Quote from OP:"Is it possible that it was a demon-type situation that recognized a child of God and got offended?" Quoting: Jesus Christ is the way
This is it.
Agree! The enemy recognizes you!
Praise and Glory to The Most High God!
Jas 2:19 You believe that there is one God, you do well; even the demons believe and tremble.
I have walked the halls of power and agree completely.
Once I gave my life to Christ and then returned as an artist to Hollywood, the divide was clear. took me a while to understand how heavy the battle was in my life and where it came from (eph 6 - for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but spiritual forces, powers and principalities...)
I could tell you similar stories- many.some would make you laugh.
finally realized it was the demons in that (famous) person recognizing Who I serve. most politicians serve the father of lies. fact.
sadly, I even encountered this in a college that was supposed to be about the word and grace. I encountered gross wrongdoing and went to the head of the college in humility and began stating my concern and watched his face turn into another 'being'. started shouting me out of his office. scariest thing I've ever seen. got harassed for weeks afterward and finally left the state. sorry, I have to leave out details for personal reasons. Later, several teachers left the college when the truth (I'd first noticed) became uncovered. whoa! so, unfortunately, evil is hard at work not only in politics, but in the media and church at well.
the antidote: ps 91:1 'he who dwells in the secret place of the most High shall rest in the shadow of the Almighty."
dear brother in Christ, trust what you discerned.
it's really that simple. but, I understand your angst. Use it as a stepping stool to praise YHWH that you are his and sealed by the Blood of Christ Jesus. Rev 4:11