Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Enough is enough!!!

Another example of rude, hateful, unhelpful, and unAmerican behavior at a 2008 political rally. And to think McCain got ticked off when asked about unruly people showing up at his rallies. From 538, with pictures at the original post:

After the rally, we witnessed a near-street riot involving the exiting McCain crowd and two Cuban-American Obama supporters. Tony Garcia, 63, and Raul Sorando, 31, were suddenly surrounded by an angry mob. There is a moment in a crowd when something goes from mere yelling to a feeling of danger, and that's what we witnessed. As photographers and police raced to the scene, the crowd elevated from stable to fast-moving scrum, and the two men were surrounded on all sides as we raced to the circle.

The event maybe lasted a minute, two at the most, before police competently managed to hustle the two away from the scene and out of the danger zone. Only FiveThirtyEight tracked the two men down for comment, a quarter mile down the street.

"People were screaming 'Terrorist!' 'Communist!' 'Socialist!'" Sorando said when we caught up with him. "I had a guy tell me he was gonna kill me."

Asked what had precipitated the event, "We were just chanting 'Obama!' and holding our signs. That was it. And the crowd suddenly got crazy.

Garcia told us that the man who originally had warned the two it was his property when they had first tried to attend the rally with Obama T-shirts was one of the agitators. Coming up just before the scene started getting out of hand, the man whispered in Garcia's ear, "I'm gonna beat you up the next time I see you." Garcia described him for us: "a big stocky man wearing a tweed jacket."

Man, this election can't end soon enough. Anyone who behaves this way is an arrogant beast and an embarassment to their country, I don't care who they're voting for.


Jordan said...

I noticed you didn't tag 'Obama' in that post; even though it was his supporters antagonizing that crowd.

Nathan Empsall said...

Whoa whoa whoa, hold the phone. Are you implying that holding protest signs outside a rally is cause for death threats and physical intimidation???

the cajun said...

We have come to the brink of being a third world country where thugs rule and intimidate anyone who disagrees with their candidate's positions.
I pray this begins to subside after Nov. 4th.