GOP Candidate Recovering From Assault Blames Maxine Waters, Hillary Clinton, and Eric Holder
Shane Mekeland, a Republican candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives, blamed Democrats for the climate of incivility and violence that led to the assault against him last weekend. He also called out the Minnesota Democratic Party for refusing to fire a staffer who posted on Facebook that Democrats would "guillotine" Republicans after the election.
On Friday evening, he suffered a concussion after being sucker-punched in the head in a politically motivated attack. A full recovery will take 4 to 6 weeks. The election is in 19 days.
In an interview with PJ Media on Wednesday, Mekeland described his struggles with memory loss and light sensitivity after the attack, and blamed Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), former secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former attorney general Eric Holder for stoking a climate of incivility and violence that led to his assault.
"Right as he hit me, he said, 'You f*cking people don't give a sh*t about the middle class,'" Mekeland told PJ Media, recounting the assault. "How can you take my getting sucker-punched in the head to be anything other than politically motivated?"
The candidate recounted the suspect's interview with police after the assault. The assailant, remorseful after the attack, admitted that Mekeland did nothing to provoke him, and confessed, "I hit him right in the side of his head by his eye, and I think I hit his nose, too."
As the candidate got hit, he remembered, "The chair goes flying over, it whacked my head on the floor and that's the last thing I remember. I guess the guy jumped on me, he wasn't done."
The assault has wreaked havoc on Mekeland's day-to-day life. "Right now, I'm taking round 6 of Advil," the candidate told PJ Media. "No TV, stay away from computer screens. I went into town on Monday, I didn't realize the sun was giving me a headache! I'm sitting there thinking, 'How the hell am I going to get home?'"
Shortly after posting about the assault on Facebook, the candidate tied it to the Democrats' increasing rhetoric enflaming protests and harassment against Republicans. "Left, right or in between, civil discourse is needed. The media and the likes of Maxine Waters, Hillary, and Eric Holder as of late is driving this behavior," he wrote in a Facebook comment.
The candidate stood by this statement in his interview with PJ Media. "They're constantly driving this narrative of 'It's okay to be violent,'" he said.
Indeed, Waters has led the charge, calling for activists to harass members of the Trump administration in public places like gas stations and restaurants. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) encouraged activists to "get up in the face" of Republican candidates and office-holders. Hillary Clinton said Democrats "cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for." Eric Holder declared, "When they go low, we kick them."