"Meet New York’s newest hero," reports the NY Post this morning in a hagiographic cover story about an ex-Marine who forcibly ejected a protester from Rep. Bob Turner's swearing-in ceremony yesterday. It's easy being a hero! All you have to do is fit in with the tabloid's anti-Occupy Wall Street narrative for five minutes. Today's "hero" is former cop/Marine Kevin Hiltunen, who dragged out a demonstrator who interrupted Turner's ceremony. (The Post has a full photo spread documenting his courageous heroism.)
Hiltunen, a volunteer for Turner's campaign, tells the Post, "He was close by to where I was standing, and he started yelling something about Bob Turner. So I grabbed him by his sweat shirt and escorted him out. I just had to do what was right. I was just here to witness this historic occasion. All I was doing was trying to stop this historic occasion from being disrupted. There is a time and place to exercise your First Amendment right." Yeah, go dumpster dive for clove cigarettes in your designated Free Speech Cage over in Bushwick, hippie!
After the ceremony, Turner praised Hiltunen's swift handling of the disruption, telling the tabloid, "Protesters are on the wrong track. Socialism has been tried again and again, and it doesn’t work. He picked the wrong guy to pee off." The protester, Adam Weissman, 33, identified himself as an Occupy Wall Street organizer and told reporters he sprained his right ankle and sustained bruises on his left shoulder.
Capital New York reports that police forced Weissman off the property at Queens Metropolitan High School in Forest Hills, but he lingered on the perimeter to hand out flyers and march with a sign reading: "Turner’s Colombia trade vote equals more assassinations of union organizers. Three thousand already killed." Speaking to NY 1 outside the event, Weissman said, "Bob Turner has sold out Queens and Brooklyn voters by voting for the Korea, Colombia and Panama free trade agreements, which will outsource 219,000 U.S. jobs to sweatshops." Typical commie hippie fighting to save the American working class! Go get a job why don't you... they're hiring in Panama!