Reporter Injured as Tea Party Rally Turns Violent–with Racially Motivated Attack

Posted on December 14th, 2012 by Fingers Malloy

LANSING, MI – A pro right-to-work rally sponsored by a number of Michigan Tea Party groups turned violent Tuesday, as members of the tea party movement clashed with anti right-to-work activists outside the state capitol building. The rally coincided with the signing by Gov. Rick Snyder of the recently passed Right-to-Work bill that would limit union power in the state of Michigan.

The clash happened shortly after the rally began, as a few hundred right wing activists moved over to a tent sponsored by, a progressive PAC which is against right-to-work legislation. The tea party group chased the 20 or so progressive activists from the area, and quickly kicked the tent to the ground. Box cutters were used to slash the tent’s ropes, and to cut swatches as souvenirs, which were passed out to the angry mob.

As the tent was being kicked to the ground, several protesters confronted MSNBC contributor Steven Crowder, who was there filming interviews with the protestors. One right wing activist punched Crowder as he attempted to defend the tent from being destroyed. The man accused of the assault, Tony Fauxname, was identified 15 minutes after the attack by reporters from ABC, NBC, CBS, the Washington Post, the New York Times, MSNBC, CNN, CurrentTV, Headline News, Entertainment Tonight, TMZ, HSN, ESPN, Food Network and Al Jazeera.

After the tent was destroyed and Crowder was assaulted, the angry right wing protestors(mostly white males) turned their attention to Lansing hot dog vendor Clint Tarver. Mr. Tarver, an African-American, was hired by to provide lunch for their progressive activists. As they hurled racial slurs at Tarver, the Tea Party rioters destroyed his catering equipment. It is unclear at this point if any hate crime charges will be brought against the protesters, because Tarver was not physically assaulted.

Crowder later appeared on the highly rated and respected The Ed Show on MSNBC to discuss the ordeal. Here is a transcript of the conversation between Crowder and The Ed Show’s host, Ed Schultz.

ED SCHULTZ: Steven you were surrounded by right wing lunatics. They assaulted you. They destroyed private property. They attacked poor Clint Tarver, an African-American, and destroyed his business. These white, right wing, tea party bigots threw all kinds of racial slurs at Tarver. Ya’ll are lucky to have gotten out of there in one piece aren’t you?

STEVEN CROWDER: It was an ugly situat…

ED SCHULTZ: (Interrupts) As if the attack isn’t bad enough, you have these conservative nutjobs on websites and in their media, actually blaming you for getting attacked. They are saying you provoked it by asking questions, or that even your presence at their rally provoked these troglodytes to violence. What kind of sick, twisted idiot blames the victim of a crime and not the person who actually committed it?

STEVEN CROWDER: I don’t know why…

ED SCHULTZ: (Interrupts) I mean, I thought we still had freedom of speech in this country. It’s not MoveOn’s fault for putting up a tent. You aren’t responsible for someone else committing violence against you because of your words. These people on the right are delusional wackos for blaming you. As far as I’m concerned, if they are rallying around the guy that hit you–if they are turning a blind eye to how members of their own movement treated Mr. Tarver–then they are in essence endorsing the violence and racism that those loony right wing rioters dished out Tuesday.


ED SCHULTZ: (Interrupts) Steven Crowder, MSNBC contributor, thank you for your time.


President Obama called Crowder and Tarver Wednesday to offer his support. He later released this statement:

Freedom of speech is a right that Americans hold dear. An American should feel free to speak his or her mind without the threat of violence. We must stand tall against violence and racism. Let me be clear, my administration will hold those responsible for the ugly events that unfolded in Michigan. I will make sure that justice will be done.

And scene.

That’s how I believe the main stream media and lefty websites would have reported the left wing violence and racism that transpired at the right-to-work protests if it had been perpetrated by the Tea Party–and not left wing union activists.

But it wasn’t the Tea Party.

Fox News contributor Steven Crowder was assaulted by a left wing union activist.

It was Americans for Prosperity’s tent. It was destroyed by violent, left wing union activists.

Clint Tarver’s equipment was destroyed by a mob of mostly white, violent, racist, left wing union activists. As if that wasn’t bad enough, they hurled racial slurs at Tarver as he tried to pick up what was left of his catering equipment.

In just one afternoon, the events in Lansing demonstrated what conservatives have known for a long time: If violence and racism is not the whole of the extreme left wing, it is in its heart. It has been seen in the Occupy movement when their protests have turned violent. It can be seen daily on Twitter, as rabid left wing lunatics attack Michelle Malkin with the kind of venom and racism that would make the late Senator Robert “the Exalted Cyclops” Byrd blush even in his KKK prime.

