Cynthia McKinney Follow-Up

Yesterday, after it came out that Cynthia McKinney had struck a police officer, I said the following:

Sounds like a clear cut case of assault. Wonder if Cynthia will 1) give a heartfelt apology, 2) give a cheap non-apology apology, 3) blame the cop for “making her” hit him, or 4) play the race card?

Given that Cynthia is a particularly kooky Democrat who loves to blame racism for everything, I’m going to guess 2 and 3, with 4 possible if this gets a lot of attention. But, perhaps she’ll pleasantly surprise everyone with a 1. We’ll see.

So, how did it play out?

Well, first of all, we have Cynthia Mckinney’s official statement which essentially, as expected, is a 2-3 combo:

“Earlier today I had an unfortunate confrontation with a Capitol Hill Police Officer. It is traditional protocol that Capitol Hill Police Officers secure 535 Members of Congress, including 100 Senators. It is the expectation of most Members of Congress that Capitol Hill Police officers know who they are. I was urgently trying to get to an important meeting on time to fulfill my obligations to my constituents. Unfortunately, the Police Officer did not recognize me as a Member of Congress and a confrontation ensued. I did not have on my Congressional pin but showed the Police Officer my Congressional ID.

I know that Capitol Hill Police are securing our safety, that of thousands of others, and I appreciate the work that they do. I deeply regret that the incident occurred. I have demonstrated my support for them in the past and I continue to support them now.”

See? It’s all the fault of the police officer, who didn’t recognize her. She also regrets, “that the incident occurred,” but notice that she doesn’t apologize to the officer for hitting him.

That’s the official statement.

Now, here are the details from “An unconfirmed statement attributed to McKinney” that has been linked by Drudge.

“An unconfirmed statement attributed to McKinney has been released on the Internet, where she allegedly claims to have been harassed by Capitol Hill Police.

The statement’s writer says that she has been harassed by white police officers she says do not recognize her due to her recently changed hairstyle.

“Do I have to contact the police every time I change my hairstyle? How do we account for the fact that when I wore my braids every day for 11 years, I still faced this problem, primarily from certain white police officers,” the statement says.

The writer details the incident, saying, “I was rushing to my meeting when a white police officer yelled to me. He approached me, bodyblocked me, physically touching me. I used my arm to get him off of me. I told him not to touch me several times. He asked for my ID and I showed it to him. He then let me go and I proceeded to my meeting and I assume that the Police Officer resumed his duties. I have counseled with the Sergeant-at-Arms and Acting Assistant Chief Thompson several times before and counseled with them again on today’s incident. I offered also to counsel with the offending police officer.”

Ah, the race card. Big surprise there with McKinney, huh? But, is it for real? I called Cynthia Mckinney’s office to find out. I read some of the details of the story, which they must already be aware of since it’s linked on Drudge. Their reaction? They’ll get back to me, but for the moment, they refused to confirm or deny whether Cynthia McKinney actually said that. Usually, that’s short for, “we’re trying to figure out how to spin this huge gaffe.” So, I’m going to go ahead and proclaim victory on the prediction that she’d play the race card as well.

So, folks, do I know my kooky, race baiting, liberal congresswomen or do I know my kooky, race baiting, liberal congresswomen?

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