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O'Malley walks into a bar -- and takes a shot at Trump official

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SAN DIEGO -- Let's hear it for public shaming.

If you follow the after-hours antics of politicians, you may have heard that former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley recently tore into Ken Cuccinelli at an Irish bar in Washington.

The Trump administration's acting deputy secretary of Homeland Security went to The Dubliner for a Guinness, he later told Fox News in a statement about the incident. Cuccinelli never got his beer. But he did get an earful from O'Malley about how his career path had gone astray.

In fact, from all accounts, it was an old school tongue lashing. It seems O'Malley does not look kindly on anyone who supports, defends or implements any part of President Trump's well-publicized crusade against immigrants.

It's not as if this sort of thing is unheard of. In the past, other Trump administration officials have also been berated in public -- from White House senior adviser Stephen Miller to then-press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

But, for O'Malley, it's separating immigrant families and putting kids in cages that really gets his Irish up. As he sees it, no one should ever condone that -- especially if they come from immigrant stock, as most of us do.

 

Cuccinelli certainly does. With a name like that, you probably guessed that his ancestors didn't come over on the Mayflower.

From 1880 to 1920, more than 4 million Italians emigrated to the United States. And they were not treated nicely when they arrived. Cuccinelli's peeps were insulted, beaten, discriminated against, and even -- in an infamous case in New Orleans -- lynched.

Why, at the time, you may even have found politicians in New York or Boston who were eager to label Italian immigrants criminals and "bad hombres."

O'Malley knows this history, which is why, in a text message to reporters, he called out Cuccinelli as "the son of immigrant grandparents who cages children for a fascist president."

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