- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

California Rep. Stephen Knight was seen in a YouTube video posted over the weekend delivering a stern warning to an immigration protester who shook his hand and slapped him on the shoulder.

“If you touch me again, I’ll drop your ass,” the freshman Republican said to a protester named Mike in the video, posted by We The People Rising, a group opposed to illegal immigration, The Hill reported.

The exchange turned tense after Mike locked Mr. Knight in a prolonged handshake and accused him of voting to grant executive amnesty to illegals.

“You told me you didn’t vote for amnesty and you did. I looked it up on the Internet. You lied to me,” Mike said before slapping the Republican on the left shoulder twice and walking away.

Mr. Knight, an Army veteran and former Los Angeles police officer, went over to the protester, grabbed his right arm and poked him in the chest, saying, “Mike, Mike, hey, if you touch me again, I’ll drop your ass.”

“All right?” he asked, backing away. “Don’t, don’t touch me. Don’t, don’t touch me. Don’t touch me.

“One more time, Mike,” he added.

Mr. Knight went on to tell the protesters that he did not vote for amnesty, The Hill reported.

“Understand, I never voted for amnesty,” he said. “The first version had the amnesty in it. I voted to not allow the president to do that. I voted not.”

Mr. Knight apologized Tuesday night for losing his temper.

“I have dealt with this group on several occasions and every time they try to escalate our conversations to a level that is not constructive,” he said in a statement, Mediaite reported. “Over this past weekend, I lost my cool and I regret responding the way I did.”

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