A couple hundred people gathered at the Capitol Wednesday night for Gov. Scott Walker’s State of the State speech. But the last thing they wanted to do was to actually hear it.
They were there to drown it out, with shouting, with singing, with profanity, and even with a poorly played sousaphone. And, they said, with a recall that will get Walker off the podium for good.
“We want to be really loud so they can hear us on TV,” said Harriet Rowan, who was using her cellphone to tweet updates to followers.
Proving that these protestors are nothing but classless bums that should be locked up for disturbing the peace:
The best part of the speech for many in this crowd was when it was over and politicians filed out.
“There’s a live one!” someone shouted as Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc (also Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch’s husband), strode past on his way to the bathroom.
“Shame!” shouted Jeremy Ryan, the executive director of a protest group called Defending Wisconsin.
As Kleefisch passed the crowd again later, a young woman taunted him. “Your wife’s a f— whore!” she screamed.
What a lovely bunch of coconuts. By the way, speaking of the police that should be doing the arresting:
It took a half dozen requests to clear them out, but even the most profane and passionate protesters left the building by 8:30 p.m., when Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs strode into the press room to inform reporters that the building was “all clean.”
“Everybody cooperated and did what they were supposed to do,” he said.
Several of the musicians, however, were still banging away outside.
Meanwhile, during today’s debate on the mining bill,
As the body began arguing over the bill Thursday afternoon, demonstrators hurled obscenities at Republicans from the Assembly’s overhead galleries under the cover of group coughs and throat-clearing. Someone yelled out “Fascists!”
Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) then ordered the galleries cleared. Protesters moved from the galleries to outside the chamber, where they banged on the doors and chanted “Shame!”
Protesters in the gallery were yelling, being disruptive and shouting. Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha), threatened to clear the gallery, but Democrats like Representative Mark Pocan (D-Madison) spoke out about that action. “Y’all love the Second Amendment, but try the First (Amendment)…we have to start behaving a little differently here.”
Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and demonstrators continued to argue. “I’m not gonna let this institution have people, (interruptions), great people, great people, a lot of class.”
to be fair to the protestors, when they yelled “fascists!” they were merely being self-descriptive. When Pocan gets elected to congress he can take his merry band to Washington D.C. and they can see how an actual Capitol police force handles disruptions.
By the way, the Capital Times reports one person was arrested for drumming in the rotunda. I expect the arresting officer will be severely reprimanded for not saying, “pretty please stop?”