Now as more details of what happen in Lansing come to light, some on the left are attacking Steven Crowder. They are saying he provoked it. He shouldn’t have been there. He was asking for it.

If the left wants to embrace the goon who punched Crowder, I say go for it. That thug is the poster child of the angry, violent, racist mob that destroyed private property and humiliated a black businessman with their racial slurs. Stand with that guy if you want to liberals. Own their violence. Own their racism.

I stand with Steven Crowder.

More importantly, I stand with Clint Tarver. A man who did build his business.


*Click here to listen to Clint Tarver discuss the attack on The Dana Show.




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Snark Factor 240 with Amy Kremer and Brad Essex

Posted on July 11th, 2012 by Fingers Malloy

Amy Kremer of Tea Party Express joined us to talk about the grassroots and tea party reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare. Blogger Brad Essex stopped by to talk about his blog, The Essex Blog.

Paul Croteau brought us This Day in History.

Paul Croteau and Thomas LaDuke are The Snark Factor Players.

*My apologies for the audio. We are working through some problems and hope it will be fixed soon.

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Snark Factor Morning Update–Fun With Audio, Maxine Waters Tells Tea Party To Go To Hell

Posted on August 22nd, 2011 by Fingers Malloy

The Snark Factor Morning Update is back! Rep. Maxine Waters of California said that the Tea Party should go straight to hell. If I wanted to do that Maxine, I would move to California.

Fun with audio is just a click away!

H/T Daily Caller

Photo from Human Events


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Surprise! Pothead Murders, Media Blames Rhetoric But Not Pot

Posted on January 9th, 2011 by Fingers Malloy

Yesterday in Arizona, a man by the name of Jared Loughner is accused of going on a shooting rampage with a semi-automatic weapon. Loughner was known to be unstable and had made threats in the past.

From CBS News:

Jared Loughner, the suspect accused of killing six people and wounding 13 others Saturday, including Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, had made threats in the past and even interacted with Giffords in 2007.

Giffords is a Democrat.

The media sprung into action almost immediately after this terrible tragedy. Who are they blaming?

The shooter? Nah. Why let a good crisis go to waste?

Before the victims’ bodies turned cold, left wing lunatics were placing blame on tea party activists and right wing commentators for this horrible crime.

Do they have ANY evidence to suggest that this man is a tea party guy? Nope.

Is there any evidence to suggest that this guy is a ditto-head? No.

There IS evidence that he is crazy.

From Michelle Malkin:

Update 7:08pm Eastern – In one of his YouTube videos, Loughner claimed to be a military recruit. Stars and Stripes reports the Army found no record of any enlistment contract with Loughner.

This is not left or right.

He was a nut:

The man linked to the shooting today of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others is 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, the Associated Press reported.

A former classmate of Loughner at Pima Community College said he was “obviously very disturbed.”

“He disrupted class frequently with nonsensical outbursts,” said Lynda Sorenson, who took a math class with Loughner last summer at Pima Community College’s Northwest campus.

Sorenson doesn’t recall if he ever made any threats or uttered political statements but he was very disruptive, she said. He was asked to leave the pre-algebra class several times and eventually was barred from class, said Sorenson, a Tucson resident…

…The online accounts also contain bizarre discussions of a new currency and literacy, as well as threatening and despairing messages.

“WOW! I’m glad i didn’t kill myself. I’ll see you on National T.v.! This is foreshadow …. why doesn’t anyone talk to me?..” he posted on MySpace Dec. 14.

On Dec. 13, he wrote: “I don’t feel good: I’m ready to kill a police officer! I can say it.”

In a posting on YouTube, Loughner wrote repeatedly about a new currency.

“I’m thinking of creating a new currency,” he wrote. “Therefore, I’m thinking of a design for my new coins size, shape, color, material, and image to start a new money system.”

He also wrote repeatedly about literacy. In a written message on YouTube, Loughner said: “The majority of people, who reside in District-8 are illiterate — hilarious. I don’t control your English grammar structure, but you control your English grammar structure.”

In a message posted on his MySpace account, titled “Goodbye friends,” Loughner said: “Dear friends…please don’t be mad at me. The literacy rate is below 5%. I haven’t talked to one person who is literate.” It was unclear when it was posted.

…He lists among his favorite books “Mein Kampf” and “The Communist Manifesto”. But he also includes a broad variety of other titles, including: “Animal Farm,” “Brave New World,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”.

Not only is he crazy, it looks like he’s a pothead.

