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O'Malley Confronts Trump Official Over Child Separation

In a crowded bar, former Governor said we all have an obligation to speak up and call-it like it is

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Dec 02, 2019

Bars across the country were packed on Wednesday as revelers met up with old friends and threw back a few drinks to kick off the Thanksgiving holiday. At The Dubliner in Washington DC, the bar was filled with alumni of Gonzaga High School, an elite college preparatory school in the DC region.

Attendees at the alumni event included former Maryland Governor and Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, as well as Trump’s acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security and former Virginia Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli. O’Malley is a strong liberal, while Cuccinelli has built a reputation for being a hardcore conservative. Cuccinelli has even been referred to as a white supremacist by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

When Cuccinelli walked into The Dubliner, it was guaranteed that sparks were going to fly. According to the Washington Post, when O’Malley saw him, he made a beeline over to the Trump official to let him know what he thought of his and his boss's policies, specifically on immigration. O'Malley "unloaded his frustration at the Trump administration's separation of migrant children from their parents and detention of immigrants in chain-link enclosures at the southern U.S. border."

According to eyewitnesses, the two men were face to face as O’Malley dressed down Cuccinelli. The former Governor could be heard yelling that the Jesuits of Gonzaga didn’t teach them to put refugee immigrant kids in cages. O’Malley also was heard calling out Cuccinelli’s Grandparents. He would later confirm that he referred to Cuccinelli as "the son of immigrant grandparents who cages children for a fascist president.”

The confrontation got heated as both allege that the other bumped chests and got into each other’s face. O’Malley reportedly asked Cuccinelli “What is it, Ken? You want to take a swing?” Ken did not and instead ran away, leaving the bar and refusing to defend himself or the Trump’s administration’s policy on locking up immigrant children in detention camps. O’Malley was reportedly so worked up that a vein was bulging in his neck. Cuccinelli also claims that one or two other people in the bar were also cursing at him over his policies.

In an interview with Salon, O’Malley defended his actions. "I think silence in the face of the cruelty of caging children on our southern border is irresponsible," O'Malley said. "We cannot be silent in the face of this. The biggest threat to our American freedom is not dictatorship. It's our own public passivity and acceptance of cruelty and institutional violence practiced in our name and with our permission. We all have an obligation to speak out, to call it like it is."

Check out Martin O’Malley’s new book: Smarter Government: How to Govern for Results in the Information Age.

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