Students Pelt Rove in “Protest”; Update: Video added; Update: Witness report; Diggers call students “heroic”

posted at 2:51 am on April 4, 2007 by Bryan

The loving, tolerant left is at it again.

WASHINGTON — White House Advisor Karl Rove was the target of a protest on the American University campus Tuesday night, NBC 4 reported.

Rove was on the campus to talk to the College Republicans, but when he got outside more than a dozen students began throwing things at him and at his car, an American University spokesperson said.

There’s a frustrating lack of detail here. What did they throw? Was it stuff that’s unlikely to hurt, or was it stuff that can maim or kill? I’m guessing the projectiles were closer to the former since there were no arrests made. But you can’t count on that standard anymore, not after the police in Seattle have decided to buy off the hooligans from the violent 1999 WTO protests.

The law seems not to apply to leftists anymore.

Update (AP): The rez is as low as can be, but here’s the vid.

More: Here’s where the vid probably came from.

I work as a manager at [a campus facility]. Last night I was working the closing shift and the public safety officer came in with sweat all over his forehead. He said, “Wow. It’s been one of those nights!” I asked why and he said that Rove was on campus. I said, “What?! I would’ve wanted to go to that! Why didn’t I know about this?” He said it wasn’t really advertised because they didn’t want problems (i.e., dumb liberal college students doing exactly the kind of stuff they did).

Apparently, they were lying on the ground in a circle around his car and wouldn’t let him leave. When an officer would pick one up they would go limp and then another leftist loser would run in and take their place. He didn’t go into a lot of details, but he said he thought someone took a picture.

And they did. The above looks like cell phone cam video to me.

It’s telling that the campus authorities knew that advertising Rove’s appearance there would become a moonbat magnet. They didn’t advertise it, and still had problems. If Michael Moore or any leftwing ideologue descends on AU or any other college campus, it gets advertised far and wide and no one gets pelted. Well, other than Moore’s audience getting pelted with nonsense.

Do these young tykes realize that they’re behaving like fascist thugs? Do they even care?

Update: Diggers are on the story, calling the students “heroic” and one commenter hoping they get the chance to murder Karl Rove.

When do we get to drag him out into the street and stone him? Oops, looks like it is already happening. This is the best thing until we can try him for treason. Rove hates america and American values. He would make serf of us all, if given the chance. He is an evil monster, a blot on the landscape, a murdering marauding maniac out to destroy over 200 years of American sacrifice and heroism. He deserves the harshest treatment and punishment that can be meted to traitors and murderers.

Is it possible to get a restraining order against anonymous blowhard commenters?

Update: It’s predictable, yet relevant. HuffPo readers also want Rove killed.

Update (Ian): A Daily Kos blogger complains the real crime was the removal of students who “peacefully” laid on the ground around Rove’s car. How dare the police do their job!


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Liberal tolerance strikes again!

My favorite part of the article:

Police said they have dealt with a lot of protests on campus and this one was handled peacefully.

No one was arrested.

How is assaulting someone by throwing things at them “peaceful”? Obviously they’re saying the police handled it without incident, but it’s annoying…. just because the police themselves weren’t attacked when handling the situation doesn’t make it “peaceful”.

And no arrests!? Whew! That was a close one – someone was almost held accountable for their actions. Dodged that bullet!

RightWinged on April 4, 2007 at 3:06 AM

After all these years, I still don’t understand the libs obsession with Karl Rove and trying to “bring him down.” Can we officially label it RDS.

As far as Seattle goes, the anarchists win. They are the ones who incited the riots. The looting started shortly thereafter. The dumb libs that were downtown gawking at the activities and taking part in other marches got caught in the whole mess when they should have vacated the area. The libs sue the liberal Seattle government, which pays off the libs. Lib on lib litigation.

BTW, the anarchists in Seattle came up from Portland. They are the same groups that were burning soldiers in effigy during the recent anti-war protests.

Mallard T. Drake on April 4, 2007 at 3:18 AM

After all these years, I can’t believe you have left this behind…….

PinkyBigglesworth on April 4, 2007 at 3:39 AM

“You suck, and those boys died!”

Sorry, I missed this money quote……. time to bring it up again, since the Clintons are in campaign mode again…..

The true tale of the “man” behind the “woman” who would be king…….

And you all want to live through this again? When we have an active War against us?

Yeah, let’s listen to Rosie…. when this “clap trap” is tolerated.

