Reporter Injured as Tea Party Rally Turns Violent–with Racially Motivated Attack

Posted on December 14th, 2012 by Fingers Malloy

LANSING, MI – A pro right-to-work rally sponsored by a number of Michigan Tea Party groups turned violent Tuesday, as members of the tea party movement clashed with anti right-to-work activists outside the state capitol building. The rally coincided with the signing by Gov. Rick Snyder of the recently passed Right-to-Work bill that would limit union power in the state of Michigan.

The clash happened shortly after the rally began, as a few hundred right wing activists moved over to a tent sponsored by, a progressive PAC which is against right-to-work legislation. The tea party group chased the 20 or so progressive activists from the area, and quickly kicked the tent to the ground. Box cutters were used to slash the tent’s ropes, and to cut swatches as souvenirs, which were passed out to the angry mob.

As the tent was being kicked to the ground, several protesters confronted MSNBC contributor Steven Crowder, who was there filming interviews with the protestors. One right wing activist punched Crowder as he attempted to defend the tent from being destroyed. The man accused of the assault, Tony Fauxname, was identified 15 minutes after the attack by reporters from ABC, NBC, CBS, the Washington Post, the New York Times, MSNBC, CNN, CurrentTV, Headline News, Entertainment Tonight, TMZ, HSN, ESPN, Food Network and Al Jazeera.

After the tent was destroyed and Crowder was assaulted, the angry right wing protestors(mostly white males) turned their attention to Lansing hot dog vendor Clint Tarver. Mr. Tarver, an African-American, was hired by to provide lunch for their progressive activists. As they hurled racial slurs at Tarver, the Tea Party rioters destroyed his catering equipment. It is unclear at this point if any hate crime charges will be brought against the protesters, because Tarver was not physically assaulted.

Crowder later appeared on the highly rated and respected The Ed Show on MSNBC to discuss the ordeal. Here is a transcript of the conversation between Crowder and The Ed Show’s host, Ed Schultz.

ED SCHULTZ: Steven you were surrounded by right wing lunatics. They assaulted you. They destroyed private property. They attacked poor Clint Tarver, an African-American, and destroyed his business. These white, right wing, tea party bigots threw all kinds of racial slurs at Tarver. Ya’ll are lucky to have gotten out of there in one piece aren’t you?

STEVEN CROWDER: It was an ugly situat…

ED SCHULTZ: (Interrupts) As if the attack isn’t bad enough, you have these conservative nutjobs on websites and in their media, actually blaming you for getting attacked. They are saying you provoked it by asking questions, or that even your presence at their rally provoked these troglodytes to violence. What kind of sick, twisted idiot blames the victim of a crime and not the person who actually committed it?

STEVEN CROWDER: I don’t know why…

ED SCHULTZ: (Interrupts) I mean, I thought we still had freedom of speech in this country. It’s not MoveOn’s fault for putting up a tent. You aren’t responsible for someone else committing violence against you because of your words. These people on the right are delusional wackos for blaming you. As far as I’m concerned, if they are rallying around the guy that hit you–if they are turning a blind eye to how members of their own movement treated Mr. Tarver–then they are in essence endorsing the violence and racism that those loony right wing rioters dished out Tuesday.


ED SCHULTZ: (Interrupts) Steven Crowder, MSNBC contributor, thank you for your time.


President Obama called Crowder and Tarver Wednesday to offer his support. He later released this statement:

Freedom of speech is a right that Americans hold dear. An American should feel free to speak his or her mind without the threat of violence. We must stand tall against violence and racism. Let me be clear, my administration will hold those responsible for the ugly events that unfolded in Michigan. I will make sure that justice will be done.

And scene.

That’s how I believe the main stream media and lefty websites would have reported the left wing violence and racism that transpired at the right-to-work protests if it had been perpetrated by the Tea Party–and not left wing union activists.

But it wasn’t the Tea Party.

Fox News contributor Steven Crowder was assaulted by a left wing union activist.

It was Americans for Prosperity’s tent. It was destroyed by violent, left wing union activists.

Clint Tarver’s equipment was destroyed by a mob of mostly white, violent, racist, left wing union activists. As if that wasn’t bad enough, they hurled racial slurs at Tarver as he tried to pick up what was left of his catering equipment.

In just one afternoon, the events in Lansing demonstrated what conservatives have known for a long time: If violence and racism is not the whole of the extreme left wing, it is in its heart. It has been seen in the Occupy movement when their protests have turned violent. It can be seen daily on Twitter, as rabid left wing lunatics attack Michelle Malkin with the kind of venom and racism that would make the late Senator Robert “the Exalted Cyclops” Byrd blush even in his KKK prime.

