Saying, “My goal was to embarrass them, and I think I did a little bit,” a South Carolina man trailed the Confederate flag march in Columbia on Saturday, playing a mocking tune from The Family Guy mixed in with Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries.”
In an interview with the Charleston City Paper, Matt Buck, a Columbia resident who studied tuba performance at the University of South Carolina, said he wanted to show his disapproval with the hodgepodge of neo-Nazis and KKK members who showed up to protest the Confederate flag removal at the state capital.
Grabbing his sousaphone, the man trailed the marchers who were being jeered by bystanders from the curb, with an assortment of tunes including the tune that the character Stewie plays on Family Guy in an episode where he gets paid to follow obese people around with a tuba. He then switched to Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries,” which he says he picked due to its use in the classic Nazi car chase scene from The Blues Brothers.
“I didn’t really know how to show my opposition, so that was my way of doing it,” Buck said.
In the video a woman can be heard saying of the marchers, “When the family tree has no branches…”
Watch the video below, uploaded to YouTube by Diana Martin:
“My God!’: CNN’s Anderson Cooper appalled by the real reason Trump went to St. John’s Church
On Monday evening, President Donald Trump appeared to cause mass disruption and chaos as federal police cleared peaceful protesters with forceful tactics outside the White House ahead of his walk to the nearby St. John’s Church.
And when CNN’s Kaitlan Collins told Anderson Cooper on air of the reported reason behind this move, the host was shocked and appalled.
“Sources are telling my colleague Kevin Liptak that, in part, the reason the president made this trip outside the gates of the White House — a really rare trip, where you do not often see the president walk out of the front door of the White House, walk across Lafayette Square, to St. John’s — was driven, in part, that he was upset by coverage of the fact that he had been rushed to the underground bunker on Friday night during the protests that you saw breaking out here, in front of the White House,” she said.
WATCH: Police use copters with red cross markings to disperse protesters in DC
On Monday, as protests in D.C. continued to swell even after the police and military scattered crowds at the White House with tear gas, people began reporting that police were using helicopters to forcibly disperse the demonstrators.
Multiple people captured footage of the helicopters, which used downwash to try to force the crowds apart.
‘The gas was necessary’: Police defending tear-gassing protesters — but the mayor wants to apologize in person
Police in Richmond, Virginia deployed tear gas against people protesting police violence on Monday.
Videos from the scene show clouds of gas as protesters run from the scene.
"To our peaceful protestors: We are sorry we had to deploy gas near the Lee Monument," Richmond Police posted on Twitter. "Some RPD officers in that area were cut off by violent protestors. The gas was necessary to get them to safety."
But protesters who were on the scene disputed the account.