President George W. Bush is a Thousand (1000) times the “man” Mr. Clinton will ever be………

PinkyBigglesworth on April 4, 2007 at 3:46 AM

Bryan, this one is for you…….

With Love“…….

Pinky

PinkyBigglesworth on April 4, 2007 at 3:52 AM

Bryan, this one is for you…….

“With Love“…….

Pinky

PinkyBigglesworth on April 4, 2007 at 3:52 AM

Sorry, I should have posted “Content Warning” on that one… you have the single person that destroyed our immigration policy……

You have a long term Senator, voted by his people, but do they know about “Mary Jo“….

And now he is at it again, good-bye American Borders

Enjoy that with your morning coffee…. along with CNN, sorry for that, but I was trying to make both points.

PinkyBigglesworth on April 4, 2007 at 4:08 AM

One More……

PinkyBigglesworth on April 4, 2007 at 4:13 AM

Some of the “students” hope to join the Riot Abroad program’s Semester in Paris, where they can mingle with “youths.”

saint kansas on April 4, 2007 at 4:35 AM

So, if the day ever comes when WE riot outside of DNC HQ and tear the building down, we’ll not be held accountable either, right?

[In a pigs eye!!]

georgej on April 4, 2007 at 6:47 AM

I saw the article this morning on Drudge. The accompanying photo shows that the students are all surprisingly well-dressed. One guy caught in the act of throwing something even seems to be wearing a suit.

Hey, at least it’s progress. If the days of the tie-died hippie are over, I’m all for it!

Anton on April 4, 2007 at 7:34 AM

That should by tie-dyed, sorry.

Anton on April 4, 2007 at 7:36 AM

Dear IRS,

As a professional protester may I deduct the cost of my projectiles?

Thanks,
Jane

Limerick on April 4, 2007 at 7:42 AM

One guy caught in the act of throwing something even seems to be wearing a suit.

Anton on April 4, 2007 at 7:34 AM

I believe the one in the suit is actually helping restrain the person in the capris and flip-flops.

RightWinged on April 4, 2007 at 8:01 AM

Hey Bryan, you just got quoted on USA Today…

Bryan, writing about the incident on the Conservative HotAir blog, notes “There’s a frustrating lack of detail here. What did they throw? Was it stuff that’s unlikely to hurt, or was it stuff that can maim or kill? I’m guessing the projectiles were closer to the former since there were no arrests made.”

We don’t have the answers to those questions right now, but we’ll let you know if we get any more details.

http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2007/04/karl_rove_heckl.html

John on April 4, 2007 at 8:29 AM

What I don’t understand is, how can a woman here in Virginia get sentenced to two years in jail for throwing a cup of ice into someone’s car (considered a projectile) yet throwing projectiles at a person doesn’t even get you arrested?

CookeyD on April 4, 2007 at 8:46 AM

Not surprising, given wacademia’s ruling last week;

‘Slaps on wrist’ for attacking Minutemen
[Columbia University issues only written warnings for rioters]

After nearly six months, Columbia University has issued punishments, including “slaps on the wrist,” to students who wildly rushed a campus stage and shut down a speech by Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist.

Predictably, student rioters are gloating and unrepentant;

I make no apology for my decision to walk onto the Roone Arledge stage in protest. The Minutemen are a group of armed racists, with open neo-Nazis in their ranks, who have taken it upon themselves to terrorize the most vulnerable people in our society, and who should be [ed. translation: assaulted by mobs] protested at every turn.

Terp Mole on April 4, 2007 at 9:10 AM

Hey Bryan, you just got quoted on USA Today…

So you’re on a first-name basis with USA Today?

You’re like the Madonna or Sting or Cher of the blogosphere.

saint kansas on April 4, 2007 at 9:27 AM

WaPo reports official reactions;

“Rarely is there a protest that is not peaceful,” [White House] spokeswoman Emily Lawrimore said. “Karl was never in any danger. He appreciated the opportunity and the invitation.”

Kim Bruce, a spokeswoman for the Secret Service, said that after Rove spoke, “several individuals who had gathered outside the speech area threw unknown objects at the vehicle.”

In addition, she said, “some individuals ran in front of the vehicle” but did not impede” Rove’s departure.

How does stopping a vehicle “not impede” departure?

