John Hugh Gilmore, Minnesota Conservatives blogger, arrested for harassing Muslim women [VIDEO]

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Andrew Breitbart did not swoop in to save Minnesotan blogger John Hugh Gilmore from a little jail time.
After two women in traditional Muslim headscarves were harassed by a man taking their picture and demanding to know why they were in his country, a legion of helpful bystanders stepped in to help, ultimately calling the cops.

What no one realized at the time is that the man was John Hugh Gilmore, the author of the right-wing blog Minnesota Conservatives. And we just got our hands on his mugshot.

Gilmore is an attorney in St. Paul and created Minnesota Conservatives in 2008, where he's promoted Marty Seifert, Tom Emmer and, most recently, applauded Sen. David Hann for calling Archbishop John Nienstedt a socialist sympathizer.

Here's what happened. Elisabeth Geschiere, a pedi-cab driver, was working on Nicollet Mall when she recognized a friend, Jamila Boudlali, standing outside of the Dakota Jazz club. She came over and started talking with Boudlali, and her friend Anwar Hijaz, who were downtown for an afterparty for Netroots Nation, the progressive political blogging conference. Both Hijaz and Boudlali were wearing Muslim headscarves.

That apparently attracted the attention of a gray-haired man -- 52-year-old Gilmore -- who suddenly approached the trio and said the name, "Ayan Hersi Ali." Ali is a vocal, female critic of Islam. The three women tried to brush him off, saying they did not want to debate with him.

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John Hugh Gilmore
And that, according to cops and witnesses, is when Gilmore became belligerent, taking photos of the women, and demanding to know why they were in the U.S. Geschiere says when she asked him to stop taking their photo, things only escalated.

"He started saying things like, 'This is America, welcome to America, this is the western world,'" says Geschiere. "So I immediately retorted like, 'Dude, we all grew up in America.'"

As bystanders started to intervene, the shouting ramped up, and Gilmore started pacing around the crowd and yelling "Andrew Breitbart -- hello!" into his phone. That was the first time, says witness and visiting Netroots Nation-attendee Matt Glazer, that he realized the man was a conservative.

"He made it sound like he was about to hurt people, so then that's when I called the police," says Glazer.

Police arrested him after he threatened a bystander and wandered away into The News Room bar. When confronted by cops, Sgt. William Palmer says Gilmore was uncooperative and "didn't want to leave." He characterized Gilmore as "drunk."

The whole drama landed Gilmore in Hennepin County Jail with one count of disorderly conduct and another count for being uncooperative during his arrest.

You can also catch the tail end of the bizarre confrontation in this YouTube clip, in which Gilmore apparently pretends to call Andrew Breitbart for help:

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Jasongascoigne
Jasongascoigne

I think everyone involved was acting childish. People need to realize their enemy isn't a different race, religion, or political party. The enemy is the wall street banks that have woven a web of corruption around America and the globe(gold man Sachs, Citibank, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, etc. And their major stockholders, and the oil barons,(the rockafeller Rothschild, Reynolds, du pont, Russel, Collins, Clinton, van duyn, li, and the rest of the Illuminati families that run the Federal Reserve(the most sinister institution in America) you see these people control all the money. They own the machine that prints cash, they control gas prices and the economy/inflation and interest rates and they buy politicians. MAYOR ROTHSCHILD(RICHEST HUMAN BEING) SAID, "IF I CONTROL THE MONEY OF A NATION I CARE NOT WHO WRITES ITS LAWS" ... The federal reserve bank that prints 1s 5s 10s 20s etc. Is a private company not a federal institution like the treasury. Its the European bank tha t fiances our gobernment

Jasongascoigne infowars.com
Jasongascoigne infowars.com

These "Illuminati" bankers as they call themselves are trying to brainwash us all inti fighting each other over stupid issues and the pennies they leave at the table, using the propaganda machine also known as Hollywood (magic wands Rae made from Holly trees ;) 90%+ of Television PROGRAMMING is designed to PROGRAM you with misinformation or propaganda. Or as Morpheus would say " the matrix is very real Neo, its all around you, you can se it when you look out your window or turn on your TV. .... your a slave." YOUR CERTAINLY NOT FRE. THERE ARE LIKE 100000000 LAWS

Homie Barak
Homie Barak

Typical muslim troublemakers, they come over here, use our own laws against us in the name of jihad, fly planes into buildings, infiltrate the white house, and they wonder why no one likes terrorists!

Lillian Bradley
Lillian Bradley

When that woman stepped in front of him and kept him from passing she impeded his forward movement.  That is assault. 

Julie Meyer
Julie Meyer

Yes, I noticed that too.  That one woman kept getting in his way on purpose and then she kept telling him (yelling at him) to stop walking into her.

