Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is feeling frosty toward the person who hurled a milkshake at him earlier this month.
Gaetz on Thursday declared via Twitter that he was going to “press charges” against Amanda Leigh Kondrat’yev, the woman who allegedly threw the milkshake. The lawmaker’s tweet included a clip of his Wednesday appearance on Fox News host Sean Hannity’s show, during which Gaetz compared the incident to a cocktail bar employee recently spitting on Eric Trump.
“If there are no consequences, then maybe it’s me getting hit with a drink one time, but what if it’s a member of my staff and what if instead of a drink, it’s acid or urine, or something else like that?” the Florida Republican asked Hannity. “So I think it’s really important we send a message that we as conservatives have a right to their views just like anyone else has a right to their views, and we’re not backing down from anybody.”
“People that behave this way should face the consequences before a court,” Gaetz continued.
The conservative legislator was the first American politician to suffer a British trend of far-right figures getting doused in milkshake, including Brexiteer Nigel Farage.
I had a circumstance just a few weeks ago where someone threw a drink at me leaving a town hall meeting. I am going to press charges. It’s really important to send a message that we as conservatives have a right to our views — just like anybody else. We're not backing down. pic.twitter.com/gCk05s9dWK
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) June 27, 2019