Terp Mole on April 4, 2007 at 9:56 AM

Libs love free speech, don’t they?

foxforce91 on April 4, 2007 at 10:03 AM

LOL…as I said on my page…isn’t lying down in front of a car is putting a LOT of trust in a guy that they generally view as a psychopathic murderer.

E. M. on April 4, 2007 at 10:04 AM

After watching the video, all I can say is ROVE DERANGEMENT SYNDROME. I mean, at no point could I ever image throwing things or shouting at the Clintons or similar. Or anyone. Let alone James Carville, who is pretty much the DNC equivalent of Karl Rove and doesn’t get me near as riled as Billary, Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean, etc.

John on April 4, 2007 at 10:06 AM

WaPo reports students were attempting to make a false arrest;

Goodman said students went to the Ward Circle building where Rove spoke to make a “citizen’s arrest” of the presidential adviser. He said the students claimed they had compiled evidence indicating that Rove had violated what they say is a presidential records act stipulating that all presidential e-mail be recorded on White House servers.

students” vigilantees

Terp Mole on April 4, 2007 at 10:14 AM

Exactly. They’re acting like they accuse the Minutemen of acting.

foxforce91 on April 4, 2007 at 10:17 AM

Who paid for this rent-a-mob, I want to know.

I am reminded of the scene in Batman 2, where the Penguin is pelted with rotten food and he mutters something to the effect that why do people ALWAYS bring rotten tomatoes to a speech?

CrimsonFisted on April 4, 2007 at 10:21 AM

I have often thought that instead of waiting outside in order to ambush someone, those that disagree with someone’s point of view should attend the lecture, take notes and engage in a discussion during questions and answers.
This would only strengthen their point of view.
I guess that is too academic an exercise for a college student to engage in…

Babs on April 4, 2007 at 10:28 AM

But officer, I was just trying to get in my university-mandated “community service” hours.

saint kansas on April 4, 2007 at 10:30 AM

take notes – Babs on April 4, 2007

Does college require note taking these days? Who knew?

Limerick on April 4, 2007 at 10:32 AM

What would the USA be like if the SCOTUS started making rulings designed to modify unacceptable behavior? The first act of lawlessness should allow the protectors of our society’s laws (the police) a lot of leeway in the actions required to quell such lawlessness.

If they made the point that free speech has clear limits and that ignorance of those limits would be no excuse for crossing the line, people, parents specifically, would teach their kids to respect their fellow community members and to only dissent for VALID reasons and do so respectfully.

For goodness sake! What is wrong with some people nowadays? SP thought gone wild? Maybe.

csdeven on April 4, 2007 at 10:46 AM

They’re college kids. That’s what college kids do…in the 1970s.

budorob on April 4, 2007 at 10:51 AM

I have gotten to the point where i am going to vote and everytime i see someone act like this, i will take it as my duty realalize a dumb a&* will do as dumb a&*es does.

kara26 on April 4, 2007 at 10:55 AM

CrimsonFisted asked: Who paid for this rent-a-mob, I want to know.

WaPo reports AU Club Council Vice President, Josh Goodman was aware of the conspiracy;

Goodman said students went to the Ward Circle building where Rove spoke to make a “citizen’s arrest” of the presidential adviser. He said the students claimed they had compiled evidence indicating that Rove had violated what they say is a presidential records act stipulating that all presidential e-mail be recorded on White House servers.

Apparently, the funding arm of the student council was fully aware of this criminal conspiracy.

Terp Mole on April 4, 2007 at 10:59 AM

This is a result of appeasing liberals and not confronting them.

We have allowed them to take over the media with barely a whimper.

We have allowed them to take over the our Colleges.

We have allowed them to take over public school system.

Just like appeasing the Terrorists in the middle east, 40 years of appeasing liberals has resulted in Tyranny.

When are our leaders going to grow some balls and put a stop to the destruction of our country.

They are not the majority yet we allow this crap to continue.

Time to withdraw some funds to these communist universities and start firing the administrators.

ScottyDog on April 4, 2007 at 11:10 AM

Do these young tykes realize that they’re behaving like fascist thugs? Do they even care?

They are the product of liberal academia. They always hold the moral high ground and any who oppose them are deemed fascist thugs. Of course they care. The giveaway is biting the lip and wiping away a dry tear.

fogw on April 4, 2007 at 11:24 AM

No one was arrested.

What??? You mean they didn’t arrest Rove for inciting a riot?

