From Crooks and Liars:
Wisconsin state Senator Glenn Grothman apparently doesn’t think much of the protesters spending the night in the capitol building and used the excuse that they’re just a bunch of “slobs” trashing the building as the reason why Governor Scott Walker decided to lock them out.
I guess after this greeting he got from the protesters today while trying to enter the capitol building that they were locked out of, he’s even less happy with those “slobs”. I refuse to link to him, but this video is posted at The Gateway Pundit’s site, or as Media Matters calls him, the Dumbest Man on the Internet, under the breathless headline Breaking: Wisconsin GOP Senator Glenn Grothman Mobbed at Wisconsin Capitol. I guess if by “mobbed” you mean followed and having a bunch of people yell “Shame!” at you and then after being talked to by one of the Democratic congressmen and some others, people leaving with chants of “Peaceful protests!”.
Tensions are running high right now in Wisconsin, but I didn’t see anyone looking like they were going to threaten the Senator.
It’s funny how the right seemed to love this stuff when it was bused in teabaggers screaming at Democratic members of Congress during the health care debate, one of them apparently armed that wingnut and now sadly CNN contributor Dana Loesch defended here, or when there were gun nuts showing up outside an Obama rally in Phoenix with assault rifles, but when one of their own elected officials who catered to them has a group of actual grass roots protesters yelling at him, he’s being “mobbed” by some dangerous crowd of “union thugs.” Quite the double standard out of these so-called “lovers of democracy” I’d say.
[Transcript, The Last Word, MSNBC:]
GROTHMAN: Well, we’re trying to keep some people out of the building because right now the building is becoming a pig sty. People are staying overnight, the building smells. We used to have nice little groups of fourth grade children walking through the building. There was something called the Senate Scholar programs that would track us around. All of that is being shut down by a bunch of slobs taking up the building. We can no longer continue to have all of these slobs in the building.
[LAWRENCE] O’DONNELL: Well Senator some of these slobs in the building are elementary school students who may be learning something more interesting or valuable or real about government that’s going on there, don’t you think?
GROTHMAN: No. It would be embarrassing to me to take my child to that building today.
O’DONNELL: Cory Mason, you get the last word with us.
[DEMOCRATIC REP. CORY] MASON: I’ve had my kids here the last couple weeks. I am proud to see them witness this great moment in democracy. And these slobs that you’re referring to are police officers and nurses and firefighters and people who care for the state.
GROTHMAN: No they’re not.
MASON: And you ought to be ashamed of yourself. Yes they are! Come in and look. Come on in and talk to them.
O’DONNELL: Senator Grothman, before we go I just want to get one clarification from you about the crowds. Are you saying that all of the protesters there are slobs?
GROTHMAN: No of course not. But the people who are staying overnight are largely making a mess of our capitol and that’s what we were addressing. Why are we keeping people out of the building? Because we do not want to have so many people there overnight defacing our beautiful capitol.
MASON: Nobody’s defacing anything. They’re participating in a democracy.
(Videos at Crooks and Liars link)