It’s hard to believe someone coming from Afghanistan and enjoying all the benefits America has to offer, like working for NPR who gets more than 25% of it’s funding from US taxpayers, would physically attack a US government cabinet member and think that that would be okay.
On Monday Politico reported that a protester who had blocked Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos from entering a school on Friday has been charged with assault for “impeding/assaulting US government cabinet member.”
The man has been identified as Bilal Ahmed Askaryar, a refugee from Afghanistan. Politico obtained the police report on the case.
It turns out that refugee is also a contributor with NPR. As we’ve mentioned last month, the Trump administration plans to slash funding for NPR, the publicly funded liberal news outlet.
Police report from Politico:
Askaryar, who entered his plea on Saturday in Superior Court in Washington, was given “several lawful orders” to move out of the way of a vehicle, and then pushed an individual identified as “V-1.” Listed as a factor under one of the charges is “impeding/assaulting US government cabinet member.”
… He wrote last month for NPR in response to the executive order issued by President Donald Trump sharply curtailing travel from seven majority-Muslim nations. The article said he became a naturalized citizen in 2000 and earned a graduate degree from American University.
A police report obtained by Politico says that Askaryar, who entered his plea on Saturday in Superior Court in Washington, was given “several lawful orders” to move out of the way of a vehicle, and then pushed an individual identified as “V-1.”
Below is the video from the incident on Friday where protesters prevented DeVos from entering the school. In the video you can also see Askaryar getting arrested for committing assault.