Loudoun School Board Member Charged with Trespassing at Trump Rally

Broad Run District School Board member Joy Maloney was arrested and released today after she allegedly tried to prevent Donald Trump supporters from entering Briar Woods High School to attend the candidate’s rally.

According to Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kraig Troxell, around 8:45 a.m., deputies assigned to the event were made aware that an adult female interfered with the line waiting to get inside. Maloney, 45, of Broadlands, reportedly stepped in front of several attendees waiting to go inside. She was asked to go back in line. She refused to do so before and then sat on the ground.

Organizers then revoked her ticket and she continued to refuse to leave.

Maloney, wearing a “Love Trumps Hate” sticker, was charged with trespassing and taken into custody. A magistrate released her on a $1,000 unsecured bond.

Maloney has denied that she tried to prevent people entering the school, and said she has been conferring with Leesburg attorney Alex Levay.

There were no other arrests at today’s campaign event.

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  • 2016-08-03 at 6:08 pm

    Stunned RDJ… Stunned you’d even attempt to defend the sort of behavior which led to the arrest of an elected official. Elected officials must be held to a higher standard, and Maloney is no exception. It’s not as if she’s Hillary Clinton or anything…

    Do you have any idea how hard it is to get arrested by the Sheriff’s office? Generally, they will cut you every break in the world so long as you conduct yourself in a reasonable manner. Obviously, Maloney disregarded them in the extreme. Otherwise, Loudoun citizens would have avoided the humiliating photo of Maloney.

  • 2016-08-03 at 3:55 pm

    Ms. Maloney did not do “EXACTLY the right things.”

    I have sympathy for Ms. Maloney’s apparent feelings towards Trump, but if we go along with the narrative presented below, of a person losing her place in line, then we are presented not with protest, but petulance. And a government representative who seems to have forgotten about the natural and constitutional rights of her neighbors and students.

    The reporter “pulled” her out of line? The VOA video seems to show she “chose” to step out of line, and any of us who have gone to concerts or the DMV or Harris Teeter know the risks of stepping out of line. Despite that, I would have gotten out of line as well, given the chance to be interviewed by a national news outlet (Ms. Maloney’s “sign” would appear to indicate she had something to say). It’s also clear from the video that she may not have been aware that the line began moving shortly after she began talking with the reporter, perhaps leaving her a bit flustered and perplexed when she realized her spot in the queue was at risk.

    Having stood in the same line for over two hours myself, I’m pretty sure if she had just stayed in line next to Mark she would have been fine. Instead, it appears she tried to reenter the line at her original spot (which is unsurprising and worth the try). I can understand her frustration if, indeed, people wouldn’t let her return to her “spot,” whether out of spite or sincere belief she was budging, but the adult thing to do would have been to leave, maturely acknowledging the misunderstanding. The adult thing to do was not to plop herself down on the ground—that’s pouting, not protesting.

    My ticket doesn’t state anything about having my attendance revoked at any time, but I know that “Paid for by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.” pretty much means it’s a private event, and I can be ejected at any time. It is no different than me pushing my way uninvited into a Sunday church service in the same auditorium. A school board member should know better.

    A characterization of her attempts to reenter the line and then plopping down on the ground as “standard practice in non-violent protests” is simply bizarre. What is she protesting? Being ejected from a private event for behavior the host finds objectionable? This isn’t an act of civil disobedience against an oppressive government, this is trespassing. Not only that, if her actions, whether intentional or not, impeded the progress of the line, then she was impeding the exercise of freedom of assembly and expression of the people in line, many of them likely her constituents.

    If Joy Maloney is a protester, then she is an elected official interfering with the rights of the people she represents.

    If Joy Maloney is a pouter, then she is a poor role model for the students she is representing.

    I freely acknowledge that I was too far down the line to witness this, so I don’t have all the facts, but I’m having a difficult time envisioning the situation where a government official can reasonably act this way. I would hope she would learn something from Donald Trump’s experience this past week, and swallow her pride and frustration, and simply apologize for causing a disturbance. That would be class, something Mr. Trump lacks. And it would be EXACTLY the right thing to do.

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  • 2016-08-03 at 12:51 pm

    Rdj clearly does not understand how these events work.

    If you hold a rally on public grounds (say a park), then anyone can be there.

    This event was not held at a public forum. It was private. The event organizers can restrict who can attend. They gave out tickets to their supporters. Ms. Maloney appears to have obtained one (not sure on this). Once they found out she was antagonizing Trump supporters (appears she was filming them and attempting to “shame” them), they asked her to leave. The event organizers were within their rights. Maloney was not.

    Maloney them proceeded to violate the commands of LCSO. She was arrested and could have been charged with resisting arrest. She was treated mildly to say the least.

    According to Rdj, anti-Hillary protesters should be able to scoop up all the tickets, infiltrate a pro-Hillary event on private property, and then demonstrate against her at her own event without the event organizers having any right to remove them from private grounds. This is laughable on its face. But that pretty much describes everything that comes out of Rdj’s mouth.

  • 2016-08-03 at 8:53 am

    The responses below are sadly typical of people who read into a story what they want to see, ignore the rest, and then build a narrative from that.

    Here’s what I saw in the video of VOA’s interview (see the web address below, if this site doesn’t remove it) with Ms. Maloney that they posted as a recorded, live feed on Facebook.

