- Aaron Mate, a reporter for the left-wing outlet The Gray Zone, has ardently called for a ceasefire – which Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected
- Mate posted a video to X Monday on an Amtrak train with Coons and decided to question him as to why he wouldn’t call for a ceasefire in Gaza
- Coons threatened to have Mate kicked off the train and reiterated he wouldn’t call for the ceasefire. A half hour later, Mate said he was kicked off
Democrat Senator Chris Coons, who represents President Joe Biden‘s state of Delaware, had a testy confrontation with a far-left journalist on the Israel-Hamas war that led to the reporter being tossed off the train.
Coons, 60, is the Chair of the Senate Ethics Committee who became the permanent replacement for Biden in Washington after he became vice president.
Aaron Mate, a reporter for the left-wing outlet The Gray Zone, has ardently called for a ceasefire – which Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected – in the wake of Israel‘s response to Hamas’ slaughter of 1,400 Israelis on October 7.
Mate posted a video to XMonday on an Amtrak train with Coons and decided to question him as to why he wouldn’t call for a ceasefire in Gaza.
Coons asked ‘who are you? and after Mate clarified that he was a reporter, added: ‘This is a quiet car and you’re not supposed to be talking to me.’
Mate continues: ‘Children are dying. US weapons are killing kids in Gaza.’
The senator responds: ‘Who are you? Nice to meet you, Aaron. Please stop talking to me.’
The far-left reporter continues to try and get Coons to clarify his position as the senator looks to an Amtrak employee for help.
‘Please stop. Please stop. Aaron, you are bothering me and everyone else around you. Sir, can I please have some help here? He’s bothering me while I’m trying to work.’
Coons finally relents to Mate’s questioning.
‘I’m not going to call for a cease-fire,’ he said. ‘I strongly support humanitarian pauses. I’ve urged the Israeli government to target their campaign against Hamas.’
Mate doesn’t back down, however, and Coons threatens to get him kicked out of the Amtrak shuttle.
‘Aaron, please stop or I’m gonna have you thrown off this train. I’m a senator, this is a quiet car. You’re breaking the basic rules of how we operate on Amtrak, please stop.’
Coons finally gets up and walks away.
In a follow-up video, Mate claims that he was eventually kicked off of the Amtrak train.
“After questioning Senator Coons about his support for Israeli massacres in Gaza, I was asked to move to a different seat. I complied,’ he said.
‘About 30 mins later, he walked by me. We did not exchange words. At the next stop, in Philadelphia, I was removed from the train. I assume this was done at Sen. Coons’ behest.’
When asked for comment on the matter by the New York Post, a spokesperson for Coons didn’t address Mate being ejected from the train but reiterated his position.
‘While Senator Coons does not support a ceasefire, he has repeatedly made clear that he supports humanitarian pauses to allow for assistance deliveries to Gaza, including hospitals, and has urged the Israeli government to target their campaign against Hamas.’
‘He also has repeatedly pushed for the swift release of the hostages Hamas continues to hold,’ the spokesperson added.
DailyMail.com has reached out to a spokesperson for Amtrak for comment.
Mate and The Gray Zone are heavily critical of Israel, with Mate claiming the Jewish state was ‘founded on ethnic cleansing in 1948 and has occupied and terrorized the West Bank and Gaza since 1967’ in a post on X.
‘Israel has always chosen occupation and supremacy over peace and security,’ he wrote in another post.
He also claimed he would ‘never forgive, never forget’ over a report on Palestinian fatalities during Israel’s response to the October 7 attacks.
President Biden said late last week that there was ‘no possibility’ of a ceasefire to the continued fighting in Gaza.