‘You’re not afraid for your safety?’: Brian Mast confronted by protesters after RNC

Mast was repeatedly grilled about recent police killings of Black Americans.

Republican Rep. Brian Mast is speaking out after protesters confronted him following Thursday night’s Republican National Convention (RNC).

Video from the Daily Caller’s Phillip Nieto shows Mast walking outside late Thursday when a man begins questioning him about whether he attended the RNC.

“I sure did. It was a great time,” Mast said.

“What do you make of all these protests?” the man asks.

“Everybody has the right to protest,” Mast replied. “That’s a beautiful thing.”

The unnamed individual then asks, “You’re not afraid for your safety?”

“No,” Mast replied. “Should I be?”

It’s unclear whether the man meant the question to be a threat. The rest of the interactions, while tense, did not include any direct threats of violence.

Elsewhere in the area, Sen. Rand Paul said he worried his life was in danger after he said protesters threatened him.

Back to the Mast confrontation, a blonde woman eventually stepped up to Mast and asks him, “What do you think about police killing Black people in this country?”

“I don’t think anybody should get killed wrongfully,” Mast replied.

Angered Mast did not specifically mention Black people in his answer, the protester tries again as a crowd of a few dozen people, including some journalists, approaches Mast.

“Answer the question,” she said, unsatisfied with Mast’s existing answer. “How do you feel about police killing Black people in this country? In this city?”

Mast tries to reword his answer, “Anybody’s right to due process is robbed…”

The protester cuts him off again, shouting her question and repeating it more slowly. The two go back and forth as another protester remarks of Mast’s answer, “That’s that ‘All Lives Matter’ [stuff].”

When asked again by a different protester specifically how he would feel if police unjustifiably killed a Black person, Mast replied, “That would be wrong.”

The crowd continued to pepper Mast with additional questions before he eventually advanced through the crowd. It’s unclear from video precisely what answers the protesters were looking for from the Congressman.

Mast was one of several Floridians to attend President Donald Trump‘s ethically questionable speech Thursday night. Commenting on the exchange with protesters, Mast wrote, “They thought I would be an easy target because my prosthetics move slowly. They were wrong.”

Mast lost both his legs in a 2010 IED explosion while serving in the Army.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas described the exchange by writing, “War hero swarmed by the mob. Madness must stop.”

Added Rep. Matt Gaetz, “Brian Mast disarmed bombs. None of these people scare him one bit.”

The National Republican Congressional Committee is now attempting to fundraise off the exchange, labeling the protesters who questioned Mast as “cowards.”

Mast is also looking to raise money off the exchange, calling out his Democratic opponent Pam Keith over controversial comments she made in June.

In that Twitter post, Keith asked whether it was “open season” on political rivals she deems “bad guy(s).” Keith was questioning logic used by some conservatives after George Floyd‘s killing. Some conservative commentators referenced Floyd’s criminal past in discussing his death, seemingly implying his criminal past justified his killing, or at least made it less appalling.

“GOP: Yeah he’s dead. But it’s not a big deal because he was a ‘bad guy,’” Keith wrote.

“Is that REALLY the new rule they want? Killing is OK if it’s a ‘bad guy?’ Is it now open season on: [Michael] Flynn[Paul] Manafort[Roger] Stone[Rick] Gates[Michael] Cohen, TRUMP, [Bill] Barr[Brett] Kavanaugh[Corey] Lewandowski[John] Bolton[Mike] Pompeo[George] Papadopolous[Brad] Parscale[?]”

Keith did not name Mast in that post, but the congressman referenced the tweet Friday morning following the confrontation. “If this angers you, don’t stoop to their level, VOTE!” Mast wrote, before linking to a fundraising page.

Mast has faced his own social media controversy in recent days after the South Florida Sun-Sentinel uncovered old Facebook posts where Mast joked about sex with 15-year-olds and rape. Mast apologized for those posts, from 2009 and 2011, respectively. At least one Palm Beach County lawmaker has called for him to resign.

Ryan Nicol

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  • Robert Dunn

    August 28, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    Biden / Harris Platform & Goals:(Do you even know?)

    Socialist llhan Omar stated recently, she will support Biden who has “one of the most progressive platforms in the history of the Democrat party.” She’s right.

