GOP Congressional Candidate Involved In Battle Royale With Teenagers
A Republican congressional candidate in Washington got involved in a physical altercation in Seattle this week after a couple of teens tried to steal a political sign, according to local news channel KIRO 7.
U.S. Congressional Candidate Craig Keller is facing off against Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal in Washington’s 7th U.S. House District race.
The trouble started around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday. Mortikye “Mo” Aylward, 14, said he and his friends passed the Trump/Culp rally at 15th Ave and Market Street. He said their friend group was trying to share their views with those at the rally when words got heated.
In a video recorded on a cellphone, a teen girl is seen trying to take a sign that Keller is holding.
Keller kicks the teen girl and pushes her onto the street, according to the report. Aylward and another friend, 14-year-old Dean Aocina, then decided they would take Keller’s sign.
“I acted on impulse,” Aylward said. “Just kind of clicked in my mind, hey, stand up for what you believe in,” he said.
“As soon as I started running, he grabbed my ankle. He pulled me to the ground, he pulled down my pants, like a good way down, and I just kept grabbing, so I kicked him, I tried kicking him off,” Aylward said.
Toward the end of the video, “the camera then swirls around to show a man in a blue shirt and MAGA hat suddenly pick up Aocina, before throwing him on the ground.”
KIRO 7 reported that Keller referred to the teens as “children of the corn” several times when explaining his actions. He also called people criticizing his behavior “very intolerant Seattle leftists”, adding that “these kids are being really corrupted in schools.”
“Dude what the hell!” people shout in the video. “Beat up a f***ing kid?” someone else is heard shouting.
According to the report, Seattle police responded to the incident but no one on either side was interested in pressing charges.