That was the charge made by a group of people outside a store in Orange County, CA that is near Los Angeles.
A group of women have been dubbed ‘a wild pack of Karens’ after they staged an anti-mask rally outside a California supermarket.
Video shared to social media on Saturday shows the small group of activists outside Mother’s Market & Kitchen in Costa Mesa, California after managers locked the doors to the store in order to keep them out.
The women became enraged by the fact that they were unable to shop without wearing face masks, with one even accusing Mother’s Market of committing ‘war crimes’.
The video begins with one woman standing at the closed doors of the store as she complains: ‘I don’t know what country I’m in. I thought I was in the United States!’
Another woman says the incident is ‘worse than communism’.
Several other anti-mask demonstrators can be seen in the background waving American flags, while one woman brandishes a sign that says mask-wearing is ‘child abuse’.
An anti-masker narrating the video states: ‘They [managers] have locked their doors. They are keeping customers hostage inside their store.’
‘People are being denied access to food!’ she then declares.
‘And water!’ another demonstrator can be heard chiming in.
‘The citizens of United States are being denied access to food. This is a war crime! This is crimes against humanity happening right now at Mother’s Market & Kitchen in Costa Mesa!’ the narrator continues.
The video ends with police arriving on the scene. The cops were presumably called by the store managers after the group refused to leave the outside of the supermarket.
The Orange County Register reports that two women were subsequently arrested on suspicion of trespassing.
These people were being denied food and water that could only be had inside that particular store? Oh, the horror! I had to laugh when I listened to the person narrating the video trying to imply that this was on a par with real war crimes.
It should be noted that these ‘ordinary people’ seem to carry flags and signs around with them when they go grocery shopping. There were apparently only about five of them but because of their actions, a lot of other people, genuine shoppers, could not get in or out, a nuisance no doubt but hardly the Crime of the Century.
For some context, Orange County was for the longest time a Republican stronghold, so much so that Ronald Reagan once declared that it was the place that “all the good Republicans go to die.” As the state as a whole shifted Democratic, Orange County still held as the last bastion of Californian Republicanism but finally, in the 2018 mid-term elections, all seven congressional district in the county went Democratic, a wipeout that is being viewed as an indicator that the party is now dead in the state. Indeed, Republicans now rank third in voter registration, behind Democrats and Independents.
But these five people are proudly keeping the Republican flag flying!