Video: Rep. Etheridge assaults student on street; Update: Video restored; Update: YouTube didn’t pull video

posted at 9:30 am on June 14, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Meet Congressman Bob Etheridge, Democrat from North Carolina’s Second CD. Rep. Etheridge doesn’t much like people asking him whether he supports Barack Obama’s agenda, as a student camera crew on the street discovered when asking this elected official about his political positions. Etheridge interrupts his journey to a fundraiser thrown by Nancy Pelosi to assault the young reporter, first by grabbing the hand that holds the microphone and then by horse-collaring him, all the while demanding, “Who are you? I have a right to know who you are.” Big Government reports (via Power Line):

Expect more of this. A hard, progressive left captured the Democrat majority in Congress and forced them to enact a fantasy grab-bag of legislation that is increasingly unpopular with the American public. We’re on the cusp of a deeper recession, millions of unemployed Americans have no prospect for work, taxes are about to spike higher and we’ve maxed out the national credit card. The Democrats were given a chance to run government and they’ve only succeeded in running it into the ground. …

Fortunately, Rep. Etheridge isn’t one of those gerry-mandered political welfare queens. According to the Cook Report, his district is an R+2 district.  He has a credible opponent. Check her out here.

Let’s recap what we saw on this video. A sitting Congressman–a presumed living extension of James Madison and other founding fathers–was asked on a public street whether he supported the President’s agenda. His response was to hit away a video camera and assault a student. The age of Pericles this ain’t.

His opponent is Renee Ellmers, who works in the health-care industry and is a staunch opponent of ObamaCare, opposes the bailouts and Obamanomics, is pro-life, wants to try terrorists in military courts, and demands immigration enforcement.  It doesn’t appear that Ellmers is a big fan of assaulting students on the street, either.  Perhaps this R+2 district might be ready to exchange their current Congressman for someone who understands the proper relationship between elected officials and their constituents — and the laws regarding assault and battery.

Update: YouTube pulled the video, apparently, but The Right Scoop has it up at Eyeblast, which I’ve embedded here.

Update II: I’ve uploaded it to my Dailymotion account to get a cleaner look:

Update III: I received a note from Breitbart TV noting that YouTube didn’t pull the video; Breitbart pulled it because it spotted an error in one of the titles.  The new video, once again at YouTube, can be seen here:


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He’s a democrat so he was saving the country from some tea bagger racist or something.

Nothing to see here, move along

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B Man on June 14, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Christmas came early for Renee Elmers.

DaveC on June 14, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Ellmers, excuse me.

DaveC on June 14, 2010 at 9:34 AM

I call his action the result of LDS otherwise known as “liberal derangement syndrome.”

camtheman7 on June 14, 2010 at 9:34 AM

I’ve seen Congressmen dodge and weave a question but this is ridiculous.

DaveC on June 14, 2010 at 9:34 AM

The congressman had obviously been up too late on the sauce. Probably a pretty common situation th D.C.

volsense on June 14, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Clear video evidence of assault. Have him arrested and go before a judge to explain why he did this. This should have been viral over the weekend, but, alas he is a Dem.

Johnnyreb on June 14, 2010 at 9:34 AM

This man needs to be arrested for assault.

katy the mean old lady on June 14, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Unfortunately, I expect much more of this behavior to come…disgusting!

rhbandsp on June 14, 2010 at 9:35 AM

One does not confront nobility in this manner.

Cicero43 on June 14, 2010 at 9:35 AM

The students need to press changes against this scumbag.

Insomniac on June 14, 2010 at 9:35 AM

charges

PIMF

Insomniac on June 14, 2010 at 9:35 AM

“Battery!”

Akzed on June 14, 2010 at 9:36 AM

The violence inherent in the system?

Nope, it’s the violence inherent in the Left. They do want to control us, and control implicitly has as its underfooting, violence. Do what we say or we will use violence against you. Which is fine with murderers, rapists and bank robbers (to name a few) but not with people asking questions to those whom have been given political power.

rbj on June 14, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Tickel fight?

RobCon on June 14, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Time . . . to . . . go.

MassVictim on June 14, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Sounds strangely familiar…..

ARTHUR: Be quiet!

DENNIS: Well you can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just ’cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!

ARTHUR: Shut up!

DENNIS: I mean, if I went around sayin’ I was an empereror just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me they’d put me away!

ARTHUR: Shut up! Will you shut up!

DENNIS: Ah, now we see the violence inherent in the system.

ARTHUR: Shut up!

DENNIS: Oh! Come and see the violence inherent in the system! HELP! HELP! I’m being repressed!

ARTHUR: Bloody peasant!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on June 14, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Ellmers, excuse me.

DaveC on June 14, 2010 at 9:34 AM

What a scwewy mistake. Heheheheheheheheheheh.