CBS News quotes a high school friend of Loughner’s who said:

Loughner used to speak critically about religion. He also talked about how he liked to smoke pot.

Since we have no real evidence about his political leanings other than he liked to read “Mein Kamph” and “The Communist Manifesto”, let’s be grown up and focus on what we do know.

Where is pot to blame in all of this? I’m sure Loughner never met Palin or Beck–but it sounds like he did meet spliff and blunt. Why is there NO media attention to his pot use?

Because that doesn’t fit what the media wants the narrative of this story to be: Blame conservative rhetoric, not a drug that can be mind altering.

A 2005 study suggests that cannabis and the mentally ill do not mix.

Cannabis use moderately increases the risk of psychotic symptoms in young people but has a much stronger effect in those with evidence of predisposition for psychosis.

“Dude, we should create our own currency” sounds more like the ramblings of a pothead than a tea party guy.

There are rumblings in the media and on blogs that this guy was everything from a liberal, to a conservative, to an anti-Semite–and maybe a white supremacist.

In the end politics nor pot are responsible for Loughner’s actions, HE is. It’s just too bad that in the course of covering this story, many in the mainstream media sounded as if they smoke pot as well.

Our thoughts and prayers here at The Snark Factor go out to all of the victims of this terrible tragedy…

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GOP Official & Boyfriend Brutally Beaten… For Wearing Palin Pins??? (Updates)

Posted on April 13th, 2010 by Fingers Malloy

A staffer for Governor Bobby Jindal and her boyfriend were brutally attacked after leaving a Republican fundraiser during the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans on Friday. Why?

From Gateway Pundit, via Free Republic:

The governor’s office said Monday that Allee Bautsch suffered a broken leg and her boyfriend suffered a concussion and fractured nose and jaw in the alleged incident. (KSLA) A Republican activist and her boyfriend were savagely beaten in New Orleans on Friday for wearing Sarah Palin pins. Free Republic reported:

Allee Bautsch, chief campaign fundraiser for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and her boyfriend Joe Brown, were savagely beaten Friday night in New Orleans after leaving a Republican party fundraising dinner by a group of thugs who reportedly targeted the couple because they were wearing Sarah Palin pins.

Bautsch’s leg was broken and Brown incurred a broken jaw and nose as well as a concussion.

The Hayride reports that a source who visited Bautsch at the hospital the day after the attack says they were told the couple was attacked for wearing Palin buttons:

Two people at the Brennan’s event have now confirmed that the protest had largely broken up by the time it ended, but we also understand from someone who visited Allee Bautsch in the hospital Saturday morning that she and Brown were followed and attacked expressly because they had Palin pins on (she heard one of the attackers say “Let’s get them, they have Palin pins on”)– so the attack WAS politically motivated as its victims understood it. It was not a mugging, it was not an argument gone wrong and it was not a bar fight.

The story of a Republican and her boyfriend being viciously attacked for wearing Palin buttons has yet to make national headlines, unlike say, unfounded rumors of nasty words being said by Tea Party protesters.

Violence and hate are unacceptable from any side of the political spectrum. If that was the motivation for the attack, I have some questions:

Who was responsible for this attack?

Was it the SEIU?

Was it a bunch of drunk college kids who are majoring in anthropology?

Was it David Schuster?

Will every liberal democrat now have to rebuke the SEIU and other left wing organizations due to the hate and violence that these groups are known to spew?

Will Congressman John King and other lefties denounce violence and hate speech from the left?

Will the mainstream media show concern for the real violence from libs, or will it continue to concentrate on “tea party hate.”

I will wait patiently for answers to my questions. I expect to get them when hell freezes over.

H/T Gateway Pundit.


There was a reason why I put question marks after the title of this post, and why I wrote:

“Violence and hate are unacceptable from any side of the political spectrum. If that was the motivation for the attack, I have some questions:”

Unlike the mainstream media, I do not go out of my may to deceive people. It appears that the Palin pin part of the story is just a rumor.

From Michelle Malkin:

From Gov. Jindal’s office, via The Baton Rouge Advocate:

“While there were protestors around at that time, we are not aware of any evidence that the individuals involved in the altercation were protestors,” Plotkin said in a statement.

Plotkin said the New Orleans Police Department is investigating.

“We are refraining from further comment to allow them to fully investigate and ensure justice is done,” [Jindal press secretary Kyle] Plotkin said.

Update 3:15pm Eastern: I just heard from Mr. Plotkin that Bautsch and her boyfriend were NOT wearing Palin pins.

My thanks to Lyndsey Fifield for hitting me up on Twitter with the latest on this story.

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