For the Occupiers and their supporters news can’t get any worse than this.
(ABC News) — A 21-year-old Idaho man suspected of firing a semi-automatic rifle at the White House was arrested today, authorities said.
“On Wednesday afternoon at approximately 12:35 p.m. EST, based on information generated by Secret Service agents from the Pittsburgh Field Office, Pennsylvania State Police Troop A located and arrested Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez at a hotel near Indiana, Pa.,” according to a statement from Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Edwin Donovan.
Authorities suspect Ortega-Hernandez had been in the area for weeks, coming back and forth to the Washington Mall. Before the shooting, he was detained by local police at an abandoned house. U.S. Park police say Ortega may have spent time with Occupy D.C. protesters.
Even Politico’s liberal Ben Smith can’t deny the obvious:
The mirror-image campaigns to tar the Tea Party and the “Occupy” movement are based, in no small part, on guilt by association. But nobody anywhere near the Tea Party ever took a shot at the White House.