The Townhall battles continue.
Andrew Breitbart in Washington Times:
Mark Steyn at The Corner:
Gotta love this “post-racial America”: Democrat union heavies can beat up a black guy using racial epithets and leave him in a wheelchair unable to speak — and happily (unlike, say, a black professor being asked for picture ID) it’s not “symbolic” of anything at all. Not a Sharpton in sight to speak up for him: Mr. Gladney’s only shot at fame is an entry in The Guinness Book of Records under “Least Famous Black Hate-Crime Victim In America.”
Brian Simpson at Redstate
Mary Katherine Ham at TWS:
In the video, a black man in a tan polo shirt (Gladney) is clearly being picked up and pulled to the ground by a much larger white man wearing the signature purple SEIU t-shirt (:05).
A black man and a white man, both wearing SEIU t-shirts walk away from the melee after other protesters bring attention to it, and call for police. The black SEIU member, rubbing his shoulder, says at one point, “He pushed me,” as protesters accuse him of attacking the man in the tan shirt. The black SEIU guy sounds like he’s looking for his “keys,” but I can’t be sure. In the background, the white SEIU guy is in a verbal argument with someone in a white polo who says, “You attacked him. You’re going to jail!,” which elicits and “F*** you” from the white SEIU guy.
When Gladney is brought back over to the scene, this time with an escort, he yells, “Where are my glasses?” at which point the black SEIU guy seems to hand something over to him, but it’s obscured.
“What the hell is wrong with y’all?” Gladney exclaims. “Why’d you hit me? Did I bother you?” (0:43)
The camera then pans back to the man in the white polo and the white SEIU guy:
“You attacked that guy for nothing,” says white polo.
“No, we didn’t attack him for nothing,” SEUI guy replied, adding something I can’t understand. (:53)
As the camera pans back over to a bewildered Gladney and surrounding witnesses, you can hear White Polo say, “Two of you attacked that poor guy.”
SEIU: “No, we didn’t.”
White Polo: “Yeah, you did!”
SEIU: “He attacked America!” (1:01)
At around 1:25, the person filming asks Gladney what happened.
Gladney: “That guy attacked me.”
Cameraman: “Which guy?”
Gladney: “The black guy, there.”
Gladney: “I don’t know. I was standing there, you saw me. You saw me, I’m standing here selling my flags.”
He flags down a cop car, at which point the rest of the video is of police cuffing a protesting white woman (not sure what her role was) and the white SEIU guy, who protests that he didn’t attack Gladney; he was simply removing him from his fellow SEIU member. The police are also detaining White Polo, but don’t cuff him or anything in the video.
Scott Johnson at Powerline
Elrod at The Moderate Voice
At least one prominent conservative blogger said Gladney was “brutally attacked” by SEIU members outside the event. After watching the video, there’s ample reason for skepticism. Gladney was, in fact, pulled to the ground during the fracas, but he seemed to bounce back up quickly, and is seen walking around soon after without any obvious injuries. His attorney has argued that Gladney was beaten during the fight, but there’s nothing in the clip to support that.
Gladney later went to the hospital, claiming to have sustained injuries to his “knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face.”
Yesterday, about 200 conservative activists held a protest outside the SEIU office in St. Louis. Gladney was there — bandaged and in a wheelchair — as a featured guest. Some of the activists held signs that read, “Don’t Tread on Kenny.” Reader R.D. alerted me to this tidbit in the local news account of the protest:
“Gladney did not address Saturday’s crowd of about 200 people. His attorney, David Brown, however, read a prepared statement Gladney wrote. “A few nights ago there was an assault on my liberty, and on yours, too.” Brown read. “This should never happen in this country.”
Supporters cheered. Brown finished by telling the crowd that Gladney is accepting donations toward his medical expenses. Gladney told reporters he was recently laid off and has no health insurance. [emphasis added]”
Wait, the conservative opponent of health care reform, fighting (literally) to defeat a plan that would bring coverage to those who lose their jobs, lost his coverage because he got laid off?
I’m not in a position to say whether Gladney sustained genuine injuries or whether he’s exaggerating for 15 minutes of Fox News fame and a lucrative out-of-court settlement.
Either way, the new right-wing cause celebre needs to take up a collection to pay for his medical bills because he doesn’t have health insurance. It’s a fascinating sign of the times.
David Kurtz at TPM
UPDATE #1: Gateway Pundit
UPDATE #2: More Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit