Democratic Congressman Attacks Student, Gives Press Conference
Bob Etheridge (D-NC) assaulted a student on the streets of the DC. The student, who was with a friend (also with a camera), was filming the congressman and asked him if he supported the Obama agenda, upon which the congressman became unhinged.
Watch the video, along with commentary and opinion by AWorldExposure:
The video has gone viral on the Internet, of course, including being posted on blogs everywhere.
Congressman Etheridge put out the following “press release,” by way of an apology.
I have seen the video posted on several blogs. I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction and I apologize to all involved. Throughout my many years of service to the people of North Carolina, I have always tried to treat people from all viewpoints with respect. No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become, this does not justify a poor response. I have and I will always work to promote a civil public discourse. (Source: Congressman Bob Etheridge)
The congressman gave a press conference, which was just now aired on Fox News. To his credit, the congressman apologized and seemed contrite. But, of course, all that is because he needlessly and illegally attacked someone. He should be contrite.
The congressman dodged some questions and stuck to the script. But what was really shocking was the way the press really struggled to give Etheridge a “way out.”
Here are some of the questions he was asked, along with his answers (slightly paraphrased. I type fast, but not THAT fast.) Additionally, I don’t know who any of the press members were, so I can’t call them out by name.
Q: Was there any other physical contact other than on video?
Etheridge refuses to answer, restates apology.
Q: What event were you attending? When did this happen?
Etheridge: “That’s not the issue.” Repeats apology.
Q: Have you talked to them personally?
“I don’t know who they are. I would if I did.”
Q: Did you feel physically threatened at all?
Etheridge: “I’ve been spat at, pushed before. No excuse.”
Q: This video was edited. Is there anything we didn’t see. Yelling?
Etheridge: “I’m not getting into that.”
Q: Are you accustomed to people putting a camera in your face?
Etheridge: “I’ve had lots of cameras. This was a little different.”
Q: Did you have a bad day? Frustrated by the partisan politics?
Q: Do you think this was a trick by Republicans?
Etheridge: “We’ll see.”
This is my favorite question in a string of really solid questioning. Notice how the press tries to latch onto anything that would mitigate the congressman’s violent attack: Yelling. Bad mood. Unused to cameras. And, the go-to excuse for the liberal media, selective editing.
Finally, this must be a Republican trick. Because the conservatives are so wily, we even live inside your heads and control your behavior! Get out those tinfoil hats now, libs. We’re a-coming for ya.
Get a grip, members of the MSM. There is only one person to blame for this attack: Bob Etheridge. Yet another liberal acting violent.
The congressman should resign, effective immediately. There is no place in government (or in society) for people who attack without cause or justification.