Supporters Of Louie Gohmert Accused Of Assaulting Opponent’s Campaign Manager
Ryan Miller, the campaign manager of Democratic congressional candidate Hank Gilbert, was reportedly assaulted by supporters of his rival, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), during a rally on Sunday, according to local ABC News affiliate KLTV.
- A press release from Gilbert’s campaign stated that “Miller was attacked by at least four protesters, some of whom were armed, and sustained blows to the head and other parts of his body, as well as a large gash under his eye,” KLTV reported. “The incident occurred as officers from the Tyler Police Department drove around the square idly, waving at the Blue Lives Matter counter-protesters who had come to support Gilbert’s opponent.”
- Supporters of Gohmert disrupted the rally by shouting, “Louie! Louie! Louie!” repeatedly, according to the press release.
- The press release stated that a police report has been filed with the Tyler Police Department. It also stated that Gilbert called on the Texas Rangers to investigate how the TPD handled the incident and will be calling on the City of Tyler to determine if “proper procedures were followed.”
“The Tyler police were idly driving around the square in their patrol cars and waving at the counter-protesters who were heavily armed,” Gilbert said in the press release. “They didn’t get on the square until the violence was well underway and weren’t even near the scene of the actual protest until Ryan had already been beaten up. This is after we were told by the city last week there would be a sufficient police presence downtown for our rally.”
- Gilbert said that “Louie Gohmert needs to immediately denounce the violence that occurred in his name in downtown Tyler today. When your armed thugs are shouting your name as they beat the hell out of a 21-year-old political operative, you need to get your people under control,” according to The Gilmer Mirror.
- “We fully intend to make sure that felony charges are brought against the person who stole Ryan’s brand new iPhone, which costs enough that theft of that device is a felony in Texas,” said Gilbert. “We also intend to ensure that those who attacked Ryan are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Gilbert said that the rally was to “protest the unconstitutional occupation of Portland and other major U.S. cities.”