Conservative blogger and St. Paul attorney John H. Gilmore spent a night in jail after a sidewalk confrontation on Nicollet Mall with two women wearing traditional Muslim dress.
City Pages –According to police reports, Gilmore, 52, the author of the right-wing blog Minnesota Conservatives blog, called out the name of a well-known critic of Islam, author and ex-Muslim, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, to the women as they crossed paths on the sidewalk near the Dakota Jazz Bar and Restaurant Thursday night. (So, now saying the name of an ex-Muslim who criticizes Islam can get you arrested? What can you expect in a state that elected a Muslim terrorist supporter, Keith Ellison, to Congress)
Here’s what happened. Elisabeth Geschiere, a pedi-cab driver, was working on Nicollet Mall when she recognized a friend, Jamila Boudlali, standing outside of the Dakota Jazz club. She came over and started talking with Boudlali, and her friend Anwar Hijaz, who were downtown for an afterparty for Far Left Wing Netroots Nation, the progressive political blogging conference. Both Hijaz and Boudlali were wearing Muslim headscarves.
That apparently attracted the attention of a gray-haired man — 52-year-old Gilmore — who suddenly approached the trio and said the name Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Ali is a vocal, female critic of Islam. The three women tried to brush him off, saying they did not want to debate with him.
And that, according to cops and witnesses, is when Gilmore became belligerent, taking photos of the women, and demanding to know why they were in the U.S. Geschiere says when she asked him to stop taking their photo, things only escalated.
“He started saying things like, ‘This is America, welcome to America, this is the western world,'” says Geschiere. “So I immediately retorted like, ‘Dude, we all grew up in America.'”
Witness and visiting Leftwing Loon and Netroots Nation-attendee Matt Glazer, said “He made it sound like he was about to hurt people, so then that’s when I called the police,” says Glazer. When confronted by cops, Sgt. William Palmer says Gilmore was uncooperative and “didn’t want to leave.” He characterized Gilmore as “drunk.”