    Ms. Maloney was standing in a line that the VOA described as very long, snaking around the Briar Woods HS building. A VOA reporter pulled her out of the line to interview her, noting the “Love Trumps Hate” sticker she wore on her upper chest. And it was an interview – not just a single question.

    Ms. Maloney stated during the interview that she wasn’t sure what she was going to do, whether to attend the rally or not. Not once did she indicate an intent to impede the rally not prevent anyone else from attending. We clearly see people in the line filing past as the interview progresses.

    Now, what would one reasonably expect to happen after the video is over? Most likely, Ms. Maloney tried to reenter the line, if not in her original position, at least at the point where the reporter left her standing.

    How do you suppose those who remained in line responded to her attempt to reenter it? Well, as the Loudoun Times reported this, “Maloney, according to Troxell, reportedly stepped in front of several attendees waiting to go inside. She was asked to go back in line and refused to do so before sitting on the ground.”

    This sounds an awful lot like people not letting her back in line and NOT like Ms. Maloney attempting to impede anything. Yet the response from “event organizers” to a critic was reportedly “As this was a private event contracted through Loudoun County Public Schools, the organizers revoked her ticket and she continued to refuse to leave the premises”.

    So, she evidently did what is standard practice in non-violent protests when faced with attempts to “remove” them: “Maloney, 45, of Broadlands, was charged with trespassing and taken into custody after she continued to remain seated and refused to leave. Maloney was taken before a Loudoun Magistrate and released on a $1,000 unsecured bond.”

    Seriously?! Now THAT’s an awful example for our kids: NOT Ms. Maloney’s behavior, as so many self-righteous people are crowing while calling for her removal from office, but the behavior of the people in line, the event organizers, and the Sheriff’s office.

    Ms. Maloney did EXACTLY the right things, and the others involved in the incident – including many media organizations who evidently failed to report it accurately – did not.

    Please, PLEASE get out and vote in November, up and show all of the candidates – up and down the ticket – that these people are not who we are, are NOT the true majority in Loudoun County nor throughout America. Yes, we must “take back” America, but not in the reprehensible ways they seek.

    Web address of VOA interview showing people filing past: https://www.facebook.com/voiceofamerica/videos/10153909710078074/

  • 2016-08-03 at 8:19 am

    It appears that the Loudoun County Public School system does not believe in teaching our children about our Constitution’s First Amendment – the right to free speech and the right to peaceful assembly. I’m thinking maybe we should relocate, if this is the kind of person we have on our school board. How do we get rid of her, and get someone more educated and rational to take her place?

  • 2016-08-02 at 10:30 pm

    How proud her family, co-workers and friends must be to see her in this “position”. I wonder if she will have framed prints made that she can autograph and hand out or will she wait for her booking photos to become available? When Paul the Apostle wrote about one of the Fruits of the Spirit being “Joy” I am sure he didn’t have this “Joy” in mind.

  • 2016-08-02 at 5:15 pm

    And what possible explanation could there be Mr. McKeon? She stubbed her toe? Sprained her ankle perhaps?

    Or is it more in line with the previous poster’s excellent evaluation: Joy Maloney is committed to suppressing the civil rights of others based on her own self-proclaimed moral superiority? And she did so in the worst possible historical context: Another democrat — Standing in the school house door, attempting to deny civil rights to others.

    D or R, or YYZ… it doesn’t matter; this is a disgrace to all of Loudoun’s citizens. She needs to resign.

    Charlie, I have a hunch, if say… Del. LeRock (famous left wing boogey man) stood in the door of a school where Clinton was about to speak, you wouldn’t be asking for any “explanations.” You’d be out of your gourd demanding he step down. And I’d be right there with ya. Such actions are completely unacceptable.

  • 2016-08-02 at 4:25 pm

    Check back in after Loudoun Now gets an explanation from school supervisor Joy Maloney.

  • 2016-08-02 at 3:10 pm

    I recognize that people dislike candidates who seek public office. And Clinton and Trump are both highly disliked by a majority of Americans. But it is frightening any time a person or group of people attempt to censor speech or deny people their rights, because of self-righteousness and arrogance.

    Regardless of what you believe, trying to control the thoughts and actions of others does not make you more of an American, or hold you out as morally superior or more conscientious than your fellow citizen. It only shows you are intellectually immature, and willing to walk a path to fascism to get what you want. ‪#‎election2016‬

  • 2016-08-02 at 2:06 pm

    Ah yes. Yet another democrat standing in the school house door in order to deny others their civil rights.

    What is it with leftists and their hatred for freedom of speech?

  • 2016-08-02 at 1:12 pm

    I find it very ironic that the Loudoun School Board issued a no-trespassing notice to me when I not only have passed multiple in-depth DoD investigations with flying colors but have never disobeyed a command by LCSO or LCPS officials.

    Question: will Joy Maloney now be banned from her child’s own school?

    Note that Joy Maloney has federal civil rights charges pending against her for censoring speech. Once again, Maloney was trying to obstruct citizens’ rights to assemble and speak today. Anybody see a pattern?

    I gather she will have an easy time in Loudoun’s courts, unlike me. But in her federal case, that’s a different story (I am undefeated in both state and federal court outside Loudoun).

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