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A female staffer serving in the Trump administration was allegedly assaulted on Capitol Hill Thursday by a Democratic operative.
Now she’s sharing her story with The Daily Caller.
Heather Swift, press secretary Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, was leaving a meeting with the House Committee on Natural Resources when she was allegedly assaulted by an American Bridge staffer, who reportedly pushed Swift violently while lunging after her boss.
According to the official, Swift engaged the liberal operative verbally, attempting to protect her boss, but the American Bridge staffer pushed back harder.
U.S. Capitol Police quickly arrested the man, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Interior officials have also filed a police report, which will be made public once processed.
Swift told The Daily Caller in an exclusive statement that the American Bridge staffer was much bigger than her and acted like a “lunatic.” She calls the actions of the liberal activist a “violent action” and “very physical.” Swift believes she was “targeted” by the liberal activist and that Democrats need to “denounce” this violent behavior. “Democrats claim to support women but they allow their operatives to assault women,” Swift told TheDC.
Heather Swift’s full statement, below:
First of all I want to thank the Capitol Police for their quick action and professionalism.
It happened so fast. It was terrifying and I still can’t believe it happened. He is a big guy. He came up behind me fast, aggressive and very physical. Who knows what this lunatic was thinking?
Since joining the Trump Administration I’ve received harassing and threatening tweets, emails, phone calls, and letters (to include death threats) but being physically targeted and assaulted brings it to another level. This violent action only strengthens my desire to serve my president and my country.
Democrats claim to support women but they allow their operatives to assault women. They need to immediately denounce this type of violent behavior.
Interior communications director Laura Rigas says she is “extremely irate” that a female member of the Department of the Interior “was physically assaulted today by a Democrat staffer from the PAC American Bridge.”
Rigas’ statement continued:
“These politically motivated, personal, written, verbal, and now physical attacks against Trump administration officials must stop. Violent physical attacks have no place in politics, at work, or in our society. The
perpetrator has been arrested and charged, and we thank the Capitol Police for their quick action.”
American Bridge was founded by Hillary Clinton adviser and ally, David Brock. American Bridge raised tens of millions of dollars to support liberal candidates, including millions from George Soros and Tom Steyer.
American Bridge did not respond to The Daily Caller’s request for comment.
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