When Vice President Joe Biden’s son Beau Biden recently died of brain cancer, Americans from all-sides of the political spectrum came together to mourn the respected war veteran.
Of course, because Biden served our country in the military, members of the Westboro Baptist Church showed up to his funeral to boycott it. However, they weren’t counting on Vietnam War veteran Richard Pierce launching a counter-protest.
Even though he is a Republican who would never vote for Joe Biden, 64 year-old Marine veteran Pierce was one of 300 to show up to the funeral to launch a counter-demonstration in an attempt to drown out the Westboro Baptist Church members. Pierce was hoping to ensure that Biden’s funeral procession was not disturbed, but when he saw protesters stomping on the American flag, he knew he had to do something.
“It was not my intention to cause a problem,” Pierce said. “However, when I saw the young lady walking across the highway, dragging our flag under her feet, I lost my temper and the only way that I could demonstrate that is spill my coffee on them.”
Pierce threw his Dunkin Donuts coffee at two protesters stomping on the flag, leaving them both stunned and drenched.
“So many people have died in defense of that flag,” Pierce said. “I don’t care who you are, you are not going to disrespect the flag. And if I have to go to jail to defend that flag, I’m going to do it. I take that very strongly.”
Though Pierce has since been charged with disorderly conduct, he is being applauded by Americans everywhere, even politicians.
“I would like to get in touch with Richard Pierce … somehow if you could give him my info I would like to buy him a gift card for maybe Dunkin Donuts for the service he gave to this country in Viet Nam and for the coffee he spilled on those protesters at the Biden funeral,” Brooklyn resident Peter Orsi wrote online.
“Your decision to peacefully stand up to protect the Biden family from the hateful words and signs that those nitwits from Westboro Church were displaying shows the class and respect that we feel should be shown when a family and state is mourning their loss,” Delaware House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, a Democrat, commented.
“I know the Biden family is not in a position to comment on what you did yesterday, but I would like to say thank you for standing up for all of us,” he added. “With the exception of the spilled coffee, you pulled off a victory over hate and ignorance. By the way, if that gentleman is found guilty I would like to pay his fine.”
We applaud Pierce for taking a stand in the name of our country, and a fallen veteran.