A staunch ally of former President Donald Trump says his family was “accosted” by a neighbor over the weekend, apparently over their conservative politics.
Matt Schlapp, a Republican lobbyist and father of five, revealed in a Saturday tweet that his wife and two youngest daughters, ages 9 and 10, had been verbally attacked. “No one should tell a 9-year-old to f*** off,” he wrote in a subsequent tweet. “No one. Especially over politics.”
“Leave my girls alone”
It was just after 5 p.m. in Washington on Saturday that Schlapp broke the news. “My wonderful wife and my two youngest girls, 9 and 10, were accosted by one of our neighbors, a few doors away,” the Republican wrote.
“When either side turns their politics into intimidation it is wrong,” he added. “In this case it may well be a crime. Disagree [with] me all you want but leave my girls alone. I mean it[.]”
In his later tweet, Schlapp said he would let the incident go if his neighbor apologized “in person.”
If this “neighbor” apologizes in person to my wife and two young girls it would be accepted. No one should tell a 9 year old to f&@# off. No one. Especially over politics. If Democrats of stature act like this I really don’t want to hear about unity not one second more. https://t.co/WVGwWhECBm
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) January 30, 2021
“Maybe he has TDS”
What Schlapp won’t do, however, is reveal the identity of the neighbor in question, though Twitter users did press him on it.
“I won’t disclose who the person is,” Schlapp said in a tweet Sunday. “Strange thing [is] I met him once and he seemed decent. Maybe he had a bad day. Maybe he has TDS [Trump Derangement Syndrome]. We wish him no harm and no one else should either. I just want my kids to feel safe and welcome again.”
Schlapp went on: “Maybe it’s time to move away.”
A disturbing trend
Sadly, it’s not the first time we’ve seen a conservative face verbal abuse in their own neighborhood on account of their politics.
Just last week, the Washington Examiner spoke with former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican who said his family had faced death threats for his work early in Trump’s administration.
“People were threatening to murder my children,” Pai told the Examiner. “So, my son, who was in kindergarten at the time, couldn’t take the school bus to school for that entire year… I had to spend thousands of dollars out of my own pocket for a home security system, my personal email account was hacked, my in-laws would get calls at three in the morning, cursing them out for no reason at all.”