Two prominent right-wing supporters of President Donald Trump, Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens, told Philadelphia police they were attacked at a restaurant on Monday morning while trying to each breakfast.
Malik Joe, manager of Philadelphia’s Green Eggs Cafe on 13th Street in Center City, said Kirk and Owens had just started to look at the menu several people who appeared to demonstrators began to heckle and jeer them from other tables in the diner.
“At first, I thought it was a vegan protest,” Joe said. “The protesters were screaming at one guy sitting in the window and I looked and he was laughing.”
“The protesters were screaming ‘White Supremacist’ and something about immigrants.” Joe said the protesters also flung food and objects.
Kirk and Owens are the leaders of the pro-Trump organization Turning Point USA.
Kirk is the founder and he is known as a “conservative provocateur” who President Trump often listens to. Apparently because Kirk has “the ear of the president” he has become notorious and well-known even outside conservative circles.
Kirk and Owens have been quoted as saying that they are “culture warriors trying to save Western Civilization from liberals.”
When they showed up at the Green Eggs Cafe they had just sat down at a window seat when the screaming started.
They said they immediately looked out their window and saw a large group of protesters approaching them, accompanied by members of the Philadelphia police.
Owens pulled out her phone. She tweeted the scene from inside and outside the restaurant, including the moment when one demonstrator dumped a cup of something onto Kirk’s head.
“Charlie Kirk and I just got ATTACKED and protested by ANTIFA for eating breakfast. They are currently following us through Philly. ALL BLACK AND HISPANIC police force protecting us as they scream “f*ck the racist police”.
Owens later wrote. “They are currently following us through Philly. ALL BLACK AND HISPANIC police force protecting us as they scream.”
Kirk also went on Twitter and wrote that the incident was a direct result of Maxine Waters’s (D-Calif.) call for public harassment of Trump administration officials.
“So @RealCandaceO & I were peacefully eating breakfast this morning. Within 20 mins ANTIFA mobilized a protest, started screaming at us, attacked us, & threatened death against us.
This is the face of the Democrats. Conservatives aren’t safe – @RepMaxineWaters called for this”
By saying that “This is the face of the Democrats. Conservatives aren’t safe — Rep. Maxine Waters called for this” Kirk was referring to a rally in Los Angeles in June, when Waters commented on the public harassment of Trump administration officials, although neither Kirk nor Owens are in the administration.
Waters’s comments came after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen left a Mexican restaurant amid cries of “Shame!”
“The American people have put up with this president long enough. What more do we need to see? What more lies do we need to hear?” Waters said at the time. “If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd, and you push back on them!”
Press Secretary Sanders later said at the White House press briefing, that people should be allowed to disagree “freely and without fear of harm” regardless of their political leaning.
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