Teabaggers turn violent; Joe the Plumber-Contractor [apparently not] in a fight?

What we know for sure is that the non-grassroots Tea Party movement descended upon Milwaukee today and held a rally at a lakefront park. (It could very well have been one that the city’s famous socialist government created.) Among the featured speakers: Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, who is currently running for Wisconsin governor on the Republican ticket; Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who is a rabid right-wing man but runs as a Democrat to fool voters (which sadly works); and Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, a.k.a. Joe the Contractor Plumber.

Apparently a man provoked some of the teabaggers, eventually causing a large group of them — incluing Joe the Unlicensed Plumber — to chase him. What we know for sure is that he was beaten, and that Joe the Unlicensed Plumber may have taken a swing at him. Blogger Renee Crawford saw what happened and provides a detailed report. She writes:

“Then Joe the Plummer joined the tussle. I kid you not. I have no idea his role in it, just that he was IN THE MIDDLE of the crowd. The sheriffs get there, I turn to look at Joe the Plummer and the next thing I know the guy being assaulted by the crowd is bloody on the ground under the knee of two sheriffs and being cuffed. His face was bloody, there was something about a broken camera and I became scared of the crowd who were cheering and congratulating the sheriffs for “doing a great job”…

We will have to wait until the sheriff’s report comes out tomorrow. I can’t help but wonder if our DINO right-wing sheriff will attempt to tamper with the report, or prevent Joe the Contractor Plumber from being listed as an assailant — if he indeed was in on it. I wasn’t there, so I just don’t know.

Also: Joe the not-Plumber is visible for a moment in this video of the arrest. He’s wearing a tan shirt.

I find the comments by the man holding the camcorder quite interesting: “Nothing happened here… he got what he deserved.”

Beating someone you disagree with is acceptable? Having a mob chase him is all right?

Update: JS now says that a fight occurred, but makes absolutely no reference to JTP(C) being involved or even present.

Also: Heartland Holler has video of the tea party mob.

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.

5 thoughts on “Teabaggers turn violent; Joe the Plumber-Contractor [apparently not] in a fight?”

  1. “Update: JS now says that a fight occurred, but makes absolutely no reference to JTP(C) being involved or even present.”

    Perhaps the JS is merely waiting for more information to come in before making wild agenda-driven accusations cloaked in the form of a question.

  2. Where in the world are you getting that Joe took a swing at this guy? The only video evidence of him being involved clearly shows him trying to break up the confrontation.

    Embellish much?

    1. I have now heard from an eyewitness that Mr. Wurzelbacher may have been trying to intervene — but the fact remains that a mob had surrounded the individual.

      1. “…but the fact remains that a mob had surrounded the individual.”

        And managed to do nothing more than yell at the guy, who by several accounts waded into the crowd picking fights. How you translate that into “teabaggers turn violent” is just plain dishonest.

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