I believe the Minnesota police have a reputation of being Nazi like.  In America, at least according to the United States Constitution, you can talk to anyone you like for any reason you like.  Many people may not agree with what the man said to the Muslim women but under the United States Constitution he has the right to talk to them or anyone for any reason.  If the Muslim woman asked him to go away or to stop talking to him if he kept on talking to them after they told him not to then at that point he would be harassing someone.  The day that a person can not go up to someone and talk to them, that is the day that the United States is dead.  If the Minnesota Police arrested him for talking to someone, it is the Minnesota Police who should be arrested and who are the criminals.

Ed F
Ed F

If he had just used his cell phone to show the women a picture of his penis, the libs would not be here giving him a hard time. LOL

Rachel Zemmer
Rachel Zemmer

Really nice family values and moral fiber here.  I sleep better at night knowing that there are people like him around to lead America back in the right direction...snort....(yes I AM being sarcastic!)       

Ed F
Ed F

Yeah, and the Koranimals have such GREAT family values.  Woman as property, rape and beat them as much as you like. Cliteroctomies.  Such a wonderful way to live. 

Triplecheese3
Triplecheese3

Gilmore the lifelong American tax payer gets arrested while many Muslim Somalians sit pretty with Section 8 living and free health care? Who gets the shaft, the lifelong American. Why? Because the employed have to support it, including Gilmore. Then there are the unemployed Minnesotan's who can't get the $10 an hour jobs because many Somalians get them first, yet our state (MN) expects the unemployed to pay property taxes? Not saying all Somalians are lazy, but I certainly see a lot of Somalian employees at our department stores on duty twiddling their thumbs barely able to speak English. Shame on you Minnesota, you deserve a government shut down! And that goes for your state, too.

RidIgnorance
RidIgnorance

The women who were harassed were not Somali. They are Arab and South Asian. The relevance of being Somali in this case is moot.  

Marc Cram
Marc Cram

A man who is afraid of a couple of women is scarves is really no man at all.

boxouts
boxouts

Still no video of the alleged event? The actual harassment? A small portion of it? Anything?I get that he is white, fat, middle aged, etc... which to racist means he is evil, so it's just assumed I guess.

jww
jww

You seem pretty desperate to defend this guy.

Steve Gibson
Steve Gibson

Actually, most comments on this blog seem pretty desperate to indite this guy.

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

The police certainly thought it was a credible complaint.

Steve Gibson
Steve Gibson

No. The police arrested the drunk for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Not for assault or harassment. Maybe the event did happen. Maybe the guy is a total tool but people here are bringing down harsh judgements based on what?

motorfingaz
motorfingaz

Just more proof that conservatism is a mental illness!!

motorfingaz
motorfingaz

" He characterized Gilmore as "drunk."*YES!! He's drunk with ignorance and hate!!!*

"The whole drama landed Gilmore in Hennepin County Jail with one count of disorderly conduct and another count for being uncooperative during his arrest."

*He should be arrested for assault and resisting arrest!!!!!*

boxouts
boxouts

Perhaps he should be trialed and some kind of evidence presented?

Impeach Hussein
Impeach Hussein

Good for him. Islam is an absolutely evil religion that needs to be utterly annihilated in order for humanity to progress. How anyone with an IQ above 85 could choose to be a muslim completely baffles me. And females who willingly choose to submit to islamic oppression by wearing hijabs and burqas is vomit inducing.

Roe Pressley
Roe Pressley

Wow. You're a fascist and are advocating religious genocide (religiocide?...) Yep, you're a real credit to conservatives.

zerofor
zerofor

We could have a real good time and say the same about Chasidic Jews, Mormons, Catholics, most Protestants, Tibetan Buddhists, etc.

Erock from Lyndale
Erock from Lyndale

Unrelated, but every time I see 10th and Nicollet it makes me miss Let it Be Records.

Also, this dude is a dick.

Guy
Guy

I don't know this guy's entire background, but I do know he's a white American male in Minnesota and, therefore, has had a pretty awesome life, and I know that one of the most difficult jobs on the planet is being a Muslim woman. So this guy and people who think like him should probably just fuck off, in my humble opinion.

Impeach Hussein
Impeach Hussein

Interesting how the supposed anti-bigots are full of hatred for white males. And yes, being a muslim female is indeed difficult. They're treated as little more than sex slaves, really.

In islam, muslim females are clearly stated to be worth less than muslim males.

In order to prove that they were raped, they have to provide 4 male witnesses. If they can't, they'll be stoned to death for adultery.

Wife beating is permitted in islam.

Muslim females aren't allowed to marry non-muslim males while muslim males are allowed to marry non-muslims females.

Muslim males can marry up to 4 females and have as many sex slaves as they wish.

The legal age for marriage in islam is 9 and is often younger in practice.

Muslim females have to tolerate arranged marriages - often to their own cousins.

They're often not allowed to leave the house without the permission of male relatives.

