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Harris Heckled: Democrat Disrupts VP’s Holiday Speech

By CM Chaney · December 13, 2023

In brief…

  • Rep. Wilson-Anton interrupts Harris holiday speech, unfurling “ceasefire” banner
  • Demands Harris call for end to deadly Israeli bombing campaign in Gaza
  • Over 18,000 Palestinians killed in recent strikes, per health officials
  • Part of growing demands within Democratic Party for U.S. to act
  • Temporary 7-day ceasefire allowing aid into Gaza recently expired
Delaware Rep. Madinah Wilson-Anton disrupted a Kamala Harris holiday speech demanding the Vice President call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza as Israeli airstrikes have killed over 18,000 Palestinians.  Senate Democrats / Wikimedia

Vice President Kamala Harris was interrupted by a Democratic lawmaker during a holiday event at her residence on Monday, demanding she call for a ceasefire in Gaza amid ongoing deadly Israeli airstrikes.

Harris was delivering a speech at her home at the Naval Observatory in Washington D.C., where she and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff were hosting festivities. That’s when Delaware Rep. Madinah Wilson-Anton, 30, suddenly unfurled a “ceasefire” banner and shouted at the Vice President.

“Madam Vice President, I am a rep from Delaware. Did you know in Bethlehem they are not celebrating Christmas? Did you know in Bethlehem, baby Jesus is under rubble? Why won’t you call for a cease-fire?” Wilson-Anton yelled out before being escorted from the room.

Harris responded firmly during the outburst, “I appreciate you wanting to be heard, but right now I’m speaking.”

Wilson-Anton shared a video of the incident on X.

Wilson-Anton, elected in 2021 as Delaware’s first Muslim state representative, previously worked at the University of Delaware’s Biden Institute.

She joins other progressive lawmakers urging an immediate ceasefire in Gaza as over 18,000 Palestinians have been killed in recent Israeli bombing, per health officials.

The White House has pressed for humanitarian pauses but stopped short of demanding a full ceasefire. Her disruption follows a letter from 40 White House interns also demanding U.S. action.

A temporary 7-day ceasefire allowing humanitarian aid into Gaza expired December 1st.