The Trumpazoids are out…
“I don’t know if he was there to kill me,” Melissa Harris-Perry wrote about the encounter Monday night in Iowa.
MSNBC anchor and Wake Forest University professor Melissa Harris-Perry was in her Iowa hotel lobby on Monday night when she said a man came dangerously close to her, threatening her incoherently and invoking Nazi Germany.
She traveled to Iowa with a group of 22 Wake Forest students as part of the university’s “Wake the Vote” program. The students were out watching the caucus results unfold.
Harris-Perry said she was glued to the lobby’s TV, only noticing the man when “he was standing right next to me, much closer than is ordinary or comfortable,” she wrote in a post on Wake Forest’s Anna Julia Cooper Center website.
He launched into a series of bizarre questions, asking her what she taught and how she could be “credentialed to be on MSNBC,” she said.
“The hairs on my arm stood on end. I ignored it. Told myself everything was ok,” she wrote.
His voice grew angry, she said.
“I just want you to know why I am doing this,” he told her.
She said she froze in place at that moment, terrified that he was about to reach for a knife, a gun or “worse.”
“I can’t hear all the words,” she wrote. “But I catch ‘Nazi Germany’ and I catch ‘rise to power.’ But I can’t move.”
She finally sprung into action, she said, and moved in order to create some distance between them.
Her friend took stock of what was unfolding, she said.
“Together we raise our voices and make a fuss. He turns. He runs out. He jumps in a car. He drives off.”
“I don’t know if he was there to kill me,” she wrote.