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Florida AG Bondi Says She Won't Be Bullied After Theater Protests

Florida AG Bondi Says She Won't Be Bullied After Theater Protests
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

By    |   Monday, 25 June 2018 09:27 AM

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who was met with protesters Friday night while she and her boyfriend were out at a Tampa theater to see a documentary about childhood icon Fred Rogers, said Monday she was not going to let bullies control her life.

"My boyfriend and I were getting tickets, it's Mr. Rogers, documentary about anti-bullying and kindness and respecting each other's views," Bondi told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "A woman approaches me in the ticket line and starts screaming that I was personally ripping babies out of the arms of mothers and they were videoing me. I said I'm glad that you were videoing me because I never agreed with separating mothers and babies."

However, according to The Tampa Bay Times the protesters were there to argue about her decision to join in a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act

"What would Mr. Rogers think about you and your legacy in Florida? Taking away health insurance from people with pre-existing conditions, Pam Bondi!" yelled activist Maria José Chapa, a labor organizer, according to the newspaper.

She said she argued with the protesters on the immigration issue, telling them that Congress would have to act on the nation's border policy, "and because I was talking normally to them they didn't know what to do."

"Then three huge guys came up and started, probably an inch from my face screaming at me every word in the book, cursing as loud as they could," said Bondi. "So then a trooper, my trooper came up and my boyfriend and I got our tickets, we are headed in and then they ran in and circled me where I could not get in the theater, they stopped me, so he came up then and stopped them."

Bondi said she and her boyfriend then went into the movie and were confronted again at the concession stand, including with the men taunting her companion to try to get him to throw a punch.

"I kept saying 'this is what they want, they want you to hit them,'" said Bondi. 

She said she was spit on by one of the men, but wasn't sure if it was intentional or because the man was yelling and close to her.

Over the weekend, Rep. Maxine Waters encouraged  Americans to "absolutely harass" White House officials while they are off duty and out in public spaces, and Bondi said such calls are "inciting violence."

"If  she asked people to protest, that's one thing, to continue this, they are inciting violence," said Bondi. "It's not just yelling at someone and cursing in a public place, they they were trying to create a fight. We went into the movie and I said I am not going to leave, by then there were marked units, you want to go out the back door and I said, no, no way. We are not going to bullied."

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who was met with protesters Friday night while she and her boyfriend were out at a Tampa theater to see a documentary about childhood icon Fred Rogers, said Monday she was not going to let bullies control her life.
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