Steele was attempting to catch a flight from Los Angeles to Houston, the site of the Super Bowl. She wrote that the demonstration made her and other passengers miss the flight, and said she was sad because protesters wore joyful expressions knowing that they had interrupted everyone’s plans.
While she attempted to temper her remarks by emphasizing peoples’ right to protest, Twitter users continued to criticize Steele on Monday.
At one point, Steele did appear to address at least one negative tweet, but that didn’t stop the backlash.
The Huffington Post has reached out to Steele for a comment.