They must be slipping.

taznar on April 4, 2007 at 11:34 AM

isn’t lying down in front of a car is putting a LOT of trust in a guy that they generally view as a psychopathic murderer.

Perhaps they were hoping for a Rachel Corrie moment and the chance to be martyrs for the church of Liberalism.

Mallard T. Drake on April 4, 2007 at 11:40 AM

After all these years, I can’t believe you have left this behind…….

PinkyBigglesworth on April 4, 2007 at 3:39 AM

I believe the same thing happened to a man in Chicago for heckling President Clinton. If I was Rove or any other member of this administration I would insist on adequate security. Rove had a busload of protestors show up at his home. Throw the book at these clowns and the protests would dry up. Clinton knew what he was doing.

You can take this incident as a metaphor for what is going on in Iraq. Treating your enemy with kid gloves does not win you points with them, it encourages them. The RoE with punks like this should be to charge them with the most serious charges and force them to spend time and money defending themselves. Throwing unknown objects is attempted assault.

Bill C on April 4, 2007 at 11:53 AM

Remember when this used to be a crime?

Defector01 on April 4, 2007 at 12:05 PM

He said it wasn’t really advertised because they didn’t want problems (i.e., dumb liberal college students doing exactly the kind of stuff they did).

Typical college dodge. Advertize 24/7 in all venues for hard Left speakers, and nothing for conservative speakers so the audience is thin because no one knew. The security thing is pathetic. If it was the KKK speaking, the universities would revel in the attention and bru-ha-ha generated by the controversy. This passive agressive attitude towards conservatives is not innocent on the part of US “higher education.”

naliaka on April 4, 2007 at 12:16 PM

Pssst. Hey. Liberals.

I know you get a little confused about censorship. Or “censureship” as Honora calls it. Some of you seem to think that voicing opinions about other people’s opinions is censorship. (Sorry, honora. Censureship.)

Well, no. What you’re looking for is this. Now this is some censor/censureship. This is what silencing someone actually looks like.

There you go, liberals. Just trying to be helpful.

Professor Blather on April 4, 2007 at 12:32 PM

I’m thinking college should be available only on a pay-as-you-go basis. There are far too many idiots sitting around on campus with nothing to do except cause trouble.

Connie on April 4, 2007 at 12:36 PM

Secret Service visit to all those little
darlings.

Texyank on April 4, 2007 at 12:37 PM

out to destroy over 200 years of American sacrifice and heroism

What is their point? Or context? Do they or anyone else think any kind of liberal socialist agenda existed two hundred years ago?
Not to mention any kind of sacrifice or heroism associated with much of anything other than the guarantee of a Republican form of government.

Speakup on April 4, 2007 at 12:41 PM

Liberalism is the temper tantrum that never ends.

Why doesn’t it end? Because they aren’t held responsible for the consequences of their actions.

Yes, they’re thugs, and the college admins give in.

Yes, they’re censors, and the ACLU ignores it.

Yes, they commit crimes, and the police let them get away with it.

Yes, they lie, and the press helps them.

Do conservatives riot and tear down shops during protests?

Do conservatives clog campuses and demand that liberals not be allowed to speak?

Do conservatives assault liberal politicians and expect to walk away?

We know which side is populated by thugs and cowards. Show me a liberal who is ashamed of these behaviors and I’ll show you an outcast from the “progressive” movement.

But once again, their thuggery has been rewarded. And thuggery rewarded is thuggery repeated.

If you want to accept bribes, funnel government money to your spouse, riot and wreck property and assault people with impunity, all you have to do is register Democrat. It helps if you spout progressive dogma, but it appears to be optional.

Merovign on April 4, 2007 at 1:10 PM

Protesting just like Martin Luther King Jr. or Ghandi would have wanted.

0h wait-

mattshu on April 4, 2007 at 1:39 PM

Pelted with rocks, according to Liveleak. Liberals are emulating their islamic masters it seems.

aengus on April 4, 2007 at 1:45 PM

Terrorism: Using violence or the threat of violence to stifle political speech or action.

Sounds like they were terrorists to me.

Let’s send ‘em to Gitmo.

mattshu on April 4, 2007 at 2:03 PM

why aren’t these thugs in jail and why does the University
tolerate this behavior … why bother having laws, let’s just turn the old USA into a massive free-for-all. The behavior is sad, the lack of interest in containing mob rule on the part of our institutions and government is sadder. I’ve pretty much given up hope for this once great country.

paul

pbary on April 4, 2007 at 2:07 PM

Why is it always the “peace loving” left that uses violence and threats of violence as a means of protest? Are these people so afraid of the possibility of someone disagreeing with the left ideology that the left has to storm stages, throw things, burn things, and generally cause civil disruptions to prevent others from being heard?

