Dem Commissioner’s Daughter Arrested While Protesting Trump Speech


The daughter of an Ohio Democratic county
commissioner who last year was accused of using vulgar language toward Trump supporters
was arrested last week during President Donald Trump’s rally in Toledo. Laura Gerken is the daughter of Lucas County
Commissioner Pete Gerken, who, prior to Trump’s arrival, had chided the president to behave
properly. “I’d like you to do us a favor when you
come to our building,” Pete Gerken said, according to Cleveland.com. “When you get on this stage, don’t talk
in a way that promotes racism … don’t preach a message of hate. That is not who we are.” Laura Gerken, who was protesting at the rally
Jan. 9, was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, according to WTVG-TV
in Toledo. She was in a physical fight with another individual,
police said. The police report said Gerken, 36, was “in
a highly emotional state and was yelling obscenities both at the person she was engaged in the
confrontation with, officers, and passersby,” according to The Toledo Blade. Her father issued a statement about his daughter’s
arrest. “All Americans have the right to free speech
and to exercise their right to express their opinions,” he told The Blade. “The Toledo police department and all law
enforcement professionals did a great job yesterday protecting everyone’s safety in
the downtown area. “Like so many other Americans, we feel strongly
about the views of President Trump. We will deal with this issue as a family.” Pete Gerken has been a county commissioner
since 2005. His daughter’s arrest at the Trump rally
comes several months after he was accused of yelling obscenities at Trump supporters. Last July, Ron Johns, coordinator of Toledoans
for Trump, said Gerken called him and other group members “motherf—ers” at a rally
for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. “This was directed toward me. [And] I never met this guy. He was just yelling at us,” Johns said then,
according to The Blade. “Pete was visibly angry as he left the Warren
speech. It seems as though he waited to approach us
as about 2 minutes prior … Pete Gerken stormed by us in a blue shirt and black pants and
yelled ‘some are sicker than others, mother—-ers.’ After that he just kept walking, visibly irritated,”
a statement from Johns said. “Most of us were extremely shocked anyone
would talk to us that way, especially an elected official,” Johns said. Gerken recalled some of the incident. “I walked by and I said, ‘Some are sicker
than others.’ It was in the middle of a raging storm. I don’t remember saying the M-word. I [also] don’t remember what they said in
response, though there were angry words said to me. But I just kept on moving,” he said. “But there is one thing I want to clarify,”
Gerken said. “Regardless of the words that were exchanged,
I do think that President Trump is a sick leader who is sickening our nation. Any comments were directed at Trump and not
at the individuals at the rally. And I respect their right to free speech,
and I hope they respect mine.” Johns said the incident came as a shock. “We were just surprised that a county commissioner
would say this to us just because he disagrees with us. It was an extreme case of Trump Derangement
Syndrome. We were just sitting there, holding American
flags and Trump flags, supporting our president, who was duly elected,” he said.

One Reply to “Dem Commissioner’s Daughter Arrested While Protesting Trump Speech”

  1. Stay strong Gerken family. You are fighting the good fight. Here's a quote from a man who knew a lot about being attacked by the powerfully corrupt. "When I despair I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it . . . always." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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