Innocent victim or just deserts?
A few days ago video came out from Conservative “comedian” and Fox News contributor Steven Crowder of himself being assaulted by a Union guy in Michigan who was at a protest of the State’s new “Right-to-Work” legislation. The short video also shows footage of protesters tearing down a tent placed there by the ironically-named Right-wing group Americans For Prosperity. This appeared to be the smoking gun that the Right needed to show that Union members are nothing but “violent thugs.” In fact, Crowder’s official video of this on his YouTube channel is titled “UNIONS ASSAULT ON CAMERA!!” Well, this is just bad for Union-supporting Progressives, Liberals, and Democrats! Or is it?
Since this video came out, political pundits on both sides of the political spectrum have been decrying these acts of violence on behalf of Union members. And rightly so. If there is unprovoked violence on the part of anyone it should be criticized by those who share their political views. But is there more to this story?
On PoliticsNation last night, Al Sharpton pointed out that the video was heavily edited (a fact that Left-wing blowhard and serial-interrupter Chris Matthews missed or ignored when he was sympathizing with Crowder). So this begs the question, what was edited out of the video? Well, dear readers, ask and ye shall receive!
After this video came out and the story came to my attention on the morning of December 12th, I began doing some research trying to find unedited video footage like any good fact-seeking human being should do. After a few hours I found a gold nugget. What did I find? A less-edited version of the video. And I found it in the most unlikely of places: On the Sean Hannity Show.
This video is edited in almost the same exact way as the official video found on Crowder’s YouTube channel. The difference is there’s about 5 seconds of footage in the video prior to when the “Union thug” starts swinging on him. It shows the Union member and two of his buddies standing face to face with Crowder and two of his AFP buddies. They are talking heatedly to each other. Then it shows the Union member get shoved down, although who did it is blocked from view and the camera man is panning. When he pans back right as the Union member is shoved down you see Crowder standing right behind him. Crowder then raises his hands as if he did nothing. Then the camera pans around to the Union member on the ground. He gets up and starts swinging on Crowder.
Now do we actually see Crowder push him down? Unfortunately not. But if it wasn’t Crowder then it was the guy standing to Crowder’s left, his friend. Everyone else standing there was Union members and protesters. So the Union member was shoved down by either Crowder or his friend and when he recovers and gets up he sees Crowder holding his hands up which could either be taken as a sign meaning “I didn’t do it” or it could be interpreted as a defensive stance, like he knew the guy was going to start swinging on him.
Bottom line is the man did not attack unprovoked. He was shoved by someone and he reacted out of self-defense. Furthermore, what do groups like Americans For Prosperity expect when they show up at a Union rally against “Right-to-Work” legislation which is attacking their livelihood? They knew exactly what they were doing there. AFP was not innocent in this; they were there to provoke. And they did just that. Unfortunately for them, they also had a fame-seeking attention-whore third-rate comedian taping the whole thing and his editor was too incompetent to remove all of the footage which showed the truth of the incident.
Think of it like this. Imagine if there was a Black pride rally and the KKK showed up and set up a tent in the very middle of it. Then one of the Klan members was interviewing people at the rally and asking them inflammatory questions like “Why do you think you deserve equal rights?” Then in an attempt to show how violent Black people are they shove a rally attendee down, thus causing him to get up and defend himself. Afterwards they edit the video to make the attack look unprovoked and upload it to the internet with the title “Innocent White man attacked by violent Black thug.” This is exactly what Crowder and his AFP buddies did.
The saddest part about it is these people have absolutely no shame. They are so desperate to advance their backwards political views that they will lie and manipulate in order to do so.
Here is the video starting at the point of the entire altercation. You be the judge. Start at the 1:20 mark.