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.