Investor arrested at shareholder meeting after slamming Warren Buffett’s funding for Bill Gates, Epstein ties

Peter Flaherty, who is being touted as an activist investor, was arrested at a shareholder meeting where he blasted Warren Buffett for funding Bill Gates’ woke philanthropy and for the Microsoft titan’s ties to now-deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Flaherty is the chairman of the conservative NGO, the National Legal and Policy Center.

He railed against Buffett while speaking in favor of a proposal to have the investment mogul removed as chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. He argued that Berkshire “would be less identified with Mr. Buffett’s personal political activities,” if Buffett was supplanted. Flaherty slammed the funding of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Then he bluntly tied Bill Gates to Epstein which elicited boos and whistles from attendees.

Flaherty asserted that Buffett had “donated tens of billions to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,” adding, “If ‘woke’ culture is a disease, then philanthropy is the virus. The Gates Foundation bankrolls the teaching of Critical Race Theory around the country, including that math is inherently racist.”

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“The Gates Foundation offers a Gender Identity Toolbox which asserts that gender is the result of ‘socially and culturally constructed ideas. This is a lie. Gender is not a cultural construct. It is a genetic and biological fact,” Flaherty declared.

He appeared to be interrupted by Berkshire official Cathy Woollums at that point, but Flaherty refused to be “censored” and appealed to Buffett himself to be allowed to continue.

Buffett surprisingly agreed with the caveat that he should remember he had a three-minute limitation.

Flaherty replied to Buffett, “Of course.” He then continued going after Gates, “We know how much Bill Gates cares about children. He met and traveled with Jeffrey Epstein many times after Epstein was convicted of sex crimes.”

“The Gates Foundation had a huge influence over the COVID response fiasco. Bill Gates defended China’s COVID policies and still discounts the possibility that the virus originated from a lab, even though US intelligence agencies disagree. The Gates Foundation may be the largest single donor to the ‘dark money’ machine known as Arabella Associates. It funds causes like defunding the police that are making American cities unlivable. Money goes, too, to groups conducting…” Flaherty continued.

Buffett then had Flaherty’s mic cut off, telling him, “You crossed the boundary.”

Two security officers stood in front of Flaherty and told him that he would be arrested if he continued.

Flaherty recalled saying he would leave after finishing his statement. He said he didn’t know at the time that his mic had been cut.

An Omaha police officer told Flaherty that he was under arrest. He was then seen being arrested by a police officer and dragged from the meeting for exercising his right to free speech and his rights as a shareholder. Police transported him to the Douglas County Correctional Center in Omaha, where he was searched, handcuffed, and charged.

Flaherty, 66, has made it his cause to be a thorn in the side of leaders of America’s largest corporations. He was incensed over being treated in the manner he was handled and later proclaimed Buffett had “no right to silence me.”

Since 2004, he and other NLPC staffers have attended and spoken at annual shareholder meetings held by a number of corporations, including Bank of America, Coca-Cola, Goldman Sachs, Home Depot, PepsiCo, Salesforce, Visa, Alphabet, Amazon, Boeing, Citigroup, Facebook, Procter & Gamble, and Walmart, according to The Daily Signal.

“I was treated like any other criminal, fingerprinted, handcuffed,” he angrily stated according to the Daily Mail. “I’ve always been courteous with decorum at the annual shareholder meetings. I didn’t raise my voice. I was not disruptive.”

Arrest documents indicate that Flaherty was charged with criminal trespassing by police in Omaha, Nebraska. Police detained him for approximately three hours. He waited on a bench with others who had been arrested. Flaherty then paid a bond of $2,500 to be released.

“I apparently touched the third rail of billionaire politics when I mentioned Jeffrey Epstein’s name,” Flaherty told The Daily Signal in an interview. “I’ve been involved in shareholder activism for 19 years, and I have never before had my mic cut and I was never before arrested.”

In the end, Flaherty’s motion to remove Buffett was defeated by a wide margin, according to Bloomberg.

Flaherty was listed as an attendee at the Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting on Saturday. Buffett is chairman and CEO and was in attendance as was Bill Gates.

Gates reportedly met with Epstein on a number of occasions. Including at least three times at his Manhattan townhouse, according to the New York Times.

He has admitted to dining with Epstein for philanthropic reasons, describing those meetings as a “mistake.” They were reportedly conducted after Epstein was forced to register as a sexual predator.

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