We’re loath to give putrid performance art troupe Westboro Baptist Church any more attention, but it warms us to the soul to learn that two of its minions were ceremoniously splashed with a cup of hot coffee cup on June 6.
After hearing that Westboro planned to crash Beau Biden’s funeral, 64-year-old retired U.S. Marine and Vietnam veteran Richard Pierce decided to attend a counter-protest to make sure everything went smoothly.
He had intended to “mind his own business,” but when he saw one of their haggy ranks dragging an American flag across the highway, he “snapped.”
“I lost my temper, and the only way that I could demonstrate that is spill my coffee on them,” he told USA Today. He was arrested shortly thereafter and charged with disorderly conduct, but c’mon: Totally worth it.
“So many people have died in defense of that flag,” he explained. “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.”
Below, watch Pierce patiently explain his motivations, eyes twinkling with impish vindication. (We love that dramatic shot of the empty coffee cup lying on the sidewalk.)