We never would have predicted that Amtrak Northeast might have the Tweet of the Week, but they just might be awarded that distinction for this explanation for a DC delay:
Due to First Amendment-related events, customers are encouraged to allow extra time to get to Washington Union Station to board their train.
— Amtrak Northeast (@AmtrakNECAlerts) November 17, 2023
A “First Amendment-related event”? Well, we can be certain they’re not referring to a Trump rally or that tweet would no doubt be very different.
“First Amendment Related Events”
New “Fiery But Mostly Peaceful” has dropped pic.twitter.com/ycu37Flgu8
— Ben Zeisloft (@BenZeisloft) November 17, 2023
Like someone is reading the Declaration of Independence and holding everything up?
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) November 17, 2023
Apparently this is the “First Amendment-related event” Amtrak was talking about:
Hundreds of protesters calling for a cease-fire in Gaza gathered at Union Station in D.C. on Friday night, drawing a massive police presence and disrupting Metro service to the train station.
WTOP’s Scott Gelman reported Union Station was completely blocked off around 6:30 p.m. and that the demonstration began at the front of Union Station, but later moved to the side on First Street NE.
Crowds ultimately dissipated around 8 p.m., Gelman reported. Red Line trains had been bypassing the station, but regular service resumed after the crowds left.
First Amendment-related “crowds.”
Were people talking too loud in the quiet car?
— Enguerrand VII de Coucy (@ingelramdecoucy) November 17, 2023
You mean riots https://t.co/lZAVWsEmaO
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 17, 2023
Yeah, “riots” more closely describes what was happening.
Narrator: Blocking traffic and violating a host of other laws unrelated to any political dispute is not protected by the First Amendment. https://t.co/VZAJQyTpSV
— Ilya Shapiro (@ishapiro) November 18, 2023
Did the person who wrote that Amtrak tweet by any chance used to work for CNN?
— Damin Toell (@damintoell) November 17, 2023
“First Amendment-related event” could become a thing now:
“Sorry about the screaming and crying, fellow Target shoppers. My toddler is having a first amendment-related event.” https://t.co/PJ22JsnfFq
— Vanessa (@Nessakins_) November 18, 2023
You can’t make this stuff up.
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