That video of union thugs in Michigan tearing down the Americans for Prosperity tent and punching Fox News contributor Steven Crowder repeatedly? You didn’t see that. OK, everyone’s seen it by now, so what are union supporters supposed to do? Claim the whole thing was a setup, obviously.

For their part, the Teamsters tweeted their concerns of “right-wing provocateurs” ruining their peaceful protest.

Of course they’ve seen the “heavily edited” video. The Teamsters, however, have linked to a blog post explaining the whole incident. Witnesses on the ground confirm that the AFP people loosened the ropes on their own tent. And those union people rushing the tent? They were pushing and shoving to help people out from under it. They even have a witness! Here’s Tom Duckworth.

And Crowder? He was, um, punching himself. No? Well, then he was provoking the peaceful protesters to the point where they had to start swinging fists. Daily Kos links to the same video.

As the Daily Kos concludes, “Clearly AFP came to this rally to incite an altercation that could be shown on endless loop on Fox to show that union members are, indeed, ‘union thugs’. Not surprisingly, Fox News cameramen where [sic] right there on the spot to capture it all on film.” How to counter AFP’s fake video? Duckworth also spoke to the official blogger for the Ed Schultz show so MSNBC could pass along the truth.

Conflicting reports! Which are you going to believe? The obviously fake and heavily edited video shot on the scene? Or this eyewitness who sat down with ProgressMichigan?

https://twitter.com/paulypeterson/status/278648135331504128

Will Chris Matthews step in and do the job his MSNBC cohort won’t do? Of course not. Matthews is most concerned with who paid for the AFP tent. Oh, and racism.

It seems those clever right-wing provocateurs had the foresight to catch the assault from multiple angles. Here’s video from inside the AFP tent as it was being torn down. Those Americans for Prosperity really went out of their way to make the union protesters look bad.

  • Zane Henry

    Look at that sea of fat-assed lazy union thugs. Get to work, you irrelevant hooligans. No wonder nobody wants to buy your crappy cars. Anything made by that slothful trash isn’t worth your dollars.

    And as for the teachers. Fire them. Every one of them. Children’s education should never be put behind a protest. It’s not even a strike, you eff-tards.

    • DDay

      Quite a few union “workers” had the day off, huh? Good news is the work progress at union companies is about the same whether they are there or off protesting. Union made is poorly made.

    • DDay

      Quite a few union “workers” had the day off, huh? Good news is the work progress at union companies is about the same whether they are there or off protesting. Union made is poorly made.

    • ozconservative

      Because of these assholes, Made in USA has no meaning anymore when it comes to cars.

      • Comrade Jones

        doesn’t have any worth either lmao

      • Comrade Jones

        doesn’t have any worth either lmao

      • Spiny Norman

        What do you mean “anymore”? Union work has been crap for decades. My father worked at the Chrysler plant in LA in 1961, until he got his union card pulled for complaining that other “workers” on his line were deliberately sabotaging components to create a work slowdown (UAW workers in LA thought they should get paid more than UAW workers in MI and OH – the dispute was never resolved and the plant soon closed for good).

    • ozconservative

      Because of these assholes, Made in USA has no meaning anymore when it comes to cars.

  • digitalPimple

    Ace reporting from #MessNBC.

  • nc

    Pravda would have been too embarrassed to do this.

  • ZoriahShepard

    No one smells a conspiracy quite like the liberals.

    • http://twitter.com/StrangisK Ken Strangis

      No one smells quite like a liberal.

    • TomJB

      Its projection again. Leftists send people all the time to disrupt events and attempt to be hit/shoved/threatened/spit on/whatever at TEA parties and other events. That’s what they do so of course, to their brainwashed minds, that is what the opposition must do.

  • ZoriahShepard

    No one smells a conspiracy quite like the liberals.

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Wow, this all sounds so familiar. What next, some right – winger burns down the Reichst — I mean, the Statehouse?

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Wow, this all sounds so familiar. What next, some right – winger burns down the Reichst — I mean, the Statehouse?

  • stuckinIL4now

    Wow, this was predictable, eh?

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    Oh, those dirty tricks by the Americans For Prosperity. Throwing their voices so it appeared that the union brown stains were swearing and threatening violence and murder. #Ventriloquists

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    Oh, those dirty tricks by the Americans For Prosperity. Throwing their voices so it appeared that the union brown stains were swearing and threatening violence and murder. #Ventriloquists

  • Bristel

    This is why I’m glad I’ll be carrying a camera with me no matter where I go from now on. (thanks Apple for your tiny cameras in tiny electronics!) 😉

    • http://www.bcarr.com/ Brendon Carr

      This bears repeating: Apple has provided tools that liberate us conservatives and libertarians from the tyranny of Leftist media silence. It used to be if they didn’t choose to cover something, it didn’t happen. But now we can easily, and rapidly, disseminate truth. Thanks, Steve. You really did change the world.

  • Bristel

    This is why I’m glad I’ll be carrying a camera with me no matter where I go from now on. (thanks Apple for your tiny cameras in tiny electronics!) 😉

  • Jack Deth

    The left and Unions thinks everyone behaves and acts as they would and do. They do not understand the concept or execution of a peaceful protest. Which makes the left and Union thugs go all ape shit and Hulk like after a long screaming stream of profanity.

    Must be genetic. Or lack of cerebral capacity that is at the core of their knee jerk reflexive, counter productive, yet utterly predictable responses.

    In other word….. “Here’s your Sign!”

  • Jack Deth

    The left and Unions thinks everyone behaves and acts as they would and do. They do not understand the concept or execution of a peaceful protest. Which makes the left and Union thugs go all ape shit and Hulk like after a long screaming stream of profanity.

    Must be genetic. Or lack of cerebral capacity that is at the core of their knee jerk reflexive, counter productive, yet utterly predictable responses.

    In other word….. “Here’s your Sign!”

  • EOD

    Just who is one to believe?… The Flaming Liberal MSM along with Anti-Ameican/Pro-Communist Unions…. or ones very own lyin’ eyes and ears?

  • TocksNedlog

    Fox News camermen still use “film” cameras, Kos? Wow, they really ARE behind the times!

  • TocksNedlog

    If Crowder had been STABBED, Ed ‘Sgt’ Schultz would claim that he grabbed the knife and shoved it into his own gut.
    [“I know nothink; I see nothink!”]

  • BeyondPolls

    Liberals are #violencetruthers now.

  • JudyinNC

    All Progs have their talking points now; it started last night, on the blogs, and will continue with more ‘in your face’ postings today since they have been “vindicated” by Matthews & Co. Liberals are just sheep being led by LSM psychos

  • Red Fred

    Crowder handled himself like a man. You can’t whip the whole union..oh wait, you can. Governor Snyder just proved it.

  • Joseph Phillips

    This is not Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” anymore. We have plenty of laws to protect workers. Unions are no longer needed or wanted. It’s a racket driven by fear and intimidation. Thugs and losers.

  • Matt

    So let me get this straight – AFP showed up allegedly to “provoke” a response and to show union thugs being union thugs, then when union thugs do what union thugs do, its the fault of the AFP? I like how the excuse is that Crowder “incited violence” and that the union thugs had no choice but to punch him. Next up : Crowder “headbutted” union members fist, because he’s one of the unhinged tea party.

  • Godzilla Smash14

    You know the media is just like Baghdad Bob. “There are no union thugs they are entirely peaceful we do not know of any violence.” Losers