This has gotten intolerable. No one should ever be attacked on the campaign trail, at their job, or in their neighborhood. Thankfully Rep. Lee Zeldin wasn’t injured and the assailant was subdued.
Zeldin, the GOP nominee to take on Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul, was speaking in a suburb of Rochester when a man suddenly appeared on stage, raising his arm to Zeldin’s neck, according to video of the event shared online.
Nearby allies were quick to jump to the stage, grabbing the man and pulling him down to the ground — as he brought Zeldin toward the floor of the stage with him.
Zeldin tweeted of the incident: “Someone tried to stab me on stage during this evening’s rally, but fortunately, I was able to grab his wrist and stop him for a few moments until others tackled him.”
and a news outlet reported:
According to local television station WROC-TV, witnesses said Zeldin was giving a speech on bail reform when a man went on stage and began yelling. The man allegedly “wrestled” with Zeldin for “a bit, and pulled a blade out.”
So thankfully Rep. Zeldin was unhurt and was able to complete his campaign event.
But let’s put this footnote on the story. It will be interesting to watch as the rest of the story comes out and we determine the identity and the motive of the attacker. And maybe the GOP has to recognize that if the attacker had had a gun of some sort that Rep. Zeldin and any number of their faithful might be dead or injured.