Daggett on June 14, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Call it what you like, but I see a handshake and a hug.
/spin off

Tom_OC on June 14, 2010 at 9:37 AM

This violent congressman needs feedback by fax and phone. Very kind message. This student even wore a sportcoat and necktie. Don’t touch me!!!
If the reporter got hurt, he would have to wait weeks for Obamacare to decide to admit him in the hospital?

seven on June 14, 2010 at 9:38 AM

There’s something wrong with that man.

S. Weasel on June 14, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Grab my wrist like that and don’t let go, and you’ll get a swift knee to the balls ……. I don’t care if you’re a congresscritter or not.

This jerk off needs to be charged with a crime of assault ….. throw in a charge of false imprisonment too, for failing to let him go.

Anybody get the feeling that I hate these azzclowns with a passion ??

Jerome Horwitz on June 14, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Looks like a 3 5 Martini lunch.

RarestRX on June 14, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Campaign commercial:

“Who are you?”

“A constituent.”

Congressman begins to assault constituent,

Guardian on June 14, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Remember Der Leader uses violent language. Boot on the neck, kick ass, fight back harder.

seven on June 14, 2010 at 9:39 AM

This guy is a thug. In a just world, he would soon be a convicted criminal.

I don’t think this rectum would have dared to manhandle anyone close to his own size.

novaculus on June 14, 2010 at 9:40 AM

I can’t wait for Election Day, also known as the great toilet flush.

RobCon on June 14, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Video has been removed…bummer.

cozmo on June 14, 2010 at 9:40 AM

POS: “Who are you! Tell me. Who are you? I have a right to know.”

Student: “I’m the Lucky kid who just punk’d you Congessman. Thanks!”

Gang-of-One on June 14, 2010 at 9:40 AM

I’d still rather have Ethridge as my rep… I’m stuck with Brad Miller (NC-13). Ethridge has a lifetime ACU rating of 22.4 while Miller is at a dismal 4.7 (although both have a rating of zero for 2008).

mankai on June 14, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Sounds like a beer conference would be in order.

JimK on June 14, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Tickel fight?

RobCon on June 14, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Paging Eric Massa!

Insomniac on June 14, 2010 at 9:41 AM

What a man of the people, I got a bit misty. Thug.

Cindy Munford on June 14, 2010 at 9:41 AM

The lovely Ms.Keemo and I just watched this video several times and came away with the same thoughts…

These Politicians do not believe they work for us, the people. They believe they are above us and do not have to answer to us, we are lowly citizens-peasants and should behave as such.

This Liberal POS will soon find out he is one of us.

Keemo on June 14, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Here’s another disturbing part: Nine minutes before I viewed the video, halfway down the comment page, someone commented that there was no way the video just had 301 views. It was 301 when I watched it. Hmmmmmmmm……

pookysgirl on June 14, 2010 at 9:41 AM

It’s still reading only 328 views… It’s gotta be in the many thousands by now.

mankai on June 14, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Notice 40 years later, it is the Left which is on the side of the old, white politicians and the Right is the college student.

What a difference 40 years makes.

The only thing that hasn’t changed is the Left’s propensity for violence.

keep the change on June 14, 2010 at 9:42 AM

The dems here in NC feel the heat, they know what is going down…in fact across the country I would bet the same.
“Do you support Obama?” and an affirmative answer; the dems know that is the question that is going to get them booted out of a job.
Desperation from a dying party…
*
Support Ilario Pantano

right2bright on June 14, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Amusingly, Instapundit has a typo calling him “Bod” instead of Bob.

Chickyraptor on June 14, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Mediaite is calling Con. Etheridge the hero in this exchange.

Unbelievable!

http://www.mediaite.com/online/congressman-loses-cool-to-students-with-a-flip-cam-but-somehow-comes-out-the-hero/

Jason Coleman on June 14, 2010 at 9:42 AM

I’ll vote for Ellmers even if he pronounces rabbit as wabbitt…

PatriotRider on June 14, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Hate-fueled violence from the left – it’s the rule, not the exception.

jaime on June 14, 2010 at 9:43 AM

I expect that Eric Holder will bring charges against the student for asking such an impertinent question.

BitterClinger on June 14, 2010 at 9:44 AM

The kid handled himself like a pro. I would have punched the congressman in the mouth as soon as he grabbed my arm. I would have the video to prove that I was prevoked and defending myself.

File charges kid. FILE CHARGES!

AnthonyK on June 14, 2010 at 9:44 AM

When OReilly, Hannity, Megyn cover this – please interview Renee Ellmers, too. Let’s make her famous.

Marcus on June 14, 2010 at 9:44 AM

This video is up on Drudge…. They can pull it, but they won’t be capable of hiding it for long.

