Based on a choppy amateur video found on the “StageRightShow’s” YouTube page, it appears Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-NC) does not like it when anyone questions his “support” for “President Obama’s agenda.” As the video notes, Rep. Etheridge “goes berserk.” (Just in case the ‘defenders of democracy’ at YouTube remove this video, here’s an alternate link for viewing: http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/checker.aspx?v=XdaGaGqGZu)
While the video is edited to show the “red meat” on the curbside encounter between the interviewer and cameraman, both claiming to be “students,” it is still shocking to witness a Member of Congress physically assault a citizen of the United States when asked a seemingly innocent question like, “Do you fully support the Obama agenda?”
The rest of the [available] discussion follows:
Rep. Etheridge: “Who are you? Who are you?
Rep. Etheridge strikes cameraman
Etheridge: “Who are you? Who are you?”
Rep. Etheridge swats interviewer and grabs his hand.
Interviewer: “I’m here for a project, sir.”
Rep. Etheridge: “Tell me who you are. ”
Cameraman: “We’re just here for a project, sir.”
Rep. Etheridge: “Tell me who you are.”
Interviewer: “We’re just here for a project. Sir, please let go of my hand.”
Rep. Etheridge still clutching interviewer’s hand.
Rep. Etheridge: “I don’t care about [that]. Tell me who you are.”
Interviewer struggles to break free from Rep. Etheridge’s grip on his hand.
Interviewer: “I’m just a student, sir.”
Rep. Etheridge: “From?”
Cameraman: “We’re just students. That’s all we are.”
Rep Etheridge still maintaining his hold on interviewer’s hand.
Rep. Etheridge: “I have a right to know who you are.”
Cameraman: “All we are is students.”
Interviewer: “Sir, we’re in a public place.”
Rep. Etheridge still holding on.
Rep. Etheridge: “So am I. Who are you? Who are you?”
Rep. Etheridge apparently wants to dance with the interviewer.
Interviewer: “Please let go of my arm, sir.”
Rep. Etheridge forcefully grabs interviewer by the neck brings interviewer into himself, almost as if he wanted to pose for a photo opportunity with a supporter on the campaign trail.
Cameraman: “Sir! Sir! Sir, please!”
Rep. Etheridge: “Who are you?” (repeatedly)
Interviewer: “Congressman, please let go of me.”
Rep. Etheridge releases the interviewer and continues his quest to find out the identity of the interviewer.
Rep. Etheridge: “Who are you?”
Both parties separate from each other and start walking in opposite directions.
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