A Window into the Philosophy of the Trump Administration
Free speech is one thing, and maybe the most important thing that separates free societies from totalitarian societies. So it is not hard to imagine which way America is moving when it turns out a woman is being prosecuted for laughing during the confirmation hear of Jeff Sessions.
WASHINGTON ― The U.S. Capitol Police officer who decided to arrest an activist because she briefly laughed during Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing in January is a rookie cop who had never conducted an arrest before nor worked at a congressional hearing. Nevertheless, prosecutors persisted this week in pursuing charges against the 61-year-old woman the rookie had taken into custody.
So what was she laughing about? Well this.
Katherine Coronado of the U.S. Capitol Police was in her second week on the job when she was assigned to keep watch over Sessions’ confirmation hearing on Jan. 10. Coronado was involved in the arrest of Desiree Fairooz, an activist affiliated with the group Code Pink, after Fairooz laughed when Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said that Sessions’ record of “treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented.”
Come on, admit it. No one could keep a straight face hearing that.
Update: The woman was convicted and now faces a fine or jail. Hopefully this injustice will be corrected on appeal. Besides, the jails and prisons are not large enough to hold all the people who are laughing at Jeff Sessions.