AFSCME President accuses Republicans of abandoning “all pretense of compassion”, then assaults chair on stage [Darleen Click] UPDATED
Would someone please have Lee Saunders pee in a cup? You know, you just can’t make this sh*t up.
The Cleveland native and national AFSCME president took an empty chair on stage, so early on the audience was prepared for some Eastwooding, a riff on actor Clint Eastwood’s surprising performance at last week’s Republican National Convention.
“Are you ready to rumble?” Saunders roared by way of introduction.
After a speech filled with fiery anti-GOP rhetoric — he accused the Republicans of abandoning “all pretense of compassion” — he turned to the chair. Saunders had a brief conversation with an imaginary Eastwood. He closed by slamming GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan.
“So Dirty Harry, make my day,” Saunders continued, quoting the Eastwood character. “We’re gonna kick some ass in November.”
Then he kicked the chair. Loudly.
And one wonders how and why public employees were ever allowed to unionize.
oops, I see that newrouter was on the story before I got back from supervising the grandsons in the swimming pool.
Some further facepalm level 10 stupid from Saunders
“I don’t know if you noticed, but you see this chair? I don’t know if you noticed that he actually walked in with me. He’s invisible, he’s sitting right here. He’s been listening to everything I had to say,” Saunders said. “So I want you to welcome Clint Eastwood.”
“I’ve got a couple of questions. I’ve got a couple of questions I want to ask Clint Eastwood,” Saunders continued as dozens of attendees cracked up. “But first, buddy, what do you have to say for yourself? I didn’t hear you.”
“Clint’s been sitting here for the past hour. He doesn’t have anything to say for himself. Mitt Romney has nothing to say for himself. Paul Ryan has nothing to say for himself,” he said.
UPDATE And it looks like my first two-links went out of their way to downplay Saunders losing it
Suddenly, the tone changed: Saunders, finishing his speech, began to kick the chair, threw it, and yelled “Dirty Harry, make my day! We’re gonna kick ass in November!”
The crowd was cheering, and the humor had gained a palpable edge.
That’s some compassion.
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