A California Congressman was attacked by a mob of angry Trump protestors at Washington Dulles International Airport. He was left to fend for himself. The incident highlights the added risk of traveling through Washington, DC right now and a civility deficit on full display.
Congressman Attacked By Pro-Trump Mob At Washington Dulles International Airport
Orange County Congressman Lou Correa (D-CA) was traveling home from the District to his district last Thursday when he was confronted by a mob of Trump supporters inside the United terminal at Washington Dulles. You can watch the unedited video below:
Correa was cursed at, his path was blocked, and he was called a number of nasty names.
Is this the new state of U.S. travel in 2021?
There’s a reason I keep highlighting these stories and it is not because I’m suffering from “Trump Derangement Syndrome” (TDS). Rather, I am angry that the alt right Trump supporters have cloaked their movement in the banner of Christianity. This New York Times story sums up the problem quite well.
The presence of Christian rituals, symbols and language was unmistakable on Wednesday in Washington. There was a mock campaign banner, “Jesus 2020,” in blue and red; an “Armor of God” patch on a man’s fatigues; a white cross declaring “Trump won” in all capitals. All of this was interspersed with allusions to QAnon conspiracy theories, Confederate flags and anti-Semitic T-shirts.
I refuse to be lumped into that category, as if Christians and far right movements are now hopelessly intertwined.
And I cringe when I hear accounts like this:
Lindsay French, 40, an evangelical Christian from Texas, flew to Washington after she had received what she called a “burning bush” sign from God to participate following her pastor urging congregants to “stop the steal.”
“We are fighting good versus evil, dark versus light,” she said, declaring that she was rising up like Queen Esther, the biblical heroine who saved her people from death.
“We are tired of being made out to be these horrible people,” she said, acknowledging there was some violence but insisting on the falsehood that Antifa was behind it.
I don’t label everyone who traveled to Washington, DC last week as “horrible people.” But the seditious violence cannot be justified on any ground and it pains me especially that it was seen as a holy mission by some, a jihad if you will…
So back to the Congressman.
It took several minutes for the police to arrive and disperse the crowd. It could have become violent…he was greatly outnumbered. Even with tens of thousands of soldiers fortifying Washington, DC next week, I expect we’ll see a lot more of this in the days ahead.
When I lived in Washington, DC, I loved traveling to Washington Dulles after a long week(s) for a trip back to California. Even the “temporary” terminal C/D brought a smile to my face. I’ve walked through the area where Congressman Correa was harassed more times than I can count. And now I’ll never walk by it in the same way again.
Friends, for those of who you claim fidelity to Christ, start by loving God and loving your neighbor. When you do that, you’re not going to curse out and assault another human being. That’s not the Jesus way. That should also not be the American way.
Forgive me for veering into a political-religious direction once again, but this is the nation we find ourselves in and it directly impacts travel. I hope this time passes soon and we can get back to trip reports and hotel reviews.