64-year-old retired U.S. Marine and Vietnam veteran, Richard Pierce, attended a counter-protest to one being held by the deplorable Westboro Baptist Church members, taking place outside the funeral of Beau Biden, son of the Vice President.
Pierce watched one of the Westboro protesters dragging an American flag on the ground, something that caused him – by his own admission – to snap.
Via the Blaze:
Pierce’s anger swelled as he watched a female protester “walking across the highway, dragging our flag under her feet.” That’s when he “snapped.”
I lost my temper and the only way that I could demonstrate that is spill my coffee on them,” he recalled to the News Journal. But really, he threw his cup of coffee at two of the protesters.
A nearby officer reportedly arrested Pierce and he was charged with disorderly conduct. The only thing he regrets, however, is giving a platform to Westboro.
Check out this local news report on the incident, complete with comments from Pierce himself…
“So many people have died in defense of that flag. I don’t care who you are, you are not going to disrespect the flag. And if I have to go to jail to defend that flag, I’m going to do it,” he said. “I take that very strongly.”
Delaware House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf praised Pierce for defending the Biden family during a difficult time.
“With the exception of the spilled coffee, you pulled off a victory over hate and ignorance,” Schwartzkopf said.
Adding, “By the way, if that gentleman is found guilty I would like to pay his fine.”
Comment: What do you think of this retired Marine’s actions? Too far, or do the Westboro protesters need some comeuppance?