They're often not allowed to get an education or even to drive in Saudi Arabia.

They're often the victims of honor killings.

They're not allowed to criticize or leave their religion or they'll be killed.

Etc.

Roe Pressley
Roe Pressley

First, you're generalizing. Laws vary between countries. Are you talking about Saudi Arabia? Yeah, they're very fucked up and no one can justify it. Fuck Saudi. If we should be at war with anyone for oil, it's them.

You'll find justifications for much of this same shit in the Bible, especially the Old Testament. What is written in the book is not always what's important. It's what the people practice. And the vast majority of Muslims do not do most of these things, just as the vast majority of Christians don't sell their daughters into slavery or stone someone to death for working on the Sabbath.

Ed F
Ed F

Any woman in the U.S. who thinks living like a slave following some religion designed to keep them as property should be hospitalized for observation. They are obviously mentally ill.

boxouts
boxouts

So 60 or so people witnessed this harassment but no one took a video? No one!

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

Uh no. According to the article, the harassment appears to have occurred when it was just the three friends talking, which drew a crowd. 

Unless one of the three friends were recording the other two talking...it seems hard to believe they'd have a video.

boxouts
boxouts

So if I saw someone harassing someone I would likely video the incident. I would think that someone in the crowd drawing around would have video. With 60 purported people drawing around to witness it is almost inconceivable that no one would have caught at least a portion of the harassment. 

Phoenix Woman
Phoenix Woman

Scroll up, young man.

boxouts
boxouts

Seems like there were enough people that someone would have caught the alleged incident on video. The video above just shows a crowd of people taunting a drunk guy who is playing on his phone.

DocKozy
DocKozy

This man has no penis.

Phoenix Woman
Phoenix Woman

The guy is a big-time MN GOP insider.  I have an article on this over at my home blog, Mercury Rising, as well as at MyFDL.  But of course CP won't let me post links.

boxouts
boxouts

Do you have a video of the man spewing his hate and invective at the defenseless Hijab wearing women? I have been looking for one all over.

Phoenix Woman
Phoenix Woman

Scroll up and you shall find!

boxouts
boxouts

Yes, I watched the video that showed "moments after" the drunk dude reacting to a crowd. I was just wondering if anyone actually had the alleged incident on video.

Dyadko Balaklava
Dyadko Balaklava

1474 Minnesotans died in World War Two to protect us from fascism. Now we've let the racist hatemongers take over the legislature and most of the media. John Hugh Gilmore should be sent to Poland for ten years to maintain the grounds at Auschwitz and think about his crimes.

Ed F
Ed F

You should go back to school to learn the definition of the word "racism",  Brainiac

Impeach Hussein
Impeach Hussein

Islam isn't a race you leftist retard. And Nazism is short for National Socialism. And Mussolini was a life long socialist as well. Perhaps you should be sent to Pakistan, Egypt, Iran, etc, to live as a non-muslim.

Guest
Guest

Wow you're the idiot and clearly you only use a word that is demeaning to mentally handicapped people and just plain rude (retard).  Why don't you study the dictionary a little bit and understand where Dyadko Balaklava is coming from in saying that in this case John Hugh Gilmore is in fact a racist hate monger.  This would be supported by the evidence of him saying "this is America" and "go back to your country", etc.  Maybe you're too shortsighted and simpleminded to realize this and should study previous history such as the civil rights movement to gain a better understanding of bigotry.  And who cares that you know what Nazism is short for.  Do you even understand what World War II meant.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

WWII meant rounding up American Citizens (the japanese americans) according to FDR!All the woman and the guy need a shrink!

boxouts
boxouts

Perhaps a trial or evidence?

Sven
Sven

I don't understand why the chick at the end is wearing Muslim headgear. Aren't we living in a post-religion world?

Such a shame that a supposed "progressive" is defending religion. Love that my fellow liberals speak out against the perils of Christianity but why do they ignore a religion that is so much worse?

Guy
Guy

There is a point to be made about American Progressives who trash Christianity but defend Islam, but there's a great difference between holding the opinion that Muslim women should ditch the head scarf (and that Muslims in general should lighten up about a lot of things) and threateningly berating Muslim women on an American city street. I think the guy's delivery method is more at issue here than his actual opinions.

zerofor
zerofor

Um...there are progressives that make careers out of pointing out that sort of thing. Ever heard of Amnesty International?

webcelt
webcelt

Because of course harassing people is the best way to get them to wise up. No one else has to put on a headscarf, so I don't see why she can't dress how she wants.

Ed F
Ed F

Using your logic, I should be able to complain if I am not allowed to wear a ski mask when I go into a bank.  Guess what, their religion does NOT require them to wear those ridiculous outfits.  Wanna dress like a goat herder?  Go back to the "turd world"

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

How is this news? It's this sorta what we expect? What is the next headline, "Water wet"

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