President Trump's scandal-ridden EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt became the latest Trump administration official to be accosted by a random stranger while eating out in Washington, DC on Tuesday evening, when a woman, her young son in hand, approached his table and urged him to resign.
Kristin Mink, a 33-year-old mom from Silver Springs, Maryland, was eating lunch at area restaurant Teaism when she spotted Pruitt sitting three tables over. When her husband pointed Pruitt out to her, she told the New York Post that her initial reaction was "he's the worst." She then decided to confront him.
After sputtering out an introduction, the heavily tattooed Mink introduced Pruitt to her young son.
"Hi, uhm, I just wanted to urge you to resign because of what you’re doing to the environment..." she began, reading from her prepared remarks.
"This is my son, he loves animals, he loves clean air, he loves clean water," she said to Pruitt.
"So I would urge you to resign before your scandals push you out," she concluded.
Mink's husband recorded the video, which was later posted to Facebook.
Pruitt and his lunch guest reportedly left after the confrontation - though Pruitt's spokesman told the Post that his departure had nothing to do with Mink's confrontation.
"His leaving had nothing to do with the confrontation, he had simply finished his meal and needed to get back to the EPA for a briefing."
Mink explained that she has been protesting the Trump administration, and was arrested at the Hart Senate Office Building last week over Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy (that happened a week after Trump signed an executive order to cancel the policy).
Pruitt has joined a growing list of Trump administration officials who have either been openly heckled, or asked to leave restaurants in the Washington DC area. Sarah Huckabee Sanders was famously turned away from the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia by its owner last month, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielson was infamously heckled by a group of protesters who loudly interrupted her dinner. Trump aide Stephen Miller was also accused of being a "fascist" at a Mexican restaurant in the DC area. In response, Sanders has reportedly received Secret Service protection, the first press secretary ever to do so.
And now that these confrontations have become a trend, largely at the urging of such politicians as Maxine Waters, we wonder how long before they cross the line into outright assault?