Man Kicked Off Plane For Confronting Politician

Published on Jul 16, 2015

Governor Greg Abbott of Texas was recently confronted by an angry constituent at JFK airport. A 32-year-old man told him that he hopes he burns in hell for his position on gay marriage. Authorities interrogated the man and determined he didn’t pose a real threat, but the airline decided not to let him on the plane. Cenk Uygur hosts The Young Turks. Do you agree with the airline’s decision? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“As he was waiting with family and staff to board a flight back to Austin on Tuesday night after two days promoting Texas in New York City, Gov. Greg Abbott was approached by another passenger who shook his hand and then loudly and profanely expressed his unhappiness with the governor’s opposition to gay marriage.

“I hope you [expletive] go to hell because of your stance on gay marriage,” the man told the governor, using an epithet for emphasis, according to Abbott communications director Matt Hirsch, who was with the governor.

The man, identified only as a 32-year-old male by Port Authority police, was asked to step back by Texas state troopers traveling with the governor. As he walked away, Hirsch said the man, dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, directed a parting shot at the governor: “I’m going to see you on the plane.”

As it happened, he didn’t.”*

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