If you're running for office here's a professional tip: don't publicly mock and celebrate the injury of a Federal agent while he puts his life on the line to defend his country.
That's the lesson Illinois Democrat Hadiya Afzal learned this week after she openly admitted she laughed after repeatedly watching video of a law enforcement officer in Portland being hit with a projectile and falling to the ground.
Afzal, who has previously been endorsed by Hillary Clinton, was the nominee for a District 4 seat on the DuPage County Board in Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
In a tweet that was later deleted, she reportedly spoke about how she couldn’t stop laughing at this video of a federal agent being hit in the head with a projectile by a rioter.
“I’ve been watching this on repeat for 15 minutes and laughing every single time,” she tweeted.
Thankfully there are consequences for politicians who celebrate violence against public servants.
The Democratic nominee for a District 4 seat on the DuPage County Board is dropping out of the race and apologizing for an "irresponsible" tweet she posted about protests in Portland, Oregon.
Hadiya Afzal, a recent college graduate from DePaul University, confirmed Monday morning she is ending her campaign to unseat Republican incumbent Tim Elliott, a Glen Ellyn attorney, in the November election.
DuPage Democrats are preparing to slate another candidate to replace Afzal on the ballot, party Chairwoman Cynthia Borbas said.
In a span of 10 hours Sunday, Afzal announced she was withdrawing her bid because her tweet had become a distraction after she initially defended herself on Facebook. Her tweet drew criticism from both sides of the aisle.