Carl Levin, Michigan Senator, Gets Hit In Face With Pie During Q&A Session
Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan) joined a well-documented list of famous people who have taken pies in the face Monday, when a Michigan State student hit the lawmaker with a confectionery projectile during a question and answer session at a deli in Big Rapids, Michigan.
Ahlam Mohsen, the 23-year-old perpetrator of the saccharine assault, later told local news that the act was meant to protest the perceived pro-war legislative record of Senator Levin, who is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
"Carl Levin is one of the most respected senators in Congress," Mohsen said, according to The Big Rapids Pioneer. "People tend to blame the war on Republicans, but we wanted to target Levin today to send a message that liberals and Democrats are just as implicated in the violence as the Republicans."
Mohsen was arrested and charged with assault and battery after the incident, but has yet to be arraigned, CNN reports.
Levin's immediate response was to say that someone who "throws something at somebody or hits somebody with something doesn't understand the blessings of America," but the Senator later released a statement on the incident:
"I hold meetings like this morning's so I can hear the views of Michiganians, and I'm more than willing to hear from people who disagree with me," Levin said. "But at the end of a great meeting this morning, two young people took advantage of the gathering to read a long statement accusing senators of war crimes, and one of the young people threw a pie in my face. They didn't hurt me, but they hurt their cause even more than their own extreme words had already done."