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A Florida woman was sentenced on Monday to 15 days in prison for throwing a slushie at Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.).
In June, Amanda Kondrat’yev tossed her red slushie at Gaetz following an event in Pensacola, Florida. In addition to prison time, Kondrat’yev said she also received one year of probation and a $500 fine.
“Thank you to everyone that helped me through this SlushieGate madness…” Kondrat’yev tweeted. “15 days jail, 1 year probation, $500 fine. Not ideal, but I will survive.”
Thank you to everyone that helped me through this SlushieGate madness. Special thanks to Eric Stevenson of @StevensonKlotz, and to all my friends and family that were with me in person or in spirit.— Amanda Kondrat'yev (@manderwall) November 19, 2019
15 days jail, 1 yr probation, $500 fine. Not ideal, but I will survive. pic.twitter.com/QAsGAMYzq0
A video posted to Twitter shows the moment Gaetz is hit with the slushie as he is walking through a crowd of protesters. In a YouTube video posted by the Northwest Florida Daily News, Gaetz can be seen getting hit with the slushie from a different angle.
The YouTube video also caught Kondrat’yev’s arrest. Kondrat’yev was charged with assaulting a Member of Congress; she pleaded guilty in August.
Matt Gaetz got milkshaked in Pensacola pic.twitter.com/yqz3bPgjw5— jordan (@JordanUhl) June 1, 2019
One of Gaetz’s detail officers arrested Kondrat’yev as she was trying to flee the scene, according to NBC News. Kondrat’yev was holding a “Gaetz – wipe the blood from your hands, A+ rating – NRA, save our kids vote Gaetz out in 2020″ sign at the protest.
“Clearly it takes more than a drink to slow down our great team. We are always thankful to the brave law enforcement officials who keep everyone safe at our events,” Gaetz tweeted in June.
Clearly it takes more than a drink to slow down our great team.— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) June 1, 2019
We are always thankful to the brave law enforcement officials who keep everyone safe at our events. https://t.co/njWuBquiRs
Kondrat’yev’s political background doesn’t just extend to throwing slushies at the lawmakers. She ran as a Democratic nominee against Gaetz in the 2016 election, before dropping out of the race.
Her Twitter bio roasts Gaetz over his lax gun control stance.
“Matt Gaetz thinks cups are deadly weapons but guns are cool for school,” her bio reads.
Kondrat’yev’s sentence begins on Dec. 2.
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H/T NBC News
Libby Cohen is a third-year University of Texas student originally from New Jersey. She has written for ORANGE Magazine, the Daily Texan, and most recently interned for 1010 WINS in NYC. She's now back in Austin writing for the Texas Standard and the Daily Dot.