Lansing, MI — Comedian, FNC contributor, and activist Steven Crowder was punched in the face four times by a union protester today during the chaos outside of the Michigan state capitol.
The Michigan legislature today gave final passage to right-to-work legislation that ends the practice of forced union dues collection in the state, and the bill was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder this evening.
The deliberations prompted thousands of protesters to assemble outside the capitol, and state police in riot gear needed to be called out to restore order on the capitol lawn.
Earlier in the day, Democrat Rep. Douglas Geiss said on the Michigan House floor that “there will be blood” if the right-to-work measure was voted into law.
As captured on video, a union protester slugged Crowder and others tore down a tent belonging to Americans for Prosperity, a free market think tank. Another man is heard apparently threatening to shoot Crowder.
According to Lansing TV station WILX:
“Right to work protesters toppled a tent on the capitol lawn that had been erected by supporters of the legislation. The tent straps were loosened and then toppled even though there were people inside.
“A loud and angry confrontation between protesters and supporters followed.”
Crowder described what happened to him to FNC:
“The video is self explanatory. I was sucker-punched 4 times on camera, without retaliation, choked, and the AFP tent is torn to the ground with women and children inside of it. Extremely violent footage.”
Crowder told The Blaze that he won’t press charges if the union protester will go mano-a-mano against him in a charity bout. In the meantime a reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the attacker.
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Michigan unions and Democrats claim they will go to court to try to block the right-to-work law as well as recall the lawmakers who voted for it.
The Daily Caller reports that White House spokesman Jay Carney “declined to condemn the increasing violence and threats by union members in Michigan, merely telling reporters Tuesday that ‘the president believes in debate that’s civil.’ ” The president was in Michigan yesterday where he denounced the new right-to-work law.
Whether it’s Wisconsin or Michigan, why do you think that some union members engage in violence over legislation they don’t agree with? Are you pro choice when it comes to union dues?