Seven radical left-wing activists were taken into custody on Monday after they stormed into the office of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. These troublemakers were protesting over funding for HIV and AIDS programs, causing a disruption in an attempt to force Congress to renew provisions of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which is set to expire soon.
According to the Capitol police, these agitators were given multiple opportunities to leave peacefully, but they defiantly refused to comply. It’s infuriating to see these leftists hijack a serious issue like HIV and AIDS to push their own political agenda. They claim that treating PEPFAR as a “political football” is criminal, but isn’t that exactly what they’re doing by forcibly occupying a congressional office and demanding their way?
LGBTQ activists stormed Kevin McCarthy’s office at the Capitol today
Will they get the J/6 treatment (raids, pre-trial detentions, bank accounts shut down, 22 years in prison)?
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) September 11, 2023
One of the leaders of the protest, Charles King, CEO of Housing Works, outrageously stated, “It is criminal for some members of Congress to treat [PEPFAR] as a political football.” It’s ironic that he accuses others of playing politics when he and his cohorts are the ones doing just that. These activists are throwing a tantrum because they want a five-year reauthorization of PEPFAR without any changes, along with full funding for HIV treatment and prevention programs.
It’s important to remember that these individuals were arrested for their unlawful actions, yet they had the audacity to compare their treatment to that of the January 6th Capitol rioters. The comparison is absolutely laughable. The Capitol riot was a violent, disgraceful attack on our democracy, while the arrest of these protesters was a necessary response to their illegal behavior. It’s a shame that some on the left continue to grasp at straws to play the victim card.