Shortly after Eric Cantor made his concession speech, immigration reform supporters raided the ballroom in Suburban Virginia. The advocates, members of Casa de Virignia, showed up and sparked a short-lived affray that had the police jumping in to end it.
The confrontation occurred after Eric Cantor’s concession speech, following a brutal beating at the polls to his Tea Party challenger. During the brief struggle, a Cantor-supporter threw wine on one of the activists, who swore at him in return, according to The Washington Post:
Cantor addressed his supporters for about four minutes at a suburban Richmond hotel ballroom, then boarded an SUV without taking questions from reporters scurrying after him.
Then it got really rambunctious. In the room of downcast Cantor allies, a new energy suddenly erupted — but not the kind they wanted on election night. A group of immigration activists stormed the ballroom, screaming and waving a flag. “What do we want? Immigration reform! When do we want it? Now!”
A few Cantor supporters tried to block the protesters’ entrance into the ballroom, and pushing and shoving ensued. And before they reached the microphone, one Cantor supporter threw his glass of wine at a female protester. She swore at him in return.
A hotel employee took the microphone Cantor had used and told the protesters in Spanish that the police were on their way.
The group Casa de Virigina took credit for the demonstration on Twitter:
CASA de VA at Eric Cantor’s party. This is a message to those who don’t support immigration reform. Cantor was… http://t.co/hmveNY1jda
— CASA de Virginia (@CASAdeVirginia) June 11, 2014
— Erika Gonzalez (@erika_news) June 11, 2014
Casa de Virginia said that Cantor lost because he was inattentive to the 87% of the district that support “CIR,” or “comprehensive immigration reform,” which has been dead in the water courtesy of of Boehner.
@CASAdeVirginia storms Cantor “victory” party reminding that Cantor lost because inattentive to district meanwhile 89% of 7thCD Rs want CIR
— Kim Propeack (@kimpropeack) June 11, 2014
Lindolfo Carballo, Casa de Virginia organizer, said that Cantor lost because he was a “pretend Tea Partier.”
Eric Cantor lost because he was a pretend Tea Partier. But voters, faith and business leaders, and more all agree that we need a real leader to end the suffering of our families.
Hotel staff warned the protestors that they would be arrested if they didn’t leave, a threat that the police backed up. As the police broke up the protest, a Cantor supporter reportedly yelled at a demonstrator wrapped in the American flag, telling them to “get a job.”
Perhaps he should share that advice with the formerly employed Eric Cantor.
You can watch the Washington Post video below:
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