A liberal activist was charged for disorderly conduct after appearing to threaten the daughter of Republican Sen. Pat Toomey during a recent town hall.
During a Thursday-night town hall in Bethlehem, Pa., Simon Radecki asked Toomey an uncomfortable and possibly “threatening” question.
“We’ve been here for a while. You probably haven’t seen the news. Can you confirm whether or not your daughter Bridget has been kidnapped?” Radecki asked.
The initial question was followed by a long, awkward pause until Radecki finally added, “The reason I ask is because that’s the reality of families that suffer deportation … ”
Toomey called the question “ridiculous” and Radecki was removed by police and later charged with disorderly conduct and disrupting a public meeting.
The CEO of PBS39, who was broadcasting the meeting and managed to cut off the question before it was televised, said he found the question to be a threat.
“If you were in the room, it was one of the scariest things that I have ever been a part of,” said Tim Fallon. “All I was processing was ‘Oh, my God, what has happened?’ … It was perceived as a threat by myself [and] folks I have had interactions with.”
“Asking questions that are based upon kidnapping a child is not only reprehensible, but it is inherently threatening,” said Steve Kelly, a spokesman for Sen. Toomey.
The uncomfortable moment can be watched below, but the question cannot be heard because PBS39 redacted the sound prior to the live broadcast.