Shortly after Rep. Wendi Thomas Thomas (R-Bucks) opened a district office in New Hope in June, she announced that she would host an open house at the new location on Friday, Aug. 2.
“So come to my office, and stay for the New Hope fireworks,” Thomas said in a press release.
Well, fireworks are certainly what Thomas got on Friday when a group of protesters from New Hope, Solebury, Upper Makefield, Northampton, and Wrightstown showed up at her office at 123 West Bridge St. during the event and demanded that she denounce what they view as a series of racist remarks by President Trump in recent weeks.
The open house had started at 4 p.m., and by 5:15 p.m. protesters began gathering outside New Hope-Solebury High School, across the street from Thomas’ new office.
Protest organizer Gus Rogers of New Hope explained his motivation for planning the demonstration.
“Wendy canvassed my neighborhood and introduced herself, and said she was opening a new office on Bridge Street,” he said. “I asked her if she was aware of the implications of racism in President Trump’s hateful remarks about the four congresswomen, minorities and immigrants. I asked her if she would make a public statement on it. She said she disagreed with President Trump on some issues, but thought his remarks were a national issue and not a local issue. She didn’t want to speak on it.”
“I saw her open house as an opportunity,” continued Rogers. “I want to encourage her to speak out against racism and indicate her disapproval of Trump’s incitement. It’s an ethical and moral issue.”
Shortly before 6 p.m., the protesters entered the driveway of Thomas’ office, and proceeded to an outdoor area at the rear of the building where the open house event was continuing. There, Rogers confronted Thomas, politely demanding that she make a statement against Trump’s recent remarks.
Thomas stood her ground, saying she would be speak with Rogers at a later date, but intended to continue her open house without addressing the protester’s demands.
Some protesters called Thomas a racist, which she denied.
Thomas was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2018 for the 178th District. Her new office will be open Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thomas also has an office in Richboro.
She would not comment for this article.