On Tuesday, Fox News contributor Steven Crowder was punched in the face
during a pro-union rally at the Michigan state capital in protest of right-to-work legislation. So, just who is Steven Crowder — and how and why did a media member get caught up in such a fray?
Crowder said he was on the scene in Lansing as a correspondent for Fox News, conducting interviews at the rally, trying to get information from protesters about what Michigan’s new right-to-work laws means for them. Crowder attempted to halt protesters tearing down a tent belonging to Americans for Prosperity, saying that the unruly demonstrators had just destroyed a different one.
When he approached one protester to ask that they leave the tent alone, he was repeatedly told to "get the [expletive] out of my face" before being punched by several other protesters.
Some critics are saying Crowder crossed the line between reporter and antagonist in the matter, even if he didn’t swing any punches.
Crowder told Fox News TV host Sean Hannity of his decision not to fight back.
“I literally believe, Sean, that if I had defended myself at all, even flicked a small little jab, that they would have killed me where I stood,” Crowder said. “I have never seen this kind of angry, vitriolic hatred… I expected these people to actually tear me limb from limb. I knew I couldn’t take that.”
Crowder turned heads by challenging the man who assaulted him to a fight. Crowder expained on Twitter, "I issued the ultimatum: jail, or fight me legally, one on one with proceeds going to the union if he wins. Your move, goo-tub."
Crowder often touts his status as “one of Fox News’ youngest contributors on record.”
At 25, he was born in Michigan but raised in Montreal. Crowder began his career in entertainment as the voice of The Brain, an overly smart aardvark, on the widely syndicated PBS children’s cartoon “Arthur.”
Crowder also made headway as a conservative standup comedian.
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