While spending the Thanksgiving holiday in Nantucket, President Biden and his family engaged in their annual post-Thanksgiving tradition of spending Friday strolling through Nantucket, eating lunch in a restaurant and visiting shops before attending the town’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony, the Associated Press reported.
However, this year’s Biden Thanksgiving Tradition was marred by hecklers who dogged the president in the streets of Nantucket to protest his support for Israel and call for a ceasefire.
The Washington Examiner reported that as the President and first lady walked through town on their way to lunch, they were heckled by a small group of protesters shouting “Free Palestine” and “ceasefire.”
In video footage of the incident, one woman could be heard shouting, “Ceasefire! Ceasefire!” as the Bidens made their way to the restaurant Brotherhood of the Thieves.
Later that evening, the Biden family joined Nantucketers for the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, and again, a small group of protesters turned up holding signs reading, “Free Palestine.”
Later during the ceremony, video footage showed the protesters chanting, “Biden, Biden. You can’t hide. We charge you with genocide.”
An organizer for the holiday event told the disruptive protesters, “We respect your right to free speech,” and asked them to stop. However, according to pool reports, the protesters did not stop.
Pro-Hamas protesters also disrupted the annual tree-lighting ceremony in New York City’s Rockefeller Center on Wednesday, November 29.
According to CBS News, seven people were arrested just a few blocks from Rockefeller Center when the protest turned violent.
Since the protest was planned, the NYPD had increased security on hand to respond. Despite the added security, protesters broke through police barricades and surrounded and fought with officers.
One protester was charged with felony criminal mischief while the other six protesters were issued desk appearance tickets. One of the six, a 15-year-old, was also issued a juvenile report.