Footage completely obtained by The Post Millennial exhibits progressive candidate for King County Council Ubax Gardheere threatening school children whereas claiming she could have a bomb or a gun after which calling them “cowards” as they flee from her.
Ubax Gardheere boarded the Highline School District bus on Jan. 12, 2010 as it was about to start its morning route to Chinook Middle School. Gardheere may be seen strolling on to the school bus stuffed with children. She tells the bus driver not to drive as a result of “it’s a matter of national security.” She tells him the “bus is not leaving.” The driver then calls the police.
When the driving force asks her if one thing occurred to one of many children, she says “if something happens it’s going to happen to you.”
Gardheere then tells school children she is sporting free clothes and he or she might need a bomb or a gun. “Someone better get here real quick,” the bus driver exclaims. A heroic officer arrives and arrests her. Finally, as seen from the again of the bus, children flee out the again of the bus. Gardheere may be heard calling them “cowards” again and again.
Deputy Prosecutor Gretchen Holmgren stated college students had been afraid for his or her security and as college students fled by means of the rear emergency exit of the bus, Gardheere started screaming that they had been “cowards” for abandoning their classmates.
Holmgren wrote the court docket, “While speaking with the middle school students, the defendant stated that she might have a bomb and might have a gun. When students attempted to escape out the back of the bus, she called them cowards and told them they would be responsible if something happened to their classmates. Several students believed she had a weapon of some kind and many feared for their lives.”
According to a detective with the King County, Gardheere advised the arresting officer she was “prepared to die.” However, no weapons had been present in her possession. She ultimately pled the felony costs down to a gross misdemeanor earlier than trial.
This habits has not dampened her recognition throughout the Democratic celebration. Democrat State Senator Rebecca Saldana stated in her endorsement of Gardheere, “I will follow Ubax anywhere.” Former radical Seattle City Council Member and activist Mike O’Brien referred to as Gardheere “An amazing leader.” It is unclear if Saladana or O’Brien had been conscious of Gardheere’s bomb threats towards children on a school bus when they gave their endorsements.
Ghardeere’s marketing campaign has been boosted on social media by Riall Johnson and Prism Washington, each of which have a historical past of representing and selling activist socialist candidates such as socialist Seattle City Council Member Tammy Morales, who advocated for riots throughout final summer season’s unrest. Morales, even after the unique story relating to Ghardeer went viral, nonetheless endorsed the candidate, as did one other native progressive Varisha Khan of the Redmond City Council.
Gardheere acquired extra distinguished left-wing help even after the story got here to gentle lately from the native SEIU and The Urbanist, an area activist outlet.
Gardheere advised the Seattle Weekly that she was hospitalized for psychological sickness and that her psychological situation worsened after she stopped in Dubai to see in-laws on her means to go to Somalia in 2008.
Six years later, whereas working as a group organizer, Gardheere appeared in a video produced by Mass Transit now advocating for extending an space gentle rail undertaking. She is referred to within the video as a “social justice advocate.”
The Somalian immigrant is now the Equitable Development Division Director within the City of Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development incomes over $130,000 a yr. She calls herself a “bureactivist inside authorities.”
In a latest interview with the South Seattle Emerald, Gardheere revised her personal historical past and claimed that when she threatened school children with a bomb on a bus she was being criminalized for psychological well being points.
“It means being a brand new mother and going through postpartum depression and then actually having a mental breakdown and being criminalized for that, instead of getting the mental health [support] that I needed.”
This conflicts not solely with the court docket paperwork and police stories of the incident but additionally together with her personal statements years earlier to The Seattle Weekly. “I’m thinking in my head, ‘what can I say or do that will get you taken to jail instead of a mental institute?'”
In a latest endorsement video for the novel King County younger Democrats, Gardheere omits her troubled previous however references her work with children.
In May, Gardheere posted a video from an occasion that was held in Seattle which she seems to have attended, lamenting the failure of the tried genocide of Jews within the Middle East.
In her place on the City of Seattle, Ghardeere lately co-wrote a letter which referred to ultra-progressive Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan as a “dictator” and once more referenced her “mental health.”
“We’re done being women of color bearing a disproportionate emotional labor burden in our civilization’s collective reckoning with our mid-life (or is it end-of-life?) crisis. We can tell you more about all of these things, in due time. For now, we’re taking some time off to reclaim our mental health,” she stated.
Ghardeere claimed that “Our current economic system requires hierarchy, oppression, and extraction to operate and maintain itself. It divides people according to race, class, ableism, and gender, and often treats Black Indigenous People Of Color (BIPOC) people, people who identify as LGBTQ+, poor people, immigrants/refugees, undocumented immigrants and refugees, people living with disabilities, and the natural environment as expendable resources.”
Additionally, Ghardeere stated she is an advocate for the novel Green New Deal and that somewhat than terrorism or a pandemic, “Climate change and growing inequality are among the greatest threats to our nation and County.”