We’ve all seen the effects of passionate political ideologies that can turn old friends into bitter acquaintances.
What was supposed to be a fun and festive high school reunion amid old classmates, quickly escalated into a confrontation between the acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary and the former Governor of Maryland.
From what it seems, the previous governor who was tasked with governing a state can’t seem to be able to do the same with his emotions.
In a lengthy statement delivered to Fox News, the Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli responded to the actions displayed by Martin O’Malley on Thursday after the ex-governor and Democrat created a hostile environment that caused Cuccinelli to leave an event on the day before Thanksgiving.
Cuccinelli described the outburst by O’Malley’s as “sad” and “shocking,” and so venomous his neck veins were “bulging.”
Wednesday night’s incident took place at The Dubliner, an Irish pub on Capitol Hill where an event was hosted with fellow graduates of Gonzaga College High School.
What was meant to be a time of fun reminiscing, turned chaotic when the former governor approached Cuccinelli with what could be described as a three-sheets induced tirade.
Cuccinelli gave a recount of the Wednesday night debacle:
“I arrived at The Dubliner to meet with some of my Gonzaga classmates last night. As I walked up to one of the bars among several in The Dubliner to order my Guinness, I heard screaming and cussing behind me to my left, which I did not immediately take notice of other than the fact that it was louder than everything else in the pub.
When I turned to look I saw O’Malley and he was obviously screaming at me. For a moment I thought he was trying to be funny, as we’ve met before, which I thought was strange. It was immediately clear that he was cursing and screaming for real, to the point of veins bulging on his neck.”
Apparently, the barrage of irate clamoring coming from O’Malley wasn’t enough, as Cuccinelli added that O’Malley had “also inspired one or two of his buddies to join in the cussing assault,” which Cuccinelli invoked his best attempts to ignore.
Cuccinelli said he proceeded to attempt to order at a different bar within The Dubliner, but that O’Malley followed him.
Cuccinelli recalled what happened when he simply tried to get away from the enraged former classmate:
“[A]t which point O’Malley pushed his way through the small group to confront me face to face, still cursing me, the President, and my Italian ancestry and he got right up in my face, bumped up against me and invited me to take a swing at him, at which point I said ‘Martin, one of us has to rise above this, and it’s obviously not going to be you.’”
Cuccinelli also made mention that some of O’Malley’s comments about Trump’s immigration policy, which Cuccinelli plays an active role in enforcing, were completely out of tune with reality; as the former governor was reciting acts associated with the previous administration’s policies.
However, the acting DHS secretary was pleased to see that one of his own friends, who happens to be a Democrat, attempted to intervene to calm down the belligerent O’Malley and introduce some friendly banter instead of political rantings.
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Cuccinelli said he engaged in a short conversation and walked away to a separate area of the bar to see several other Gonzaga graduates and “high school buddies who happened to be there.”
Still, Cuccinelli was simply appalled at the behavior of O’Malley, and recalled discussing it with patrons from the other end of the bat that evening:
“Martin’s behavior was as sad as it was shocking. I learned on the other side of the pub that Martin’s screaming was so loud that people on the other side of the pub heard him. I also learned from others who have known Martin for years that while his behavior was shocking, it was not new to them.”
Yet, O’Malley felt quite virtuous in his childish display, saying to the Washington Post:
“We all let him know how we felt about him putting refugee immigrant kids in cages — certainly not what we were taught by the Jesuits at Gonzaga,” who also described Cuccinelli as “the son of immigrant grandparents who cages children for a fascist president.”
What’s interesting is that the current administration had zero to do with the “kids in cages” rhetoric that spread like a wildfire on social media years back, as the infamous photo shared online was from 2014.
Not to mention, Trump had also reversed the family separation policies that the photo was representative of, with Trump stating on the matter:
“Obama separated the children, just so you understand. President Obama separated the children. The cages that were shown, very inappropriate, they were built by President Obama and the Obama administration — not by Trump. The press knows it, you know it, we all know it. I’m the one that stopped it.”
One of the patrons of the bar that night, Siobhan Arnold, who’s identified as a Villanova University media relations associate, thought the exhibition was some sort of heroic demonstration by the quarrelsome former governor, when they tweeted Wednesday night:
“Martin O’Malley just drove Ken Cuccinelli out of the Dubliner in DC w/ a passion-laced and shame-invoking tirade on behalf of immigrant refugee children!!!”
We’ve come to a point in society where people feel emboldened to act like hooligans on the loose, thinking they’re fighting some kind of tyrannical government by having tantrums in public and screaming people down, or worse, fighting them in the streets.
If someone needs to use fear and violence to attempt to get you to think like them, then perhaps their ideology isn’t that great of one to begin with.