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Witness Says Fox News Contributor Steven Crowder Goaded Union Protesters

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 1:44:19 pm

According to a witness to Steven Crowder's nasty little stunt at the Michigan protest yesterday, he was provoking and insulting demonstrators, deliberately trying to goad them into violence.

Knowing how the Fox News/Breitbart gang love to stage these kinds of fake incidents to picture their targets as violent thugs, it was already pretty obvious. But now a witness has confirmed it.

Ken Spitzley, a state agriculture department employee, told HuffPost that he walked to the protest at the state Capitol during a break from work and that he witnessed Crowder getting in protesters' faces and goading them.

"He was just after everybody," said the 56-year-old Spitzley, a procurement technician whose workplace is represented by the United Auto Workers. "There was no question he was there just to start a fight, to start some kind of trouble."

According to Spitzley, Crowder had an exchange with two pro-union men wearing blue jeans, hard hats and Carhartt clothing. One of them asked Crowder what he did for a living, according to Spitzley.

"He said, 'I sell soap. I should sell you some,'" Spitzley said, quoting Crowder.

Spitzley said he did not witness the punching incident or the exchange leading up to it. But in Spitzley's estimation, Crowder "wasn't going to go home until he got punched."

UPDATE at 12/12/12 2:51:13 pm

Crowder has staged similar stunts before, as Adam Shriver points out here: Fox News Steven Crowder & Americans for Prosperity Use Breitbart-Style Film Editing to Show "Union Thug Brutality".

When BlogCon (a conservative blogging conference) was held in Denver, Crowder and a group of angry right-wingers surrounded Occupy Denver protesters and screamed at them. Crowder later claimed he was "assaulted" while part of a large, screaming mob surrounding five people. Here are the relevant videos:

Crowder getting in someone's face:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPAL8aG3q6M

Crowder apparently pushing a lady from behind, then acting like she attacked him (see especially after the 3 minute mark):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKtvqWtIwZQ

He then claimed she "assaulted" him:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlQ_ES7qzwE

Crowder going on Fox News to whine about how "violent" occupy Denver was:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mj7zBWTWEwQ

It's almost as if they do the same thing every time. Huh.