I’ve never once wished to live any place else but where I live now. But this week, I was terribly embarrassed by the behavior of my fellow New Yorkers. Normally, I’d say New Yorkers are the friendliest, most helpful people in this country, but some of them proved me wrong.
Glenn Beck, his wife, and daughter went to see the Hitchcock classic, “The 39 Steps” at Bryant Park. He knew that New Yorkers are by and large liberals, but he had no idea that they were going to be verbally assaulted by other movie goers:
“We hate conservatives here”
“We’re in New York and we hate Republicans.”
Someone purposely kicked a cup of wine onto his wife’s back while others snapped photos of him and his family. He thought about leaving, but decided to stay and when the movie finished, he exited to the applause of those around him.
Lindsay Piscitell who sat behind the Beck family wrote to New York magazine about the wine spillage: “And I can assure you that it was a complete accident. A happy one, to be sure, but nonetheless a complete and utter accident.”
Mr. Beck, I’m so sorry these classless boors treated you this way. You had every right to be there at this free outdoor event. One would have expected a bit of civility from a group of the supposedly culturally superior.
I suppose if your bodyguards have intervened in anyway, they might have been called thugs, be demonized by the mainstream media, and have criminal charges brought against them as in the case of Tim Profitt:
On Monday, October 25, 2010, Rand Paul was on his way to the final Senatorial debate with Democrat Jack Conway in Kentucky. Lauren Valle, wearing a blond wig and pretending to be a supporter, rushed to Rand Paul’s car in an attempt to present Paul with a phony award. Tim Profitt, a Rand Paul volunteer helped to pull Valle away from the car and wrestle her to the ground. She was on the ground, and he had his foot on her shoulder. In almost all the news reports I’ve heard or read, it was stated that he had given her a “head stomping”. This is not true. See for yourself on this video of the incident.
Do you think news reports exaggerated her injuries?
To those defending her, where is the head stomping? I saw this video this morning on Fox News and they clearly step on her SHOULDER, big difference than head… ~BowlingGreenVol
The woman was uninjured and actually hung around to talk to reporters afterward!! When you charge toward a Senate Candidate, especially in such a volatile environment, you should fully expect to be subdued… ~Taika
If your head was bashed to the ground and stomped on, would you be in any condition to give an interview right afterwards?
Valle and I have a couple of things in common: Brooklyn was her home and she is a graduate of Columbia University. Thankfully our similarities end there. She is a MoveOn.org contract employee. She is a paid agent provocateur.
Here is an example of her activist stunts. In protest, on April Fool’s Day, she chained herself to Citibank.
She was also detained in China for “Free Tibet” stunt at 2008 Olympics in China. It appears she has a penchant for causing disturbances and getting arrested.
Tim Profitt was absolutely correct in viewing activists like Lauren Valle as a threat. Does the name Jared Loughner ring a bell? No one stopped him. He approached U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords on January 8, 2011 and shot her through the head at point-blank range.
A former campaign volunteer for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was sentenced Monday to serve a year on probation and pay $600 in restitution for his role in an assault last October outside a Senate debate in Lexington. Timothy Profitt’s lawyer entered an Alford plea on his behalf in Fayette District Court to misdemeanor assault. An Alford plea means Profitt did not admit guilt but acknowledged that there is sufficient evidence to convict him.
What happened to Tim Profitt was unfair if you consider what happened in a similar situation, but in which the political positions were reversed:
In January 2010, as Senatorial Democratic candidate Martha Coakley was leaving a fundraiser in D.C., reporter John McCormack walked behind her asking why health care industry lobbyists were supporting her at the fundraiser. She didn’t answer.
As I walked down the street, a man who appeared to be associated with the Coakley campaign pushed me into a freestanding metal railing. I ended up on the sidewalk. I was fine. He helped me up from the ground, but kept pushing up against me, blocking my path toward Coakley down the street.
He asked if I was with the media, and I told him I work for THE WEEKLY STANDARD. When I asked him who he worked for he replied, “I work for me.” He demanded to see my credentials, and even though it was a public street, I showed them to him.
It turned out the man who roughed up John McCormack was Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s Michael Meehan. Was Michael Meehan arrested? Did he have to pay $600 to John McCormack? Did he even have to apologize?
Conservative college speakers regularly must hire bodyguards; the shortest list in the world is liberal speakers who need bodyguards…