(updated several times)
The Michigan House has now given final approval to the state's right-to-work law, which awaits Governor Rick Snyder's signature. Opponents of the bill have responded with huge protests.
Fox News troll Steven Crowder is on the scene, and -- omigod! -- he claims he was savagely brutalized:
AFP tent torn down with women and children in it. Was punched in the face four times. RT and await the video.— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) December 11, 2012
And you know he's not lying because he's grievously wounded:
Seriously, dude? That's your evidence of savagery? I got a worse cut than that over the weekend trying to take the lid off a tomato can so I could recycle it. (Truth!)
Oh, wait -- he's also claiming he suffered a chipped tooth:
Really? Your political opponents caused that gap in your teeth? The one that looks exactly like the gap you had in your teeth in this picture Fox Nation ran two years ago?
Oh, and (as noted in the Crowder tweet above) the wingers are upset that "union thugs" took down an Americans for Prosperity tent:
Gosh, I certainly hope those poor, struggling Koch brothers can afford a new one....
(Via Michelle Malkin's Twitter House o' Hysteria, aka Twitchy.)
UPDATE: AFP posts a video clip (from Fox News, naturally) under the headline "Brutality & Violence from Union Protestors, AFP Activists Trampled On." Do you see any brutality in this clip? And no trampling, either; there's a description of the trampling of the tent, but no one claims any people were trampled.
ALSO, TOO: Wingers are upset that a Democratic legislator in Michigan said "there will be blood" in response to this right-to-work drive (full quote: "We are about to undue 100 years of [labor progress]. There will be blood on the streets"). But Scott Hagerstrom of AFP-Michigan said in a speech a month ago,
We fight these battles on taxes and regulation but really what we would like to see is to take the unions out at the knees so they don't have the resources to fight these battles."There will be blood" vs. "take the unions out at the knees"? We even now?
Well, there's Crowder's martyr moment: toward the end of this, a guy goes after Crowder. Then, later another guy grabs him. People -- union thugs! -- step in to break things up each time:
At the end, he seems pretty damn pleased that it happened.
OH, BLOODY HELL: You're joking, right?
With Occupy Wall Street, we saw rape tents. With unions, we get attempted murder tents. #UnionThuggery— OhioCoastie (@OhioCoastie) December 11, 2012
No, he's not joking. See the first embedded video to assess how ridiculous this is. (Self-righteously retweeted by Glenn Reynolds, of course.)
UPDATE: Emptywheel expresses deep skepticism about the right's version of these events.