During a live interview with CBS News, a Republican New York City councilwoman was taken aback after being approached by a stranger on the street.
During an interview in Brighton Beach on Thursday, Inna Vernikov, who is from Brooklyn and represents the 48th district, was unexpectedly greeted by an individual who then walked away while beaming, as The Conservative Brief reported.
“What the [explitave]?” she said after the kiss. “Not the kind of love I expect from constituents!” she tweeted after the incident. “Very creepy moment.”
Not the kind of love I expect from constituents! Very creepy moment. Thanks to my colleagues for standing up for me! @mvelaznyc @Lynn4NYC @KamillahMHanks @CMMercedesCD46 @BobHoldenNYC @KeithPowersNYC @KalmanYeger @CMBrooksPowers @ebottcher https://t.co/1l4u47xEMu
— Councilwoman Inna Vernikov (@InnaVernikov) August 18, 2023
Vernikov commended her Democrat and Republican council colleagues who supported her following the incident: “Thanks to my colleagues for standing up for me!” she said.
The negative reaction to the incident was a bipartisan one.
“This disgusting behavior is unfortunately all too common in the day to day lives of women,” councilwoman Marjorie Velázquez said. “We can not let sexual assault become a normalized part of our public interactions. I hope @NYPD can track this assailant down and bring swift justice.”
Democratic New York City Council Majority Leader Keith Powers condemned the attack: “Very gross behavior. Hope my colleague @InnaVernikov is okay,” he said.
Councilman Erik Bottcher said, “This is totally unacceptable and the kind of thing that women have to deal with far too often, unfortunately. So sorry this happened.”
“This is abhorrent and disgusting. Hope the assailant is found. Sadly, this type of unacceptable behavior typically happens to women, even in 2023,” Councilwoman Lynn Schulman said.
Vernikov has been extremely vocal about the influx of illegal aliens into the city, many of whom are being sent there by red-state governors frustrated with President Joe Biden's inaction at the border.
In a July interview with "Fox & Friends," she stated that the migrants were not only consuming valuable resources intended for New Yorkers, but also jobs and other benefits that, according to her, serve as an incentive for them to violate U.S. law and enter the country illegally.
“What’s anti-American is to keep our border wide open and roll out the red carpet for illegal migrants, by incentivizing them with free food, housing and benefits,” she noted in a tweet featuring a clip of her interview.
According to a report by the New York Post, this autumn, Vernikov intends to introduce legislation mandating the creation of a public website to monitor taxpayer expenditures on migrants.
“The sanctity of taxpayer dollars cannot be overlooked,” the lawmaker said.