Keemo on June 14, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Here’s another disturbing part: Nine minutes before I viewed the video, halfway down the comment page, someone commented that there was no way the video just had 301 views. It was 301 when I watched it. Hmmmmmmmm……

pookysgirl on June 14, 2010 at 9:41 AM

I saw that too, no way as so many sites, including Drudge have linked to it. And, yet another one bites the dust on YouTube. Why are these videos being removed????

Firefly_76 on June 14, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Sharing this one. Would make for a great campaign commercial for his opponent…

ynot4tony2 on June 14, 2010 at 9:44 AM

I wish the kid had said ow

Republican Yogi on June 14, 2010 at 9:44 AM

SouthernGent, do we have a chance to win this seat?

TimTebowSavesAmerica on June 14, 2010 at 9:45 AM

An apt line from a terrific essay in The New Criterion:

We must face up to the grim fact that the rulers we elect are losing patience with us.

Drained Brain on June 14, 2010 at 9:45 AM

The MSM smear of the kid will start in 5-4-3-2-1…..

Keemo on June 14, 2010 at 9:45 AM

camtheman7 on June 14, 2010 at 9:34 AM

DLS

maverick muse on June 14, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Please tell me that charges will be pressed against him. That is a disgrace.

keepinitreal on June 14, 2010 at 9:45 AM

“Who are you? Tell me. Who are you? I have a right to know.”

I’m looking for whose @ss to kick.

Tom_OC on June 14, 2010 at 9:46 AM

The boy, we all, must learn to bow and kiss the ring before speaking…and for God’s sake, no eye contact…what was this ruffian thinking, asking that most misleading question…”Do you support Obama?”…the thug should have been beheaded right there on the street for not showing proper respect to this powerful leader.

right2bright on June 14, 2010 at 9:46 AM

The incident was both civil and criminal assault and battery.

Nice.

The congress-critter is also much the worse for drink, I’d say.

Censure, anybody? Lawsuit?

Ragspierre on June 14, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Video has been removed…bummer.

cozmo on June 14, 2010 at 9:40 AM

The video is still available here.

Pablo on June 14, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Contact Etheridge’s community news networks with the outrage.

maverick muse on June 14, 2010 at 9:46 AM

I saw that too, no way as so many sites, including Drudge have linked to it. And, yet another one bites the dust on YouTube. Why are these videos being removed????

Firefly_76 on June 14, 2010 at 9:44 AM

It’s called dictatorship.

Keemo on June 14, 2010 at 9:46 AM

This video has been removed by the user.
.
That’s the message I’m getting when I click on Ed’s embed?
.

martywd on June 14, 2010 at 9:46 AM

“Who are you” sounds alot like “Show me your papers”.

ctmom on June 14, 2010 at 9:47 AM

He seemed absolutely paranoid, yet, completely unfazed by the ramifications of his actions. Very strange. For someone who should be rightly afraid of his opposition and the security of his position, he sure has a strange way of showing it. Something else is going on here.

Bee on June 14, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Chickyraptor on June 14, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Maybe that is the name he uses in the ring.

Cindy Munford on June 14, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Actually, this juxtaposed with a Obama voice over of “get in their faces” and “the police over reacted” (or whatever it was) could really work nicely..

Republican Yogi on June 14, 2010 at 9:47 AM

“Who are you” sounds alot like “Show me your papers”.

ctmom on June 14, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Or…

“Is it safe?”

hawkdriver on June 14, 2010 at 9:48 AM

I have the video saved on my hard drive, and will email-blast it to the over two thousand people on my roster…

They can pull it, but they can’t stop the information highway; not yet anyway.

Keemo on June 14, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Via Mediaite

Now, Etheridge’s actions are only partially defensible. He need not have gotten physical with the students who asked him the provocative question regarding his support of the “Obama Agenda” (honestly, that sort of opening question is straight from the Jason Mattera school of inflammatory interview techniques.)

If you can’t handle such a simple question without becoming violent… get out of DC.

Provocative? The simple response would have been “Could you be more specific? There are many issues we are dealing with at the moment.”

mankai on June 14, 2010 at 9:48 AM

“Who are you” sounds alot like “Show me your papers”.

ctmom on June 14, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Excellent analogy…it certainly does…brilliant…

right2bright on June 14, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Pelosi to offer stern words to colleague….right after anyone besides Fox News reports this.

Patrick S on June 14, 2010 at 9:49 AM

I saved it:
http://tinypic.com/r/16a7k43/6

Ugly on June 14, 2010 at 9:49 AM

They can pull it, but they can’t stop the information highway; not yet anyway.

What was that term they used in Serenity…???

Ragspierre on June 14, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Just donated $10 to Ellmers. It’s not much, but it’s what I can spare at the moment. Everybody go donate whatever they can manage and let’s check back in with Renee’s campaign tomorrow and see how their fundraising spike was, shall we?

