m not,” says the officer, as he shunts Schoffstalll backwards across the public sidewalk on G Street.
“This is a public sidewalk,” Schoffstall insists. After shunting Schoffstall backwards off the sidewalk, the officer says, “It’s not a public sidewalk now; you’re standing on federal government property.”
As you can see from all the passersby in the video, it is clearly a public sidewalk. And why the AG is rallying the troops is a good question!
I don’t begrudge bodyguards keeping their charges safe—which is what the suits were doing. The goon who threatened the reporter went way beyond that.
No wonder Holder saw nothing wrong with the Black Panthers engaging in voter intimidation in 2008.