Activist actress Alyssa Milano was among 24 who were arrested during a protest outside of the White House demanding action on federal voting legislation.
Milano confirmed her arrest in a tweet where she said, “I was just arrested for demanding the Biden Administration and the Senate use their mandate to protect voting rights.”
Detractors descended on Milano’s tweet and offered their take on her arrest, the protest, and the federal voting legislation.
Twitter user Stuart Horton responded, “We Americans also shouldn’t have to worry about ballot stuffing, illegal votes. Everyone can get an ID an it should be required to vote. Way to many chances of fraud in mail on ballots. If I can wheelchair up to go cast my vote with my ID so cam Everyone else..”
We Americans also shouldn't have to worry about ballot stuffing, illegal votes. Everyone can get an ID an it should be required to vote. Way to many chances of fraud in mail on ballots. If I can wheelchair up to go cast my vote with my ID so cam Everyone else— Stuart Horton a.k.a Out26etya XB1 (@sdhorton63) October 20, 2021
Another Twitter user, “Jaihawkk for Congress,” noted the obvious lack of serious repercussions for her arrest, unlike the Jan. 6 arrestees.
“Someone ‘just arrested’ but still tweeting. Sounds like it was rough,” they said. Deadline reported that a U.S. Park Police officer warned the protesters that they risked arrest under a District of Columbia misdemeanor law that prohibits crowding or obstructing streets or sidewalks.
Sgt. Roselyn Norment, public information officer for U.S. Park Police, said that “a group affiliated with a permitted demonstration obstructed pedestrian traffic on the North White House sidewalk” and that 24 people were issued citations and then were released, according to Deadline.
Someone “just arrested” but still tweeting. Sounds like it was rough.— Jaihawkk for Congress (@Jaihawkk) October 20, 2021
Another Twitter user who described herself as an “independent” referred to her as “Alyssa ‘I was arrested for 1 minute’ Milano” in a reply.
She added a Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor GIF that read “That’s right That’s right We bad” while the duo was walking into a jail cell.
Alyssa “I was arrested for 1 minute” Milano 🤡🤣 pic.twitter.com/cpHcwhy7NM— Cherchez La Ghost (@nunyabiz55) October 19, 2021
Today, Milano retweeted a tweet by Michigan Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson where she said, “Thank you @Alyssa_Milano and @BeeForGeorgia and so many other leaders and advocates in DC demanding action. This is not a partisan issue, this is a democracy issue.”
Prior to that, Benson had tweeted “Our democracy must be accessible & secure to all. We must guarantee that no matter where you live or who you vote for, your vote will count & your voice will be heard. That’s why the US Senate must fulfill its Constitutional duty under the 14th Am & pass the #FreedomToVoteAct.”
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