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Rand Paul Supporter Stomps Head Of Female MoveOn Member Outside KY Debate "As the candidates arrived, a group of Paul supporters pulled a female MoveOn member to the ground and held her there as another Paul supporter stomped on the back of her head and neck. More footage here
posted by Uther Bentrazor (36 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: It's an awful scene and I know it's making the poliblog rounds, but it's also basically "here is an awful thing that happened" without any meat to it and folks who are paying any attention to this election cycle are pretty likely to see it themselves at TPM or elsewhere. -- cortex



 
Well, we didn't see this one coming..
posted by ReeMonster at 7:39 AM on October 26, 2010


Oh God. Is there any reason to have that headline other than to smear Rand Paul and link him to people who would do something horrible like this?
posted by GrooveJedi at 7:41 AM on October 26, 2010


In other shocking and outrageous news, a local teen arrested for assault is believed to have enjoyed violent video games.
posted by Joe Beese at 7:42 AM on October 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


GJ: Yes, it's clearly the fault of the MoveOn member for being in the way of this person's foot.
posted by Old'n'Busted at 7:43 AM on October 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Shucks, I read this as "Rand Paul Stomps..." - now that would have been a story. I'm not sure how much you can blame candidates for their awful supporters though - in my experience, every campaign's got some.
posted by naoko at 7:43 AM on October 26, 2010


That is illegal.
posted by solmyjuice at 7:43 AM on October 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Like father's brownshirts, like son's.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 7:44 AM on October 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


> Is there any reason to have that headline other than to smear Rand Paul and link him to people who would do something horrible like this?

I agree this post's title is in pretty poor taste, but damn if Paul's supporters aren't scary people. All she was doing was protesting and these guys suddenly become a militia and treat her like a caught suicide bomber or something. Even if Paul loses, these people are still going to be around, being angry at phantoms. Someone more polarizing will come along and we're going to see even worse fascist thuggery.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:45 AM on October 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


In a separate incident, according to the Kentucky Post, "a Conway supporter stepped on the foot of a female Rand supporter, who recently had foot surgery. The woman was wearing a surgical boot, but after the injury, her incision was cut open. Police say she refused medical treatment and also filed an assault report."
posted by jbickers at 7:45 AM on October 26, 2010


Well, at least they're not hired goons.
posted by Artw at 7:45 AM on October 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Well, this probably isn't the greatest post ever, but 'Don't Tread on Me'? Oh my my.
posted by robself at 7:45 AM on October 26, 2010 [4 favorites]


I prefer the personal, hands-on touch you only get with hired goons.
posted by Joe Beese at 7:46 AM on October 26, 2010


Gah, what kind of an asshole do you have to be to do this as well?

The second fight occurred after a Conway supporter stepped on the foot of a female Rand supporter, who recently had foot surgery.

The woman was wearing a surgical boot, but after the injury, her incision was cut open. Police say she refused medical treatment and also filed an assault report.


Has Rand said anything yet?
posted by longdaysjourney at 7:46 AM on October 26, 2010


I think it qualifies as newsworthy when violence breaks out at political rallies.
posted by domo at 7:47 AM on October 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Whoops, should have previewed.
posted by longdaysjourney at 7:47 AM on October 26, 2010


Classy post title. Gotta get your laughs somewhere, eh?
posted by picea at 7:47 AM on October 26, 2010


She must have refused to worship Aqua Buddha.
posted by empath at 7:48 AM on October 26, 2010


To be fair, the one guy did stop the stomper from further stomping the woman.
posted by reformedjerk at 7:48 AM on October 26, 2010


Classy post title. Gotta get your laughs somewhere, eh?

It's a direct quote of the protestor.
posted by empath at 7:48 AM on October 26, 2010


Has Rand said anything yet?

