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Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz hit by flying drink cup

House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)  (File photo)
Posted at 8:12 PM, Jun 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-02 20:12:30-04

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida congressman who frequently appears on television supporting President Donald Trump was struck by a thrown drink as he left a town hall.

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz wasn't injured Saturday when he was struck by a plastic cup lobbed by a protester in Pensacola, Florida.

Video posted online shows the second-term Republican leaving a coffee house while about 20 protesters chant their opposition. The cup struck him in the back.

Amanda Kondrat'yev was charged with misdemeanor battery and released on $1,000 bond. She briefly ran against Gaetz in 2016 before dropping out.

Amanda Kondrat'yev
Amanda Kondrat'yev

Gaetz tweeted about the incident saying, "Clearly it takes more than a drink to slow down our great team."