After witnessing the viral meltdown of 40-year-old anti-vax activist mom, Sara Walton Brady, who refused to leave a ‘public’ park that was closed during quarantine, Randell Sweeney thought Police in Meridian, Idaho could use a drink.
“It really started out as kind of a joke,” Sweeney told Idaho Statesman in an interview. “I just thought it would be a cool way to give back and say thank you for dealing with the supreme Karen.”
So far, Sweeney’s GoFundMe page has only accumulated $474, but there’s a good chance others will step forward once they witness the train wreck that IS an “entitled, obnoxious, middle-aged white woman.”
The video shows K̶a̶r̶e̶n̶ Walton Brady confronting police officers at Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park on April 21, repeatedly defying a state-wide order to vacate a section of the playground that was closed during the pandemic, blocked off with caution tape that someone ripped down.
“Arrest me,” she insists. “Do it.”
Ironically, as one of the officers honors her wishes, slapping cuffs on Walton Brady while her vigilante mom posse records the entire incident, she tells KBOI-TV she was ‘singled out’ for standing her ground.
“I wasn’t the only person standing on the bark,” she says. “I definitely wasn’t playing on the playground equipment. I wasn’t swinging, never touched them. But yeah, I do feel like I was singled out and maybe it was because I asked too many questions.”
Despite receiving ample warning multiple times, including a five-second countdown by the arresting officer, Walton Brady had a calculated response.
“Am I being arrested or detained?” she asked, staring into the camera. “Someone call Idaho Freedom Foundation right now and get them on the phone.”
The person recording the video then says, “Officer, you don’t want to do that.”
Another woman shouts, “Her kids are here! Her kids are here!” as Walton Brady is led to the car by police.
The 45-minute video (since deleted) sparked outrage on Idaho Freedom Foundation’s Facebook page. Roughly 100 people, including Walton Brady, descended on Meridian City Hall that night to protest the arrest.
Then, she quickly apologized, blaming the misunderstanding on “constant stress” from being stuck at home, trying to take care of her cooped-up children.
“However, this is not an excuse for my behavior and my part in what happened,” said Walton Brady, reading from a prepared statement. “I never thought a knee-jerk comment made to you out of frustration … would create such a divide.”
Though many find it hard to believe that an outspoken activist who feeds off political attention did not deliberately create a scene, her public apology is living proof that even mommies screw up sometimes. The important thing is that we learn from our mistakes because we all know what happens when m̶o̶m̶ a police officer starts counting.