NC: Greensboro reporter attacked by McCain/Palin supporter at rally
The rage-a-thon at the Palin rallies continues, this time during her trip to Elon College here in North Carolina, where Greensboro News & Record reporter Joe Killian (who was at ConvergeSouth on Friday recounting the event, though I didn’t get a chance to meet up with him while there) was kicked to the ground, assaulted by one of the McCain Mob.
Killian was out in the crowd, trying to interview some of the Obama supporters attending the rally when…
As he [the Obama supporter] was telling me a large, bearded man in full McCain-Palin campaign regalia got in his face to yell at him.
“Hey, hey,” I said. “I’m trying to interview him. Just a minute, okay?”
The man began to say something about how of course I was interviewing the Obama people when suddenly, from behind us, the sound of a pro-Obama rap song came blaring out of the windows of a dorm building. We all turned our heads to see Obama signs in the windows.
This was met with curses, screams and chants of “U.S.A” by McCain-Palin folks who crowded under the windows trying to drown it out and yell at the person playing the stereo.
It was a moment of levity in an otherwise very tense situation and so I let out a gentle chuckle and shook my head.
“Oh, you think that’s funny?!” the large bearded man said. His face was turning red. “Yeah, that’s real funny…” he said.
And then he kicked the back of my leg, buckling my right knee and sending me sprawling onto the ground.
From my position there I saw the bottoms of a number of feet almost accidentally stomping me to death as the two political camps screamed back and forth, the music continued to blare and some of the Obama crowd moved the large bearded man and his friends away. When I was helped to my feet the bearded man was walking away quickly.
For a moment I considered running the bloated, twelve-sandwich eating prick down and beating the living hell out of him…and then I remembered that I’m a reporter, how much I enjoy being gainfully employed and how hard it would be to keep my job if I got into a fistfight with a guy at a political rally.
Killian then looked for security or some member of law enforcement, but when he returned, the Palin bootlicker was gone.
More below the fold. You won’t believe the reason for this violent assault. Ed Cone:
In the comments at N&R political honcho Mark Binker’s blog, Guilford County GOP media chair Tony Wilkins says he spoke to the bearded man, and that the perp was angry over Killian’s recent post about a Palin-themed porn movie. This would be a good time for Tony Wilkins to say he was joking about premeditated battery on a local journalist, or to contact the police if he was serious.
The upcoming porno flick is titled “Nailin’ Pailin.” Killian’s entire post on the matter, aside from the excerpt of the description of the film, consisted of this:
It was only a matter of time. From the Frisky.com story
That is the alleged reason for the Palin rally beat-down.
These people are sick, out of control, violent as hell, and you best believe we are going to have problems on election day if more of these knuckledraggers stoked by McCain/Palin come out of the woodwork.
If you want to read about ConvergeSouth (I have liveblogging and video), it’s over at my pad.