Documents obtained by the Daily Point show that the US Secret Service was concerned that former President Donald Trump would be beaten with a milkshake during a visit to the United Kingdom in 2019.
Mr Trump’s visit to the UK came shortly after his political ally Nigel Farage, the former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), was the target of a shock in Newcastle.
Mr Trump eventually escaped from the UK without undergoing an ice-based humiliation. But after Mr Farage crashed into the Northeast, documents show the Secret Service was determined to live for what it perceived to be a very real threat.
By 2019, the protest action of throwing milkshakes at far-right political leaders – a practice known as ‘milkshaking’ – had become popular in the UK. In addition to the Five Guys milkshake that 32-year-old Paul Crowther threw at Farage, far-right British politicians Tommy Robinson and Carl Benjamin were repeatedly beaten with milkshakes.
Mr Farage suggested that Mr Crowther’s decision to throw a milkshake at him heralded the end of “civilized democracy”.
The Secret Service, meanwhile, was alert to any threat to the president’s security. After Mr. Farage was milked, Secret Service officials shared articles about the possibility of a similar incident hitting Mr. Trump.
“We have to SplashThe . keep an eye on[Fash],” wrote one person, citing a hashtag associated with the milkshake movement. “I’m sure it will get a lot of attention. I will pass it on to the person who monitors the trips. Personally, I wouldn’t waste a milkshake.”
Another Secret Service member wrote in a separate email chain: “Social media searches for mentions of President Trump and milkshakes uncovered numerous reports suggesting that milkshakes would be thrown at the president while he was in London. ”
Leading up to the trip, the Secret Service continued to monitor various social media platforms for milkshake threats against Mr. Trump.
The milkshake phenomenon has since cooled down, though milkshakes made headlines again during the U.S. protests against racial justice in the summer of 2020, when the New York City Police Department (NYPD) claimed without evidence that workers at a Manhattan Shake Shack location used bleach. in the milkshakes of three officers.
After an NYPD investigation found Shake Shack committed “no crime,” the site manager sued members of the NYPD, the City of New York, and the police and detectives’ unions for alleged defamation and humiliation.