Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was forced to leave a restaurant in Louisville, Ky., on July 9, when protesters heckled him by shouting “No justice, no peace” from outside the establishment, while a host employed by the restaurant blasted Public Enemy’s 1989 anthem “Fight the Power” from a speaker inside.
According to an account of the incident in the Courier-Journal, the restaurant, Sarino, was hosting trivia that evening and the trivia host “rolled out his speaker to disrupt the senator while he ate.” Protesters opposed to President Trump’s immigration policies entered the restaurant, but were quickly escorted out and continued their protest outside. McConnell soon left the premises by the back door.
Part of the incident was captured in a video posted on Twitter.
It was the second time in two days protesters interrupted McConnell during a meal. The senator was eating lunch on July 8 when he was confronted by another group opposed to the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their families.
The use of “Fight the Power” in this protest was particularly apropos since PE leader Chuck D has repeatedly spoken out against the Trump administration and its policies on immigration and refugees, from the first days Trump was in power. He has also accused the administration of protecting the National Rifle Association (which he called a “terrorist organization”) in the wake of several mass shootings in the U.S.
Most notably, in 2017, Chuck D called President Donald Trump a white supremacist in an incendiary editorial on The Daily Beast website. “Trump has no moral scruples, no ethics, no knowledge of laws,” he said in the piece. “Trump doesn’t know anything other than what he wants to know.”