'Mr. President, F*%k You!': Hassan's Intern Gets Slap on Wrist but Others Not so Lucky
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A congressional intern who yelled profanity at President Donald Trump has been identified as an employee of U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan — and will continue to be.
The intern, identified as Caitlin Marriott, 21, was recorded last week by Fox News congressional reporter, Chad Pergram.
Congressional aide or intern yells “Mr President, f*%k you!” from across the Capitol Rotunda as he walks to the Speaker’s office before mtg with House GOPers on immigration. Gets attention of USCP/Secret Service pic.twitter.com/5Uarw4FTsw— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 19, 2018
It wasn't until days later that she was publicly identified.
Congressional authorities were finally able to identifiy Hassan intern Marriott after she cursed at Trump and speak with her to determine if she posed a threat. Marriott left where she heckled Trump, forcing US Capitol Police to put out a “be on the lookout” over their radios— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 26, 2018
Hassan's Director of Communications, Aaron Jacobs, acknowledged Marriott works for the Democratic senator from New Hampshire.
Photo courtesy: Caitlin Marriott by Collette Kulig
"We are aware of the situation and have taken disciplinary action, including a one week suspension and revoking her congressional intern ID badge," he said in a statement to Fox News.
From Aaron Jacobs, spox for Dem NH Sen Hassan on intern Caitlin Marriott who heckled Trump: “We are aware of the situation &’have taken disciplinary action, including a 1-wk suspension and revoking her Congressional intern ID badge (thereby restricting her access to the Capitol)”— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 26, 2018
But some question if a week's suspension is enough.
How the heck does this behavior NOT get you terminated as an intern?— Jim Stinson (@jimstinson) June 26, 2018
Any intern who would shout that at any president should be fired.— Stan Seymour (@slstwit) June 26, 2018
Gov. Chris Sununu said Tuesday if it had been one of his staff members, they would be "terminated." (Watch the video above for his full comments.)
Others are praising Marriott. New Hampshire state representative Sherry Frost, D-Dover, who is an outspoken critic of the president on Twitter, pointed out President Trump said distasteful things in the past:
Uh, huh. pic.twitter.com/ECmvbt9K9a— Sherry Frost (@frostnhstaterep) June 26, 2018
Please. “Move on her like a bitch”? “Treat (women) like shit”? “I did try to fuck her”? “Grab em by the pussy”? No one is under any obligation to be polite to this man.— Sherry Frost (@frostnhstaterep) June 26, 2018
Frost herself came under fire in 2017 for using language others thought was inappropriate on Twitter.
With the current political climate, civility is in short supply and this is certainly not the first time both Republicans and Democrats have fired off insults and vitriol.
The suspension comes a month after TV star Roseanne was fired for an inappropriate tweet, reminding us First Amendment rights and the repercussions of speaking your mind are two very different things.
Earlier this month, former Trump adviser and New Hampshire resident Corey Lewandowski, made headlines during a segment on Fox News with Democratic strategist Zac Petkanas. Lewandowski replied to Petkanas' commentary about a 10-year-old Down syndrome girl being separated from her mother under the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy for illegal immigrant families, with a "womp, womp." Lewandowski refused to apologize and subsequently was dropped by Leading Authorities Inc., a speakers bureau based in Washington D.C. Lewandowski has a history of behavior that has landed him in trouble, including butt grabbing accusations and assault charges that later were dropped.
NO SOUP FOR YOU
Even more recently, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was kicked out of a Virginia restaurant after senior Democratic Representative from California, Maxine Waters told supporters at a rally in Los Angeles last weekend, "If you see anybody from that (Trump) Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere."
Maxine Waters calls for attacks on Trump administration: "If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere." pic.twitter.com/jMV7wk48wM— Ryan Saavedra ?? (@RealSaavedra) June 24, 2018
President Trump took to Twitter to call Waters out on her comments Monday.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nancy Pelosi, the Face of the Democrat Party. She has just called for harm to supporters, of which there are many, of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018
YOUR PAST WILL COME BACK TO HAUNT YOU
Now that social media has been around for awhile, it may be hard to remember what you put out to the universe a decade ago or more in a Facebook rant or a Twitter storm. But, rest assured, if you are in the political arena, someone will find it.
In 2015, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump fired a top staffer for a racially charged Facebook post he wrote almost a decade before. Sam Nunberg, a Trump political adviser, was let go after it was uncovered he posted on Facebook back in 2007, “Meeting Rev Sharpton today, no joke – he will tell him that his daughter is N---!”
Does the punishment fit the crime? Should Hassan's intern be fired?