The president should be safe now from the expletives of that intern who yelled “fuck you” at him last week — she’s been briefly suspended, and her access to the Capitol is restricted for the rest of her internship.
She’s an intern for Sen. Maggie Hassan, Democrat from New Hampshire, and she’s been widely reported to be 21-year-old Caitlin Marriott — though the senator’s office declined to confirm her name to VICE News. A one-week suspension and the confiscation of her ID badge is a pretty small price to pay for cursing a sitting president.
She’ll finish out the rest of her internship.
“We are aware of the situation and have taken disciplinary action, including a one-week suspension and revoking her Congressional intern ID badge (thereby restricting her access to the Capitol), in response to her breach of office policies regarding respectful and appropriate conduct. We also facilitated contact with Capitol Police,” Hassan’s communications director, Aaron Jacobs, told VICE News in a statement.
Last week, as President Trump walked toward a meeting with Republican lawmakers in the Capitol, the intern yelled, “Mr. President, fuck you!” About 15 seconds after she told Trump to fuck himself, Trump walked into the hallway. It was caught on video by a reporter.
Coming as it did at the height of the crisis at the border, where thousands of children have been separated from their families, the video went viral. As of press time, the tweet from Frank Thorp V, the NBC reporter who caught it on camera, had been retweeted some 8,000 times.
The intern yelling at the president is part of a series of incidents that have unfolded over the last week, in which members of the Trump administration have been publicly condemned by fellow citizens for what many see as inhumane actions. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was denied service at a restaurant called the Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia, and prompted outcry from moderate Democrats and the right — decrying the “incivility” of denying someone access to a meal or using harsh words to describe policies that separate children from their parents.
The insurgent left wing of the Democratic party, meanwhile, supports driving Trump’s entourage out of restaurants, arguing that the Trump administration is interested in neither civility nor compromise.