Steven Crowder speaks out on assault at union protest
Fox News contributor on confrontation in Lansing
- Duration 9:26
- Date Dec 11, 2012
Fox News contributor on confrontation in Lansing
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Others continue breaking news out of Lansing Michigan -- protest turned violent today as big labor demonstrators took the streets of Michigan's capital city.
In reaction to the passage of the bill that dramatically limits the power of unions.
Now in just a few short minutes I'll be joined live by Stephen Crowder.
Now Crowder who you can see on the screen left is -- Fox News contributor.
And he was in Lansing today he was viciously assaulted by a union member.
He was standing near the -- that was owned by Americans for prosperity a conservative group that supports the right to work.
Now that -- that organization quickly became the target of angry human -- -- demonstrators and as you can see the model left wing thugs.
Ultimately -- down on the structure and they did so with people inside.
However what transpired before that is even more disturbing let's take a look.
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The freedom every moment big shock to all other parents it will benefit the -- unions have negotiated I didn't ever bring.
And what do.
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Joining me now from Michigan is talk about exactly what happened out there today Fox News contributor Stephen Crowder Stephen first day -- You got hit pretty hard.
You have a chip to give another injury what happened.
-- -- I'm I'm I'm under rested overworked right now and still tough enough to take the union's greatest punch apparently I'm not that hurt listen it was more mentally.
Shaking to see this -- -- Mauritania home and see my wife so upset I I went out there -- leftist right now are saying that I deserved.
The beating that I got completely physically unprovoked.
And the reason for that if I did go in and apparently provoke it by asking them why they're against right to work.
By acting -- what about someone in Michigan who.
Might wanna work for a company and might not want to join a union and then of course I asked them -- they were consistently destroying private property with people in the tent they were -- attempt -- -- and destroying it.
I asked them to stop.
Many of us tried to pull them off the tent and so yes in that sense apparently -- -- -- the four unanswered punches directly to my face called me provocateur works on.
-- -- this is an estate that is the birthplace of the modern labor movement now we cannot underestimate what has happened here.
This is a huge victory for workers.
You know because who.
What a lot of people may not know right to work means you don't have to join a union to get a job.
In other words you don't have to pay union dues to work at a company and other words you have freedom their choice and there's a lot at stake.
-- definitely huge amounts that you see most Americans of course.
Want the right to work got union that being -- a union manufacturing up that's one of the big -- -- biggest single threat to get out your job security you look at the amount about manufacturing jobs that have been shipped overseas -- -- -- -- sect members of the union sector.
It's it's it's several fold higher.
You see these people -- -- unions are founded on violence here in this country and to give you proof that Americans right now are angry about it at this video went up and about.
3 o'clock 4 o'clock today.
And -- -- -- 6000.
Dollars coming in and donations to find the perpetrators from this video it's very important conservative to realize right now there is a line drawn in the sand and there are Republicans and their true conservatives out there laying it on the line.
You can side -- the people of the Talking Heads sitting back and their political strategist rooms for you can side with people like me in the folks who essentially worked with Andrew bright Spartan life and still do in death.
Well right now the very serious line being drawn -- -- before it.
Into the specifics of the issue which we'll be doing throughout the hour tonight as we also -- -- the breaking news this is really important.
Walk our viewers step by step to what we're seeing in this video because this is important explain exactly what happened.
Okay why can't see them that a portion of the video you're running right now I'm assuming a -- -- -- event what you know what's in the video so -- you walk us through what happened.
A Campbell first off I went and asked a few people why are you against right to work people were immediately hostile -- immediately violence I was near the Americans for prosperity -- They began caring this tent down tearing it apart while people were still an attack.
By the way show on second thought about 800 people do realize how long that takes -- wasn't someone pulled out of -- These people -- salt of the tent and tore it down.
Down when we cannot just say -- there are women and here they're old people -- here stop doing that.
That's when I got even more violent and on a literally thought I saw it whit whether women and all people in there when they collapse that ten.
You can see in this video a woman -- walking out as their trampling.
I'm -- -- you can see her walking out from it.
There were certainly women and old people in their before hand -- they started turning it down if some of them got out I don't know to -- with -- -- to mitigate the injury to the sky was wailing on my face yes absolutely but that doesn't change the intent.
And I wanted to -- -- clear here -- I never went out here to try and be assaulted and -- this might say I went out and approved the -- -- who they truly are certainly this union thugs and I've achieved that but people want to see civil action taken against -- tell us what they want but really importantly I'm issuing an ultimatum right now they are trying to find this man who assaulted me to -- -- men who -- other people and -- you have a choice you can come forward -- started to go to jail.
War since you want -- cheap shot me we can host a balcony sanction to legalize.
MMA competition where.
The winner will get the money to go to charity of his choice all that might have been raised to have this man prosecuted and put in jail.
I will match that and donated to the union of his choice it's your choice jail or face -- like a man one on one -- legally I'm easy to find.
-- I don't know around for a long time you are.
Actually very well equipped to -- to protect yourself be decided not to fight back explain right.
You're -- you do have the ability to fight back.
-- -- -- -- Plays a couple things front first -- -- that it would be it would prove nothing and secondly.
I honestly I don't wanna use the word literally here because when people use the word you know literally -- -- -- improperly it it makes me angry clearly not figuratively speaking here but -- they I.
I literally believe -- that if I'd have defended myself at all even flipped the small little jab.
That they would have killed me where I stood.
I have never seen this kind of angry vitriolic hatred you take a scene from the Dark Knight rises it is not as bad as this I expected -- to walk in with his.
Not cheap little mask.
I still don't know why that -- is getting rave reviews but dot yes I expected these people to actually prepare me limb from -- I knew.
I couldn't take that on one person fine like mr.
Three people too many funny one let's talk 12100 and the -- and of course by the way shot.
Are we not addressing the fact that someone threatened to murder me with a gun on that tape -- Well I saw I heard that -- it's at the end of the tape after the scuffle.
-- there was a second moment here with a guy actually cold cocked it when you weren't even looking at least from my view of the tape.
Is that true.
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I gotta tell -- gonna be honest I'm not playing tough guy I was out on my feet I didn't go down walking back now looking at the tape.
Some guy grabbed me from behind by the neck and that was going into the -- and yanked me all of it is a blurred became a real melee.
So I I.
I can't tell you I do know that I was called clock and I was sucker punched and you can see in the video they went unanswered so again what -- -- I deserve it John.
Well I don't think you deserve it but an -- you didn't do anything to.
Encourage this and and I watch this tape now number of times I didn't hear you say anything provocative or start a fight anywhere -- -- is there any I didn't hear.
On the tape just for the record.
No I I -- a lot to encourage it Sean I asked them why they were against a right to work of I asked them to stop hurting people in -- -- I asked them to stop destroying private property so yes I warned that getting a -- facial beating repeatedly Shawn apparently.
Not well -- disagree with that but.
With -- the real if I'm the only thing I'm saying that the response from leftist right now they're saying you went down and you deserve it -- right now we just showed the longer what did you say they were telling Donna tenant and it's very important to realize.
We were trying to defend women and people in that tenth before they started assaulting people who were women and old diplomat sent shock art.
What we come back this is really important Stephen I'm glad you're healthy take care of be careful -- situations please and will continue to follow this in the days to come.
And I'm glad you were able to make -- -- the -- thanks for being with us.
Thank you got left.