Published Jun 25, 2018Over the weekend, frustrated Americans started taking it upon themselves to make their voices heard by disrupting government officials while they were out on the town. Sarah Huckabee Sanders was denied dinner at the Red Hen in Virginia, and she wasn't alone — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi had to put up with some loud protestors at a screening of the new Mister Rogers documentary.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Bondi was confronted by protestors at a screening of Won't You Be My Neighbor? at the Tampa Theatre. The confrontation saw protestors grill Bondi about her stance on immigration and health care.
"What would Mister Rogers think about you and your legacy in Florida? Taking away health insurance from people with pre-existing conditions, Pam Bondi!" labour organizer Maria José Chapa yelled.
"Shame on you!" Another shouted, "You're a horrible person!"
Speaking with the Times, Bondi claims she was bullied by the protestors.
"We were in a movie about anti-bullying and practising peace and love and tolerance and accepting of people for their differences," she said. "That's what Mister Rogers is all about. We all believe in free speech, but there's a big difference there."
Organize Florida's Timothy Heberlein said the protest wasn't planned, but a number of people decided to speak out when they recognized Bondi at the theatre.
"I feel like even if we went to see The Incredibles we would have said something," he said.
Heberlein filmed a portion of the incident, which can be viewed below.
Pam Bondi attempted to attend a screening of the Mister Rogers documentary a day after announcing her plan to end protections for health care consumers with pre-existing conditions. Here, via @timintampa, is what happened. pic.twitter.com/zMLrSayS8M— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) June 23, 2018