One Incident, Two Observations

     Just yesterday evening, Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin was attacked during a campaign rally:

     Lee Zeldin, the Republican candidate for New York governor, was attacked during a campaign stop near Rochester in upstate Monroe County on Thursday night….

     The suspect approached Zeldin wielding an unknown weapon and Chenelly tackled him.

     “Once the man was on stage, he reached into his right pocket and pulled out what appeared to be a knife or a razor blade, maybe a box cutter and lunged at the Congressman,” [bystander Joe] Chenelly said.

     First, take note that this attack is on a Republican, as was the James Hodgkinson attack on Congressman Steve Scalise and other Republicans who were playing softball at the time. Watch how the Legacy Media handles it. Will they downplay it, force it out of the news cycle as swiftly as possible, as they did with the Hodgkinson attack that nearly killed Steve Scalise? Or will they recast it as the fault of Republicans, Trump supporters, or Zeldin himself?

     Second – and in the fullness of time this might prove to be the more important aspect of the event – observe this screen grab:

     Zeldin never lets go of the microphone. (Feel free to watch the whole video. You’ll see.) He’s grappling with an armed attacker, but drop the microphone? Release that irrelevance so he can use both hands to defend himself? Possibly to preserve his life? Never! The microphone is more precious to him.

     That’s politician behavior. Politicians never, ever let go of a chance to parade themselves before the public, or an instrument by which to do so. Cameras are great, but a mike will do in a pinch.

     Remember this. Vote for Zeldin in November, by all means – Hochul must go – but don’t trust him. Never trust any politician. And remember this incident.


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    • Mr Keebasa on July 22, 2022 at 6:17 AM

    I don’t trust Zeldin and Hochul must go but not in his defense because I won’t defend him (lesser of 2 evils) but I think it has been shown for example that somebody falling downstairs does not instinctively release what may be in their hands. But yeah, politicians. This guy has RINO all over him.

    • Rich Shappard on July 22, 2022 at 8:24 AM

    That’s probably a bit unfair to Zeldin.
    The picture shows that his left hand is grabbing the attackers arm.  There is a neurological function called “sympathetic grip” that causes a person to clench both hands when one hand is used to grab something under stress.
    He doesn’t let go of the microphone because he physically *can’t* let go of it while he’s got a grip on the attackers arm.
    That doesn’t negate your other point about never trusting a politician. That part is entirely accurate. 

    • st on July 22, 2022 at 8:47 AM

    We have the Fox Business Video of this:
    “You’re done” – Rep. Lee Zeldin (R NY) attacked on stage, suspect immediately released

    • Tar on July 22, 2022 at 2:03 PM

    Weapon used was this thing: “My Kitty” self-defense tool.  Hardened plastic keychain weapon, eleven bucks from this online martial arts supply shop:

    • Roll-aid on July 22, 2022 at 3:06 PM

    I’d hope to have the presence of mind to put that microphone into the guy’s adam’s apple or lower jaw with all the force I could muster.   

  1. I hadn’t noticed that.

    • George True on July 23, 2022 at 10:42 AM

    “Never trust any politician.”
    Ha!  I am reminded of the Barnhardt maxim.  (Postulated by Ann Barnhardt.)  In so many words it says someone seeking public office is, in and of itself, evidence that he or she is fundamentally unfit to hold such office.

    1. I have occasionally toyed with the notion that public office should be a conscription-filled position. But of course, the honest folk would scream in horror and beg for exemptions, while the wolves of the world strive for ways to get their names to “come up first!”

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