They can pull it, but they can’t stop the information highway; not yet anyway.

What was that term they used in Serenity…???

Ragspierre on June 14, 2010 at 9:49 AM

You can’t stop the signal!

Animator Girl on June 14, 2010 at 9:51 AM

The video is removed by the user.

TugboatPhil on June 14, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Anybody get the feeling that I hate these azzclowns with a passion ??

Jerome Horwitz on June 14, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Naah, at least I didn’t pike up any vibe like that. It all sounded rather even-tempered to me.

Gang-of-One on June 14, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Yeah. this was all over the news this weekend.NOT…They were too busy talking about Fiorinas hair comment. If not for the “New” media this would never have seen the light of day.

sandee on June 14, 2010 at 9:52 AM

R+2 District. He represents Raleigh, but most of his district is rural. Of course leftists on twitter are saying it wasn’t fair that the student “ambushed” him. Here’s hoping it goes back to R in November.

hmfearny on June 14, 2010 at 9:52 AM

“Who are you” sounds alot like “Show me your papers”.

ctmom on June 14, 2010 at 9:47 AM

I’m sure I heard: “Who do you think you are? Damned peasant…”

You can’t stop the signal!

Animator Girl on June 14, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Shiny!

Firefly_76 on June 14, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Here’s some advice…if you don’t have the realplayer browser plug-in, get it. It will allow you to download any youtube video you see. Download such videos before they get pulled.

ynot4tony2 on June 14, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Good for the young man showing some restraint, but I wouldn’t have taken a horse collar from some puke congressman.

Bishop on June 14, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Brietbart ahas it up too if Eyeblast pulled it.

http://www.breitbart.tv/congressman-assaults-student-on-washington-sidewalk/

jeffn21 on June 14, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Between this, the townhalls and Scooter’s kayfabe speech tomorrow night, the Republicans should be able to produce some great campaign spots.

kingsjester on June 14, 2010 at 9:54 AM

First, YouTube pulls We Con the World and now this, it’s like YouTube has a very narrow view of the world in which any opposing views are not tolerated. As Dennis Prager stated, the world is truly upside down.

Lance Murdock on June 14, 2010 at 9:54 AM

The kid should have introduced him self first thing, but it’s not an excuse to go off like a hockey goon. I’d call it a double minor for “holding” and then “roughing” for facewashing the camera along with the head grab. I thought he was about to pull the kid’s sport coat over his head and start wailing away.

forest on June 14, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Another YouTube version is up.

JammieWearingFool on June 14, 2010 at 9:55 AM

hope n change baby!!

angryed on June 14, 2010 at 9:55 AM

The MSM smear of the kid will start in 5-4-3-2-1…..

Keemo on June 14, 2010 at 9:45 AM

I am willing to bet my next paycheck that he is already being looked at by a whole bunch of people. Ellmer has got to have people checking this kid out already at the very least.

Johnnyreb on June 14, 2010 at 9:55 AM

“Do you support Obama’s agenda?” sounds a lot like “Do you agree with the Bush doctorine?”, doesn’t it, Charles Gibson?

jaime on June 14, 2010 at 9:56 AM

I hope Ellmers posts this video on her web site.

MassVictim on June 14, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Johnnyreb on June 14, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Duh I meant Etheridge, not his opponent.

Johnnyreb on June 14, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Good for the young man showing some restraint, but I wouldn’t have taken a horse collar from some puke congressman.

Bishop on June 14, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Yeah, the grab to the back of the neck was when this could easily have turned into a full blown fist fight. He crossed the line with that if he hadn’t already.

forest on June 14, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Update: YouTube pulled the video

If I had a nickel for everytime I’ve seen those exact words…

reaganaut on June 14, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Another youtube link

Ugly on June 14, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Keep those cameras rolling.

visions on June 14, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Lance Murdock on June 14, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Saw the YouTube guys on an Oprah spot (channel surfing I swear) Seemed pretty edgy/lib-like to me.

hawkdriver on June 14, 2010 at 9:57 AM

As a man that grew up in the Old World the touch rule would have been in effect .

If, during a verbal confrontation, physical contact is made I have the right to defend myself.

This video would have ended with a bloody congressman on the sidewalk looking for most of his teeth .

DeweyWins on June 14, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Thank you YouTube for protecting us all from the truth.

Cicero43 on June 14, 2010 at 9:59 AM

The kid should have introduced him self first thing,

forest on June 14, 2010 at 9:55 AM

They did, he stated he was a student, that’s all the information needed.
He was being assaulted, you don’t give someone assaulting you your name, address, telephone number…
A “no comment”, “Call for an appointment”, “I don’t give interviews on the street”, “Have your school call me”, any number of answers…but grabbing an arm and trying to twist an answer out of a kid, unacceptable…

right2bright on June 14, 2010 at 10:00 AM

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