Jake Burdett is a self-proclaimed far-leftist who appears to enjoy inciting unrest. Obviously, there are pronouns in his Twitter bio: “progressive activist, Social Democrat/Democratic Socialist.” Advocate for housing affordability. YIMBY Hater. U. Balt. Law Student. He/Him.”
Tuesday, he attempted to interrupt multiple Republicans at a World Health Organization news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.
After Louisiana Representative Clay Higgins, a former police officer, offered him the chance to stay, Burdett was stunned that 1) Higgins forcibly removed him from an event he intended to troll and 2) he was the one being detained.
“I am currently being detained by DC Police for asking tough questions to far right extremist Congressmen @RepGosar and @laurenboebert at a press conference. Rep Clay Higgins proceeded to assault/physically remove me from the press conference. For this, the cops detained me, not him,” Burdett said in a tweet Wednesday after the encounter.
Burdett reportedly visited Capitol Hill with the Maryland Progressive Healthcare Coalition to support the reintroduction of the dormant Medicare for All Act.
Kristy Fogle, the coalition’s founder, told the media outlet that Burdett told her he wanted to ask Boebert a “tough question” when they stumbled upon the news briefing.
The protester’s own video shows him initially approaching Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar, whom he questioned about attending a conference hosted by far-right fringe figure Nick Fuentes and about an ad released during the 2020 election cycle in which members of Gosar’s family spoke out against him. Not that he cared about the answers to these queries; smearing the congressman was sufficient for him.
Higgins approached Burdett during the video and said, “I’m a congressman. I’ll make you a bargain. Listen, let this individual speak, and I’ll come speak with you in private.”
“All I’m asking you to do is just peacefully stand by with your camera, and I promise you — look at me — I’ll come talk to you straight up and answer all your questions.”
Needless to say, that was not the case.
Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado was the next to speak, and Burdett, seemingly unfazed, queried Boebert about her recent divorce filing.
“Did it have anything to do with giving food poisoning to Shooters Bar and Grill?” he said, referencing a 2020 incident in which pork sliders from Boebert’s restaurant were involved in a food-poisoning incident at a local rodeo, according to Salon.
Boy, what a “tough question” that was.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
At that point, Higgins, a former sheriff, stepped in and sidelined what was clearly an unbalanced troll act. CONTINUE READING…