House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was greeted with cold comments by protestors as she was in South Florida for a campaign stop.
The heckling was captured on camera, titled “Nancy Pelosi was heckled at a Miami Restaurant by Trump Supporting Cuban Americans.” However, as The Washington Post reported, the protest occurred outside Florida Democratic House candidate Donna Shalala’s headquarters.
Pelosi was there to campaign for the Democrat, who is running in the Miami congressional district and seeking to fill retiring U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s seat.
Shalala is running against Republican and journalist Maria Elvira Salazar in Florida’s 27th congressional district in the 2018 midterm elections — and Shalala currently takes a 7-point average lead.
The group wasn’t too happy with the Democrat or Pelosi’s attendance.
“Look at Nancy Pelosi right here. Look at this piece of s**t right here. Look at this piece of s**t Pelosi right here,” a protester can be heard yelling. “F**king communist! You don’t belong here you f**king communist! Get the f**k out of here! Get the f**k out of here! F**k you and your f**king Democrats!”
Another protester can be heard shouting, “You don’t belong here,” as Pelosi entered the building and the group began pounding on the door.
“Socialism sucks,” another protestor said.
A few protestors in the group were also seen wearing articles of clothing that referenced the Proud Boys — a reported “hate group” that has been accused of involvement in violence.
The Proud Boys, called a hate group by the SPLC, joined the Miami Dade GOP’s protest of Shalala’s office event with Pelosi yesterday
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) October 18, 2018
The protest was organized by Nelson Diaz, the chairman of the Republican Party in Miami-Dade County, The Post reported.
The protest was first organized in response to U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), a Democrat for northern California, who was scheduled to attend the event.
Lee’s visit was later canceled due to the Miami people’s outcry over her previous comments on former Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s death, when she said “we need to stop and pause and mourn his loss” and called “it very sad for the Cuban people.”
Watch the protestors confront Pelosi below:
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise crossed party lines when he condemned the protestors’ actions.
He affirmed that he doesn’t agree with Pelosi, but he said the group handled things the “wrong way.”
“I don’t agree with Nancy Pelosi’s agenda, but this is absolutely the wrong way to express those disagreements. If you want to stop her policies, don’t threaten her, VOTE! That’s how we settle our differences,” Scalise tweeted.