Guess what, lefties: that’s a failed protest strategy as it give the impression that all left wing ideology is repressive and unconstitutional in its very nature and that the left would resort to forced obedience to their ideology by any means. That’s called totalitarianism and most reasonable people avoid that kind of government as much as possible. You would think that the left would figure this out, but I guess they’re not as smart as they like to believe.

RedinBlueCounty on April 4, 2007 at 2:20 PM

Merovign on April 4, 2007 at 1:10 PM

I could not agree more. Just look at Dianne Feinstein and compare it to Duke Cunningham.

He was the recipient of about 2 million dollars in kick backs for Government contracts and was prosecuted.

He is currently in prison.

Diane Feinstein has been the recipient of 3 Billion with a “B” of kick backs and contracts with the the Government and the MSM could care less. She is currently still in the Senate scheming and extorting money from no bid Government contracts.

The MSM media has blamed the Veterans health care system on GWB but it is Dianne Feinstein and her husband that are responsible for those medical contracts that resulted in the Walter Reed scandal.

3 Billion and counting, yet no one has suggested she be investigated and prosecuted for her crimes.

She is a liberal after all and immune from the criminal justice system just like the Freezer Bandit, William J. Jefferson.

ScottyDog on April 4, 2007 at 2:30 PM

Update: Kosling 2nd hand account with flickr slideshow claims nobody threw anything;

It is absolutely ludicrous that a story like this can be placed next to a picture of my friend being taken down by a Secret Service agent and then accuse him of acting unlawfully. It is absolutely ludicrous.

There was a diary earlier today about why the protesters were wrong to do what they did, written under the assumption that they actually threw things at Rove. I wholeheartedly agree; it would have been completely wrong to have thrown anything at Rove, or anyone for that matter. That is why none of the protesters did.

Terp Mole on April 4, 2007 at 2:46 PM

“Do these young tykes realize that they’re behaving like fascist thugs? Do they even care?”

The brownshirt party wears their fascism with pride, don’tchaknow.

georgej on April 4, 2007 at 3:59 PM

Comment on the USA today article:

ikma87 wrote: 4h 33m ago
I was there, and while this story seems to get across the general details, there are a few problems. First off, saying ‘more than a dozen’ is a bit of an understatement. There were at least 75 – 100 students present protesting, and at least 20 directly participating in lying down in fron of his car. Secondly the ‘pelting’ that was referred to was one single student throwing a cell phone at Rove’s car as it pulled away.

Laura on April 4, 2007 at 4:03 PM

This is another demonstration of the lefty abandonment of reason in favor of thuggery. It’s a wonder they weren’t wearing brown shirts. They seek to overcome their political opponents with thuggish assaults on supporting players like Rove.

Don’t the police have tear gas? Hose those lefties down with pepper spray, I say. I’d pay to watch that. I’d pay more to pepper spray them myself.

Tantor on April 4, 2007 at 4:49 PM

Witness report; Diggers call students “heroic”

When I read that I was like, “The Aussies said what?”

- The Cat

P.S. Now if we were like the Kossaks there would be several posts compaining that something like Kent State didn’t happen again. Of Course with that it was the kids that weren’t protesting that were the ones that were shot; but that’s an etirerly different conspiracy theory on who was really doing the shooting.

MirCat on April 4, 2007 at 6:45 PM

I have been telling my friends for a long time that the nutroots are going to win the war for America because they now control public education. It is incidents like this that again make me realize that two of my favorite authors were ahead of their time. Ayn Rand, author of Atlas Shrugged (must read for everyone), and Robert Heinlein who advocated that only people who had served in the military in defense of their country should have the right to vote.

dawgyear on April 4, 2007 at 9:23 PM

maniac out to destroy over 200 years of American sacrifice and heroism.

By their indignation, you’d think that they made any sacrifices for this great nation.

Entelechy on April 5, 2007 at 12:55 AM

These little incidents from the Left are getting worse and worse.
Somewhere the Weather Underground members are smiling…
Let’s hope it doesn’t end in a Kent State-type situation or something even more horrible.

Jen the Neocon on April 5, 2007 at 5:03 AM