    *De-fund Police. In the Senate, Kamala Harris called it “re-imagine law enforcement. Biden recently stated he was in favor, quote “redirecting law enforcement finds.” Police funds will be distributed to other programs. If Biden is elected you will see de-funding law enforcement nationwide.

    *Citizenship for 20 to 50 million illegal aliens, DACA, TPS recipients, and their families with a cost of billions to taxpayers.

    *Free Healthcare for Illegal aliens, DACA, TPS recipients. Taxpayer-funded with one estimate at $52 trillion.

    *Massive tax increases. Biden has stated he will raise taxes to over 71 trillion. With his platform, he will have to.

    *Sanctuary Cities & States. Biden & Harris supports sanctuary cities.

    *Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Green new deal.(which would create massive unemployment, 100,000 jobs estimated in the transportation industry alone.) Biden & Harris support.

    *End all deportations of illegal aliens immediately, if you get here, you stay. Bernie’s website calls it a “moratorium” on deportations.

    *Reparations for the race’s harmed by Caucasians. Biden & Kamala Harris committed to Al Sharpton to support Sheila Jackson Lee’s reparations bill in the House. Basically a tax will be levied on all Caucasians in America. (you can’t make this stuff up)

    *De-fund & terminate border patrol & ICE. Funds used for other programs.

    *Climate Change: Biden’s climate change plan will be another tax costing trillions of tax dollars & jobs.

    *The 2nd Amendment will be under attack even more under Biden. Biden stated, “Beto O’Rourke will be his gun Czar,” “Hell yeah I’m coming for your guns.”

    *Ending of all private / employer-based health care. “Medicare for all”, Feds run everything. This is Kamala Harris’s baby. Kiss goodbye to your healthcare plan if Biden/Harris are elected.

    *Illegal Aliens, all non-citizens eligible for welfare, & food stamps. (Elizabeth Warren’s plan adopted) Endorsed by Biden & Harris.

    *Free college for all, including illegal aliens & non-citizens (taxpayer-funded with estimates in the billions). Bernie Sanders’s plan adopted.

    *Decriminalization of illegal entry into our country immediately.

    *Open Borders.

    *Drivers Licenses for illegal aliens (already happening in states with Democrat leadership. Biden & Harris endorsed

    *Destruction and erasing our history will be permitted and eventually all markings of History will be erased.

    Democrats want to make this election all about President Trump. NOT their platform & Goals for obvious reasons.

    How do you like Democrat Socialism so far?

    Currently, we have Democrat Mayors ordering police to stand down while the city is looted, burned. citizens beat in the streets, monuments destroyed, Antifa and BLM are the criminals behind this (the founder is a Marxist, now you know why the disrespect to the National Anthem, Flag is important to them) the media is trying to conceal this fact. Democrat city and state leaders are complicit in this. A sneak preview of a Biden/Harris administration. These attacks on our cities are accomplished under the guise of “freedom of speech” but in reality, it’s the freedom to commit anarchy on a wide scale with leftist city & state officials turning a blind eye.
    (Notice Antifa violence is all but non existent in Republican lead cities)

    If Joe Biden is elected President America will be on fire…..only Biden won’t send federal officers to help.

    Democrat Convention? All you heard at the was how horrible the American people are and how we must change. They bash President Trump constantly and that’s about it for the convention.

    What you did NOT hear is anyone speaks of their platform of the Democrat party. Seems odd, doesn’t it? It is so bad they must talk about anything else. Not a word of the unrest in Democrat-controlled cities across the country. The fact Democrats are trying to sell Biden & Harris as moderates show’s how deceiving they are.

    Biden stated he’s going to “transform America” If you vote for Joe Biden it will be for a far-left platform (READ BELOW). Biden has stated many times he is a “progressive” he must follow the radical left’s agenda or he won’t get the support (and he is) of Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, Maxine Waters, Karen Bass (Leader Congressional Black Caucus), llhan Omar, Elizabeth Warren, Val Demings, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Valerie Jarrett,. Rashida Talib, Stacy Abrams, Ayanna Pressley, Sheila Jackson Lee, Pramila Jayapal.

    (This is the core of the socialist’s wing of the Democrat party) and is firmly in charge, not old, confused Joe Biden. Biden will be a puppet to Kamala Harris and those mentioned above.

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