Update 2: Gregory Fournier, a Florida businessman heavily involved in Republican politics, also captured a video of the protest. He found it “real disturbing” that the protest “occurred in the Medal of Honor recipient section.”
Update 3: In addition to ruining the moment of Trump’s inauguration for Medal-of-Honor recipients (documented in video below), in a separate incident leftist protesters physically assaulted the SISTER and WIDOW of slain Medal-of-Honor recipients Brendan Looney and Travis Manion), while they were entering an event which included a tribute to their fallen family members.
Brendan and Travis were roommates at the U.S. Naval Academy.
They made the ultimate sacrifice. They are buried next to each other in Arlington National Cemetery.
But radical leftists truly have no decency. The hatred in their hears is so intense that they couldn’t permit the widow and sister of Brendan and Travis to peacefully enter, unmolested, an event featuring a tribute to Medal-of-Honor recipients.
We were pushed by a man in a mask hiding his face. Our clothes were drawn on with permanent marker by other “protesters.” And we were called the most vile names I have ever heard as we entered and exited the venue.
But rather than focusing on the negative, Ryan is hoping to use this incident to help move our country past division, toward greater unity. She closes her essay with this appeal:
I believe this ugly incident involving Amy and me is one of those teachable moments that our entire country can learn from. The character of this country is, at the end of the day, defined by our differences. I have friends who I love dearly on both sides of the political aisle. Let’s celebrate the differences that not only define us, but define what makes the United States of America the greatest country in the world.
Join our movement — united, with respect for all, let’s redefine America’s national character.
Update 4: Gateway Pundit (Jim Hoft) has now covered the attack on Amy Looney and Ryan Manion: “DC MOB Assaulted the SISTER and WIFE of Slain Medal-of-Honor Winners, Entering Event to Honor Them.”
Update 5: The Philadelphia Fox affiliate now has this video report on Amy Looney and Ryan Manion: “Gold Star family members say they were assaulted by mob outside Inaugural Ball.” It includes these quotes from Ryan Manion:
As soon as we started walking they all turned to us and converged on us and got in our faces were screaming really vile obscenities in our faces. . . . The thing we couldn’t believe was the hate in these people’s eyes. They were looking at us with such hatred . . . . A man came up [–] he’s wearing a mask and he kind of chest bumped me from the back and I banged into Amy and then a group of women came up and got right in our faces and started screaming obscenities not just in our face but a little boy that was walking by with his grandmother. They crouched down and got right in his face.
Update 6 (Jan. 24): It turns out that there were five, not just two, protesters involved, according to an article published today by JD Davids, managing editor of TheBody.com: “People With HIV Infiltrate Trump Inauguration, Causing Disruptions During Oath of Office.”All are members of a new group, “Rise and Resist.” The protest plan was launched when “a person came to the group’s weekly meeting with a handful of tickets for the inauguration and offered them to those ready to take action.”
On his Facebook page, protest leader Mark Milano brags at length about his stunt and confirms this blogger’s supposition that the point of the protest was to impact the historical record of the event: “It’s good to know that whenever anyone hears his oath of office, they will also hear my whistle!” Milano also identifies his main co-conspirator (seen on the video), Maryellen Novak. (Others involved, according to Davids, were Tim Murphy, Benjamin Shepard, and Anya Meksin.) Here’s a photo of Milano and Novak:
Update 7 (Jan. 25): The assault on Amy Looney and Ryan Manion has now been covered by Fox News (h/t Military Times‘s Early Bird Brief). Other coverage: Fox Business Network; Bucks County Courier News; The Intelligencier; and Independent Journal Review.
Update 8 (Feb. 1): The hero of the moment has been named — he is Sgt. Brian McKinney (who, it seems, will stop at nothing to get his man), featured in a story by John Embry, in BeechTreeNews (of Morgantown, KY): “Local KSP Trooper Keeps the Peace During Presidential Inauguration.” The article includes this wonderful photo of McKinney and the Medal-of-Honor recipient he was accompanying to the inauguration, Staff Sgt. Don Jenkins:
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While Donald Trump was being sworn in as President, as part of a leftist protest a whistle was blown repeatedly, near the front of yellow seating section 15.
It was so loud the sound was picked up by the podium microphone and broadcast worldwide. The repeated whistling can be clearly heard on television broadcasts of Donald Trump taking the oath of office, for example this ABC News broadcast.
Why was the whistle blown? The liberal mass media haven’t reported on it, even though it was the only inauguration protest near enough, and loud enough, to go down in history as part of the swearing in.
But Badger Pundit has obtained two videos showing exactly what happened.
One video was shot by a Wisconsin native. The other video was shot by Dave Sherrill (website, Facebook, YouTube), from Virginia, who reports on Facebook that the protesters “were swarmed and buried so fast by the Capitol cops and Secret Service . . . .” Also, Dave notes: “These people did this in the midst of the Medal of Honor winners section. Those old boys were ready to jump back into action.”
Subsequently Dave has elaborated (in e-mails to this blogger) that a key figure in subduing and ejecting the protesters was a Kentucky state trooper (see YouTube thumbnail image, below) who was escorting Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Don Jenkins. The trooper “can be seen subduing the yelling man while a Capitol Policeman restrains the woman as she sits on her knees. The man fought and struggled pretty hard on the ground.”
(If a comment on this video is credited, purportedly made by the man’s brother, the man’s name is Mark Milano. The brother brags: “five cops had to rush in to bring him down, and he still kept whistling.” Mark Milano is the leftist who recently staged a “cough in” at a Trump restaurant in Manhattan; video here.)
One suspects that the protesters are lucky the law enforcement officers got to them before the Medal of Honor winners did!
Here (and embedded at the top of this post) is the compilation video. Credits are set out in the YouTube notes.