Liberals are always pointing fingers at anyone who disagrees with them. They will cry sexism, racism, or any of the other “isms” out there. They don’t base their stories on fact and instead use emotion to win their arguments. That’s why it was no surprise when Representative Sheila Jackson Lee from Texas made a huge scene on December 18.
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee made a major scene on a United Airlines trip. The congresswoman was accused by another passenger of being bumped from first-class because of her. Of course, Jackson claimed that the complaint was made only because she is a black woman. Sheila Jackson Lee claimed she didn’t do anything wrong when she was bumped up to first-class on the December 18 flight.
According to The Daily Mail:
She was put in seat 1A, which was originally paid for by a Jean-Marie Simon, a schoolteacher from Washington DC, who has accused the airline of evicting her from the seat so they could give it to a member of Congress. Jackson Lee said in a statement Tuesday that she is upset she has to respond to allegations that she demanded special treatment.
‘Since this was not any fault of mine, the way the individual continued to act appeared to be, upon reflection, because I was an African American woman, seemingly an easy target along with the African American flight attendant who was very, very nice,’ the 67-year-old Democrat tweeted Tuesday.
‘But in the spirit of this season and out of the sincerity of my heart, if it is perceived that I had anything to do with this, I am kind enough to simply say sorry. But as an African American, I know there are too many examples like this all over the nation.’
Simon claims that after an hour-long weather delay United carelessly tossed her out of her first-class seat to make way for Jackson Lee, saying in a Facebook post that she saw a uniformed airline employee pull the congresswoman from the boarding line and escort her to a first-class seat.
Then Simon, who was on the second leg of her return flight from Guatemala, said she went to the gate to board and was told her ticket wasn’t in the system.
When the attendant asked her if she had canceled her ticket, Simon replied: ‘No. I just want to go home.’
After she was seated, she claims she was told by another passenger that her original seat was occupied by a congresswoman and that he had seen her do it twice before.
The airline compensated her with a $500 voucher and another ticket for that flight in Economy Plus.
And on Monday United again apologized to her and said they would reimburse her with a second $500 voucher.
Here is the full statement from Sheila Jackson Lee:
‘I am disappointed in having to respond to this accusation, but I believe transparency is very important. Unfortunately, it looks like Grinch is trying to steal the spirit of the holiday.
Last Monday, I arrived at the airport to catch my flight to Washington to continue my fight to get Hurricane Harvey funds back to Texas and other hard hit areas, along with funding of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and of course, trying to stop a tax bill that was going to cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance.
After receiving my boarding pass, I boarded the plane in the normal process. I did nothing wrong. I asked for nothing exceptional or out of the ordinary and received nothing exceptional or out of the ordinary. I proceeded to take my seat and work on legislative issues on my way to Washington.
Although I was not involved, I observed a disruption by an individual walking back and forth in the cabin. I could overhear her speaking with a flight attendant (an African American woman).
I saw the gate agent go to the seat of the individual who was walking back and forth before we took off.
I later came to understand that the individual had canceled her own flight. However I had nothing to do with that.
I noted that this individual came toward me and took a picture. I heard later that she might have said “I know who she is.” Since this was not any fault of mine, the way the individual continued to act appeared to be, upon reflection, because I was an African American woman, seemingly an easy target along with the African American flight attendant who was very, very nice.
This saddens me, especially at this time of year given all of the things we have to work on to help people. But in the spirit of this season and out of the sincerity of my heart, if it is perceived that I had anything to do with this, I am kind enough to simply say sorry.
I understand the airline is working to address the passenger’s concerns. I am glad of that. But as an African American, I know there are too many examples like this all over the nation.
I hope one day, we will accept our collective diversity. Happy Holidays.’
Immediately after the incident, the airline denied Simon’s claims.
‘After thoroughly examining our electronic records, we found that upon receiving a notification that Flight 788 was delayed due to weather, the customer appears to have canceled her flight from Houston to Washington, DC within the United mobile app,’ United said in a statement.
‘As part of the normal pre-boarding process, gate agents began clearing standby and upgrade customers, including the first customer on the waitlist for an upgrade.’
Simon denies the airline’s claim that she canceled her ticket and claims United staff threatened to remove her from the flight for complaining and for taking a photo of Lee in her seat.
The teacher said she has screenshots of her United app that shows a canceled flight to Houston in August during Hurricane Harvey when she was supposed to visit her daughter, according to the Houston Chronicle.
United says the screenshot wouldn’t show the December 18 flight as canceled because Simon did eventually end up taking the flight.
And regardless of the turnout – Representative Jackson Lee said she did ‘nothing wrong.’
‘I asked for nothing exceptional or out of the ordinary and received nothing exceptional or out of the ordinary. I proceeded to take my seat and work on legislative issues on my way to Washington,’ she wrote.
She said she overheard someone say the woman ‘cancelled her own flight,’ and that she ‘noted that this individual came toward me and took a picture. I heard later that she might have said “I know who she is.”‘
Simon also said she hopes the airline makes everything right with Simon.
Democrats need to come up with a new way to talk to people. Jackson Lee was unjustified in accusing this woman of being racist when she doesn’t even know her. Jean-Marie Simon had every right to be upset and anyone in her position would probably have felt the same way. Hopefully, Simon will be compensated in some way. As for Congresswoman Jackson Lee, she was way out of line. What do you think?