Now as more details of what happen in Lansing come to light, some on the left are attacking Steven Crowder. They are saying he provoked it. He shouldn’t have been there. He was asking for it.

If the left wants to embrace the goon who punched Crowder, I say go for it. That thug is the poster child of the angry, violent, racist mob that destroyed private property and humiliated a black businessman with their racial slurs. Stand with that guy if you want to liberals. Own their violence. Own their racism.

I stand with Steven Crowder.

More importantly, I stand with Clint Tarver. A man who did build his business.


*Click here to listen to Clint Tarver discuss the attack on The Dana Show.




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Snark Factor 233 with Katrina Rice

Posted on June 22nd, 2012 by Fingers Malloy

Katrina Rice of joined us to talk about her experience at Right Online.

Paul Croteau stopped by for This Day in History.

Molly Teichman and John Brodigan were The Snark Factor Players.

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Snark Factor 232 with Dave Bray and Chase Downham

Posted on June 21st, 2012 by Fingers Malloy

Dave Bray of the band Madison Rising joined us to talk about their music. We played their version of The Star Spangled Banner.

Chase Downham, Indiana State Director of Americans for Prosperity discussed health care reform.

Tania Gail and Thomas LaDuke are The Snark Factor Players.

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Snark Factor 224, Our Vegas Spectacular with Stephanie Fontenot and Elizabeth Crum

Posted on June 1st, 2012 by Fingers Malloy

This is our one hour Las Vegas/Right Online special with guests Stephanie Fontenot of Americans for Prosperity and Elizabeth Crum of Nevada News Bureau.

Stephanie stopped by to give us a preview of Right Online. Elizabeth gave us tips on how to enjoy our stay in Sin City.

Tania Gail and Thomas LaDuke are The Snark Factor Players.

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Snark Factor 217 with Stephanie Fontenot of Americans for Prosperity

Posted on May 23rd, 2012 by Fingers Malloy

Stephanie Fontenot of Americans for Prosperity joins us to talk about their Right Online conference coming up this June in Las Vegas.

Tania Gail and Thomas LaDuke are The Snark Factor Players.

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Snark Factor 111 With Phil Kerpen, Author Of Democracy Denied

Posted on November 2nd, 2011 by Fingers Malloy

Phil Kerpen of Americans for Prosperity and author of Democracy Denied joined us on the radio hootenanny. We discuss topics from his new book–including card check, net neutrality, The Reins Act, cap and trade and much more. Phil also provides us with a preview of the Defending the American Dream Summit.

Amy Miller and Thomas LaDuke are The Snark Factor Players. We chat about Kim Kardashian, Kim Kardashian and Kim Kardashian. Oh, and we also discuss Bruce Jenner as a bridesmaid.

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Democracy Denied, By Phil Kerpen

Posted on November 2nd, 2011 by Fingers Malloy

Phil Kerpen, the Author of Democracy Denied joined us on The Snark Factor Tuesday. There is a great video promoting the book. Watch the video, then buy the book. Good stuff!


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Snark Factor Episode 101 with Erik Telford and John Hawkins

Posted on August 10th, 2011 by Fingers Malloy



On Snark Factor Episode 101 we talk Right Online and other issues of the day with Erik Telford and John Hawkins.

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Angered By Wisconsin Teachers? See “The Cartel”

Posted on February 18th, 2011 by Fingers Malloy

Just a few weeks ago in San Diego, I had the privilege of seeing a documentary tackling the current state of education in America called “The Cartel.”

Due to the events unfolding in Wisconsin, I believe it is very important for people to see this film. Yes–there are many fine teachers trapped in a failing system. Many of the teachers in the Madison school district did not call in sick. The protests in Wisconsin have more to do with a union that is drunk with power than the average teacher trying to do his or her job.

But we can not ignore any longer the fact that teachers unions in this country are out of control. “The Cartel” shines light on a few failing school districts–and the unions in the system that fight change.

Here is the movie trailer. For more information, go to

My thanks to Americans for Prosperity for putting together a great event during School Choice Week.

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Snark Factor Episode 91 With Andrew Breitbart, Roger Hedgecock And Ed Morrissey

Posted on February 17th, 2011 by Fingers Malloy

The Snark Factor travels to San Diego for an Americans for Prosperity–Western Right Online training session. My guests are nationally syndicated radio talk show host Roger Hedgecock, Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey and Andrew Breitbartof the Breitbart media empire.

I also give you a preview of the MUST SEE school choice documentary, The Cartel.

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