Yeah, some bullshit about an altercation.
posted by empath at 7:49 AM on October 26, 2010


And people look at me funny when I tell them I intend to retire to Canada.
posted by tommasz at 7:49 AM on October 26, 2010


I don't normally like linking people, but this guy really is the face of the Tea Party. Eyes closed, angry, carrying a sign representing someone else's ideas that he's swallowed uncritically, and the most shallow nod to the US Constitution (baseball hat) that they presume to uphold even while violating someone with a contrary opinion.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:49 AM on October 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


I am not following the outrage over the post title. Is that not what the victim said to local news after getting stomped by that asshole?

I could not believe it when I saw the footage last night, and then I remembered the rhetoric being thrown around and realized: here we go.
posted by joe lisboa at 7:50 AM on October 26, 2010


Now that is taking the country back. Back to the days when rednecks used to stomp hippies.
posted by zzazazz at 7:50 AM on October 26, 2010 [4 favorites]


Thugs!
posted by ericb at 7:51 AM on October 26, 2010


If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face— forever.
posted by bitmage at 7:51 AM on October 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


"Poison goes where poison is welcome." -- Terry Pratchett
posted by MonkeyToes at 7:51 AM on October 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Now that is taking the country back. Back to the days when rednecks used to stomp hippies.

You should really read the comments threads in youtube. Filled with a bunch of thugs saying she deserved it, and they'd do it, too.
posted by empath at 7:53 AM on October 26, 2010


This Is Your Tea Party On Thugs.
posted by ericb at 7:53 AM on October 26, 2010


>>> ... other than to smear Rand Paul ...

Considering that the soundtrack of the attempted curb-stomping was a round of "Rand Paul - Rand Paul - Rand Paul", methinks the link to young Dr Paul is relatively sound. And can you blame the candidate directly? No, but you can certainly call him out for promoting an atmosphere where his supporters feel that the proper way to quell an unarmed -- a wig is not a weapon -- protester is applying sneaker-sole to a neck. Watch the video again. The MoveOn protester is a few inches of application (or a few more pounds of pressure) away from serious, permanent injury, possibly even a broken collarbone or neck.
posted by grabbingsand at 7:54 AM on October 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Curbstomp your enthusiasm.
posted by norm at 7:55 AM on October 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Well, at least they're not hired goons.

Hired goons would be better. A paper trail connecting the Paul family more directly to their fascist minions wouldn't hurt.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 7:56 AM on October 26, 2010


I love how the immediate teabagger response I've seen to this video is consistently along the lines of "Oh wow, that'd be a terrible thing to have happened... if we can be SURE that it wasn't a STAGED TRICK to try and make the Tea Party LOOK BAD." What a load of specious bullshit. These pathetic mob-members can't even admit to their own videotaped actions as frothy violent assholes.
posted by FatherDagon at 7:56 AM on October 26, 2010


One week out:
"How do we know we're one week out from Election Day? Because everyone is going crazy right now. Before last night's final Jack Conway-vs.-Rand Paul debate, a Paul supporter stomped on a MoveOn activist. In Florida, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink was accused of cheating at last night's debate (her makeup artist reportedly passed her a note from the campaign during the debate). As we noted yesterday, the Democratic gubernatorial in Rhode Island told President Obama to 'shove it' for remaining neutral in the race. And we learned that Mississippi Congressman Gene Taylor (D) said he didn't vote for Obama in 2008 (so he voted for Nancy Pelosi for speaker, but not Obama in '08?). October's campaign phrases that pay: 'Shove It' and 'Man Up.' Can you tell it's a week out? It's a fitting conclusion to a nutty campaign year."
posted by ericb at 7:57 AM on October 26, 2010


Libertarians my ass. The whole point of Libertarianism is to reduce violence and coercion to the minimum possible level.

I don't know what those people are, but I'll just settle for "evil motherfuckers" in the short term.
posted by Malor at 7:57 AM on October 26, 2010


Libertarians my ass. The whole point of Libertarianism is to reduce violence and coercion to the minimum possible level.

You must be confused. The point of Libertarianism is to reduce the size of government so that private thuggery can go unopposed.
posted by empath at 7:58 AM on October 26, 2010 [6 favorites]


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