Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli appeared to be the one with manners on Thanksgiving eve when he was insulted by former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.
In a statement to Fox News, Cuccinelli recalled the incident that took place at an Irish pub on Capitol Hill called the Dubliner. He was at an event held for former Gonzaga College High School graduates, when he was forced to leave due to O’Malley’s “shame-invoking tirade.”
“I arrived at The Dubliner to meet with some of my Gonzaga classmates last night,” Cuccinelli said in the statement. “As I walked up to one of the bars among several in The Dubliner to order my Guinness, I heard screaming and cussing behind me to my left, which I did not immediately take notice of other than the fact that it was louder than everything else in the pub.”
Cuccinelli continued, “When I turned to look, I saw O’Malley, and he was obviously screaming at me. For a moment, I thought he was trying to be funny, as we’ve met before, which I thought was strange. It was immediately clear that he was cursing and screaming for real, to the point of veins bulging on his neck.”
According to Cuccinelli, O’Malley had “also inspired one or two of his (apparent) buddies to join in the cussing assault.”
In an attempt to diffuse O’Malley’s wrath, Cuccinelli walked to another part of the pub to place his order, only to find O’Malley had followed him.
“[A]t which point O’Malley pushed his way through the small group to confront me face to face, still cursing me, the president, and my Italian ancestry and he got right up in my face, bumped up against me and invited me to take a swing at him,” Cuccinelli recalled, adding, “at which point I said ‘Martin, one of us has to rise above this, and it’s obviously not going to be you.'”
His ranting aimed at President Trump’s immigration policy; however, it was “odd” because “they applied to President Obama’s policies, a fact he clearly did not appreciate me pointing out (without screaming it, btw).”
One of Cuccinelli’s friends—who happens to be a Democrat—tried to intervene by “an attempt at de-escalation,” that friend approached the two and “forced some friendly conversation in between Martin and I.”
“Martin’s behavior was as sad as it was shocking,” Cuccinelli said. “I learned on the other side of the pub that Martin’s screaming was so loud that people on the other side of the pub heard him. I also learned from others who have known Martin for years that while his behavior was shocking, it was not new to them.”
Siobhan Arnold, who’s identified as a Villanova University media relations associate, witnessed the incident. She tweeted late Wednesday, “Martin O’Malley just drove Ken Cuccinelli out of the Dubliner in DC w/ a passion-laced and shame-invoking tirade on behalf of immigrant refugee children!!!”