Woman who threw drink at Matt Gaetz pleads guilty
By Jessica Campisi - 08/02/19 04:41 PM EDT
A woman reportedly pleaded guilty on Thursday to assault after she threw a drink at GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz (Fla.) at a town hall event in June.
Amanda Kondrat’yev, 35, pleaded guilty in Pensacola, Fla., CBS Miami reports. Kondrat’yev faces up to a year in prison and will face sentencing on Oct. 17.
Kondrat’yev was part of a group of protesters outside a June town hall that Gaetz attended, and she reportedly held a sign that read “Gaetz wipe the blood off your hands, A+ rating NRA, save our kids vote Gaetz out 2020,” referring the the congressman's rating by the National Rifle Association, Roll Call reports.
When Gaetz, an outspoken supporter of President Trump, left the event, a drink came flying out of the crowd and appeared to hit him in the arm.
It was unclear from video whether the drink actually spilled on Gaetz, but the congressman is seen reacting to being struck from behind and turning to point to one of the protesters.
Gaetz said after the incident that he was pressing charges out of fear that similar things would happen to him or his staff in the future.
“If there are no consequences, then maybe it's me getting hit with a drink one time, but what if it's a member of my staff? What if instead of a drink it's acid or urine?” he said during a Fox News appearance.