One day after Broad Run District School Board member Joy Maloney was charged with trespassing at Donald Trump’s rally in Ashburn, the Loudoun County Republican Committee is calling on her to resign from office.
Maloney, a member of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee, was arrested and released after event organizers said she was attempting to prevent Trump supports from entering the rally at Briar Woods High School. According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, she refused to leave after having her entry ticket revoked and was then arrested. It was the only arrest during the rally, which attracted several groups of protesters.
Maloney denied impeding entry to the school.
“This is not about Donald Trump or even politics,” LCRC Chairman Will Estrada said in the statement. “Several other protestors peaceably demonstrated against Donald Trump. But not Joy Maloney. She acted in a way unbecoming of an elected member of a Loudoun County School Board. Today, the citizens of Loudoun County witnessed Ms. Maloney physically attempt to block Loudoun County citizens from exercising their Constitutional freedom to listen to a candidate running for President of the United States and decide for themselves what to think.”
Estrada compared Maloney’s alleged behavior with that of southern Democrats who opposed desegregation.
“There was once a dark time in our nation’s history during the Civil Rights era when elected officials physically blocked the doors to public schools,” Estrada continued. “Ms. Maloney’s behavior today is embarrassing, immature, and—as witnessed by her arrest today—illegal. This is the United States of America. Elected officials must never try to stop citizens from listening to a candidate for elected office.
“Furthermore, Ms. Maloney’s behavior today sets a poor example for the students of Loudoun County Public Schools. Not only did she physically block a public school door, but she trespassed, and then refused to respect our Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies and follow their instructions.”
The LCRC also called on Loudoun’s other elected Democrats to “publicly renounce the objectively unacceptable behavior of Ms. Maloney and to urge her to resign from her position on the school board for the good of Loudoun County’s Public Schools and the integrity of Broad Run’s school district.”