As in, "We're going to take a piece out of you, #$%&@#$%&@#!"
I must have missed a memo or something. It appears that the new "new tone" is one of violence and intimidation. Oh, wait. I forgot, that's the just the default setting...
I just spoke with David Fladeboe of Americans for Prosperity, who was working security outside the tent cut down by pro-union protesters outside the Michigan statehouse today...
Video is now breaking of Fox News contributor Steven Crowder being assaulted by the downed tent by a union demonstrator.
NSFW video at the link. Lest you think this was "just another isolated incident", a local hot dog vendor apparently drew their ire as well:
Nobody is safe. Apparently union protesters targeted anything that had a white tent yesterday, even reportedly taking out the hot dog stand of Lansing fixture Clint Tarver.
Collateral damage, amirite? He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Where "wrong place" can be conveniently defined as "anywhere in the vicinity of a 'peaceful' union protest."
I'm sure this will be all over the news soon. After all, a mob of angry white men assaulted and destroyed the property of a well-regarded local black businessman.
Thankfully, while the union goons are standing around trying to pretend that this never happened - or that it was somehow the fault of anybody but them - local folks are raising funds to help Mr. Tarver replace his cart. They've already reached their initial goal of $2000, and are hoping to raise up to $5000 now.
I'd urge the professional union agitators to "stay classy", but, y'know... the basic problem is that they're thugs who've never been anywhere near classy.
Update: According to the "I Support Clint" page on the fund raising site...
I would like to clarify the events, however. Clint hired as a caterer for the AFP tent which was torn down. He was much more concerned about the others, and particularly helped to get the women out of the tent. It was when he returned to gather his equipment that the taunts and racial slurs began.Emphasis mine.
So. These were not just thugs. They were not even just union thugs.
They were racist union thugs.
And - just in case you might be lead to think this was a few bad apples - let's note that this was not the only incident of racism on display, as Union Protesters Greet Project 21's Stacy Swimp with Racist Taunts.
Amazing what you get to see when the mask slips, isn't it?