Called Out

Ken Cuccinelli exits Thanksgiving event after Martin O’Malley confronted him for ‘caging children’

During a pre-Thanksgiving celebration this Wednesday, acting DHS deputy secretary Ken Cuccinelli had a run-in with former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley. According to eye-witness accounts of the incident, the confrontation was so heated that Cuccinelli had to make an exit from the event.

In a tweet this Wednesday, Villanova University media relations person, Siobhan Houton Arnold, wrote that O’Malley “drove” Cuccinelli out of a D.C. restaurant with a “passion-laced and shame-invoking tirade on behalf of immigrant refugee children.”

Later speaking to The Washington Post, Arnold said that O’Malley was “shouting” at Cuccinelli, who reportedly later responded by saying that it was “time to go” and then quickly exited.

“He pretty much retreated,” Arnold said.

According to Cuccinelli’s account of the incident, he didn’t shout and only raised his voice just enough “to be heard.” He also said other people at the event made their thoughts known as well.

“We all let him know how we felt about him putting refugee immigrant kids in cages,” O’Malley told the Post.

Featured image via Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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