What happens when Teabaggers gather on the footsteps of an Ohio courthouse in St. Clairsville to attend an event headlined by speakers like Rafael Cruz and Ohio Football Couch David Daubenmire?
Nothing good, and AATTP was there to catch it.
This isn’t the first time that Americans Against the Tea Party has gotten footage of Teabaggers from St. Clairsville, and it won’t be the last.
Before the video below even begins, a speaker warned the audience about the presence of writer John Prager and Jason Troyan from AATTP, telling the audience not to talk to them. In the process, they were also singled out for anyone who wanted to do something about their presence — despite a wink and nod explanation that they shouldn’t. The hostility was there from the beginning, so it should be no surprise that it boiled over when one of the Teabaggers physically assaulted Prager.
While John was filming Rafael Cruz, one of the Teabaggers came up and shoved him after Prager made a snide remark about Benghazi to a Tea Partier who was harassing him.
When John began filming the man who shoved him, the Teabagger repeatedly told John to “turn the camera around” and, eventually, threatened to “knock the camera” out of his hand and shove it “up his ass” — something he was perfectly willing to repeat to St. Clairsville police.
The man remained hostile even as John calmly reminded the irate Teabagger that it was his First Amendment right to film in a public place, and to speak his mind.
Eventually, a police officer stepped in, informing the man that it was John’s right to film in a public space. The officers remained with the man for the rest of the evening. Two people who saw the altercation offered to walk John back to his car so he would be safe.
That teabaggers react to opposing viewpoints with violence shouldn’t surprise anyone, especially with a speaker like Rafael Cruz egging the crowd on by telling them “buy a gun” and “defend themselves” because “bad things” were going to happen to America.
While this incident was, by John’s account, more funny than anything — it shows the violent tendencies lurking beneath the thin skin of these vitriolic, hatemongering neanderthals.
Of interest as an aside is that the September 30 event was sponsored by Murray Energy, the coal company that forced its workers to attend a Mitt Romney speech unpaid. Of course, owner Rob Moore contested that claim back in 2012, and told a local radio station that he had no idea what the word “mandatory” meant:
Our managers communicated to our workforce that the attendance at the Romney event was mandatory, but no one was forced to attend.
That sounds like the quintessential American company.