A Democratic senator's intern has been suspended over two words that matter as much as their target. Caitlin Marriott was heard on video yelling, "Mr. President, f--- you!" in the rotunda of the US Capitol on June 19, seconds before President Trump passed by en route to a meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan, per USA Today. Though Fox News reports the 21-year-old's "impulsive" act came after she was "egged on" by fellow interns, "we suspended her for a week, and we took away the badge that allows her to travel freely in the Capitol complex, which means that she will be highly restricted for the remainder of her internship," New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan tells the Washington Post. Per Fox, Marriott will work in Hassan's office through August after authorities found she didn't pose a threat to Trump.
In a Tuesday statement, Hassan says Marriott's comment "violated the standards of our office about appropriate conduct." But "this behavior shouldn't be equated with the president's destructive and divisive actions, like ripping health-care away from people." She adds Marriott "immediately accepted responsibility for her actions and is facing consequences for them. The president is doing neither." A day earlier, Trump had tweeted an attack on Rep. Maxine Waters over her encouraging voters to push back against members of the Trump administration in public. "I strongly disagree with those who advocate harassing folks if they don't agree with you," Minority Leader Chuck Schumer added on the Senate floor Tuesday, per CNN. "If you disagree with a politician, organize your fellow citizens to action and vote them out of office." (Read more Capitol Hill stories.)