Fox News contributor Steven Crowder was attacked by pro-union protesters as they tore down an Americans for Prosperity tent while gathering at the Michigan state capitol to rally against right-to-work legislation.
Crowder was attempting to conduct interviews with protesters about the law when several started screaming at him before he was grabbed and punched several times, according to video of the incident posted by Mediate.
“What is it about ‘right-to-work’ that you oppose,” Crowder is seen asking protesters.
One replies, “It’s the freedom to freeload. They can suck all of the parasitical benefits and the hard wages that unions have negotiated, and they get it for free,” before cutting to Crowder yelling at protesters not to knock down the AFP tent because they’d already destroyed another nearby one.
When he approaches one protester to ask that they leave the tent alone, he is repeatedly told to “get the [expletive] out of my face” before being punched by several other protesters.
Mediaite earlier in the day posted another video of protesters reacting to the passage of the right-to-work law ripping down a tent, though there is no indication whether the videos feature the same or different tents.
Michigan state lawmakers on Tuesday passed legislation that will outlaw the automatic deduction of money from employee paychecks for unions regardless of whether that employee is actually a member.
Union members and supporters fear that the law will weaken the ability of their organizations to negotiate for fair wages and benefits.
"There will be blood, there will be repercussions," State Democratic Rep. Douglas Geiss, speaking on the House floor on Tuesday, said ahead of the vote.
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