When Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa told President Obama and an audience of union thugs that the Teamsters were his army and that he wanted to “take these sons of bitches out,” I thought I’d heard it all. Obviously, I underestimated the darkness within the Democrats’ souls.
Less than an hour after Hoffa’s exhortation to violence, Dick Harpootlian, the former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, talked with FNC’s Megyn Kelly about Hoffa’s statement. Harpootlian said “I’m sorry. I just don’t see anything wrong with that.” Earlier in the interview, he said that Brad Blakeman he needed to “take a deep breath”, implying that this wasn’t a big deal.

I take exception to Harpootlian’s attempt to downplay this thug’s exhortation to violence. The reality is that Katherine Windels, a Wisconsin early childhood teacher, allegedly sent email threats to Wisconsin legislators during the March protests:

Madison – A 26-year-old woman was charged Thursday with two felony counts and two misdemeanor counts for allegedly making email threats against Wisconsin lawmakers during the height of the battle over Gov. Scott Walker’s budget-repair bill.

Katherine R. Windels of Cross Plains was named in a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Criminal Court.

According to the criminal complaint, Windels allegedly sent an email threat to State Sen. Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) March 9. Later that evening, she allegedly sent another email to 15 Republican legislators, including Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau).

The subject line of the second email was: “Atten: Death Threat!!!! Bomb!!!” In that email, she purportedly wrote, “Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your families will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks.”

I hope you have a good time in hell,” she allegedly wrote in the lengthy email in which she purportedly listed scenarios in which the legislators and their families would die, including bombings and by “putting a nice little bullet in your head.”

Thoughtful Democrats should criticize Mr. Harpootlian for defending Jimmy Hoffa’s indefensible statements. Mr. Harpootlian’s statement indicates that he doesn’t take seriously the numerous union thug actions of the last 9 months.

Katherine Windels isn’t the only union thug to allegedly threaten violence. Let’s remember how SEIU union thugs violently beat up Kenneth Gladney for selling flags outside a townhall meeting held by Rep. Russ Carnahan:

Kenneth Gladney, a 38-year-old conservative activist from St. Louis, said he was attacked by some of those arrested as he handed out yellow flags with “Don’t tread on me” printed on them. He spoke to the Post-Dispatch from the emergency room of the St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, where he said he was waiting to be treated for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face that he suffered in the attack. Gladney, who is black, said one of his attackers, also a black man, used a racial slur against him before the attack started.

That’s in addition to SEIU thugs showing up at the home of Greg Baer:

Last Sunday, on a peaceful, sun-crisp afternoon, our toddler finally napping upstairs, my front yard exploded with 500 screaming, placard-waving strangers on a mission to intimidate my neighbor, Greg Baer. Baer is deputy general counsel for corporate law at Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500), a senior executive based in Washington, D.C. And that, in the minds of the organizers at the politically influential Service Employees International Union and a Chicago outfit called National Political Action, makes his family fair game.

Waving signs denouncing bank “greed,” hordes of invaders poured out of 14 school buses, up Baer’s steps, and onto his front porch. As bullhorns rattled with stories of debtor calls and foreclosed homes, Baer’s teenage son Jack, alone in the house, locked himself in the bathroom. “When are they going to leave?” Jack pleaded when I called to check on him.

Baer, on his way home from a Little League game, parked his car around the corner, called the police, and made a quick calculation to leave his younger son behind while he tried to rescue his increasingly distressed teen. He made his way through a din of barked demands and insults from the activists who proudly “outed” him, and slipped through his front door.

“Excuse me,” Baer told his accusers, “I need to get into the house. I have a child who is alone in there and frightened.”

Do these sound like the actions of a misunderstood bunch of unionistas or do they sound like something far, far worse? Here’s what Nina Easton wrote about the incident:

Now this event would accurately be called a “protest” if it were taking place at, say, a bank or the U.S. Capitol. But when hundreds of loud and angry strangers are descending on your family, your children, and your home, a more apt description of this assemblage would be “mob.” Intimidation was the whole point of this exercise, and it worked-even on the police. A trio of officers who belatedly answered our calls confessed a fear that arrests might “incite” these trespassers.

This is but a tiny sampling of the threats and intimidation tactics employed by union thugs. The actions witnessed by Nina Easton are becoming more frequent. In many minds, they’re the rule, not the exception.

Another instance of union thug tactics was AFSCME’s attempted intimidation of Wisconsin businesses:

Members of Wisconsin State Employees Union, AFSCME Council 24, have begun circulating letters to businesses in southeast Wisconsin, asking them to support workers’ rights by putting up a sign in their windows.

If businesses fail to comply, the letter says, “Failure to do so will leave us no choice but (to) do a public boycott of your business. And sorry, neutral means ‘no’ to those who work for the largest employer in the area and are union members.”

Union thugs are becoming famous for their threats and intimidation tactics. These tactics have been employed in Maryland, Missouri, Michigan and Wisconsin. Tactics have included threats of violence (Michigan and Wisconsin), actual violence (Missouri) and acts of intimidation(Wisconsin).

For Mr. Harpootlian to act like these union thugs are innocents who are simply misunderstood is insulting. He needs to admit that he tried downplaying a serious situation. He needs to admit that union thugs have gained a well-deserved reputation for inciting violence while using threats and intimidation to get what they want.

That Mr. Harpootlian won’t denounce the Teamsters’ thug tactics and President Obama won’t talk about the unions’ threats and intimidation speaks to the fact that their souls are very, very dark.

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3 Responses to “Harpootlian condones Hoffa’s exhortation to violence”

  • eric z says:

    You want thugs, those Bachmann body guards roughing up reporters was thuggery and uncontestedly so. Using pejorative wording when the lady’s in a glass house seems a questionable tctic. Those goons assulted people. Look up the definition of assault. It happens.

    Now, dropping the ‘goon’ and ‘thug’ stuff might be a step to consider. It’s more heat than light. It is inflaming passion, not seeking reasoned agreement.

    Turning it around per the Bachmann body guards is more to show how the shoe can be put on any foot; but it adds little to reasoned debate.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Eric, What Bachmann body guards beat up reporters? If it happened, it’d be front page news in every newspaper in America. It’d be blasted to the masses by the Daily Kos & MMFA, MinnPost & MnPublius.

    I’ll drop the goon & thug stuff when union operatives stop with their thuggish behavior & intimidation tactics. Not a split-second before it. When SEIU thugs beat a street vendor up to the point where he’s hospitalized, when a school teacher tells the majority leader of the Wisconsin state senate that she hopes he fries in hell, that’s stuff to be taken seriously.

    Here in Minnesota, GLBT activists spat on Rod Hamilton after the marriage amendment debate. Shame on those thuggish intimidation tactics.

    I’ll stop using accurate terms to describe the rabid left’s tactics when they don’t fit. BTW, I don’t think of you as part of the rabid left.

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