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ABC: Nikki Haley Fundraises Off Pinata Video

From an outraged (at her fundraising) ABC News:

Nikki Haley Tries To Capitalize Off Video of Union Leader Smashing Pinata

By Arlette Saenz
May 23, 2012

Republicans are trying to capitalize off a recent video featuring a South Carolina AFL-CIO leader bashing a piñata bearing the face of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

To be fair, ABC News actually did an earlier report on the head of the South Carolina AFL-CIO chapter bashing this Nikki Halley piñata. But it was remarkably free of outrage. In fact, the bulk of their first article was comprised of Ms. Dewitt’s unapologetic comments and then the AFL-CIO’s disclaimer.

Which is typical of the way the media handles these nearly everyday attacks on Republicans, if they bother to report them at all. They never seem to as outraged over the attacks as they are about the way the always venal Republicans try to exploit them for political gain.

Haley sent out a donation request via Twitter, calling on people to stand with her against what she calls "bullying" from union leaders.

"Stand with me and help fight back now against the bullying of Liberal unions. Donate here," Haley tweeted along with a link to a fundraising page featuring the video.

And the Republican Governors Association released a one minute video called "Does President Obama Condone This?" linking Obama to the incident. The video features a clip of President Obama from March when he condemned the controversial comments Rush Limbaugh made about a Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown law student and contraception activist, inter-spliced with footage of the piñata smashing incident.

By the way, do you remember all the articles about how the Democrats exploited the Sandra Fluke ‘scandal’ for fundraising? We don’t either.

"I thought about Malia and Sasha and one of the things I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about…and I don’t want them attacked," the clip shows President Obama saying, followed by video of Donna Dewitt, the outgoing S.C. AFL-CIO president, wailing away at the piñata as someone shouts, "Wait till her face comes around and whack her."

"Or called horrible names because they’re being good citizens," the clip of Obama continues. "Being a part of a democracy involves argument and disagreements and debate and we want you to be engaged and there’s a way to do it that doesn’t involve you being demeaned and insulted."

Which is pretty rich coming from a man who has compared Republicans to hostage takers, and called Tea Party supporters "Tea Baggers."

The video ends with the phrase "Does President Obama condone this kind of behavior from union bosses?" emblazoned across the screen as Dewitt continues to pound the Haley piñata.

Which, we suppose, is a rhetorical question.

Dewitt told ABC News Tuesday that there was "no ill intent" behind the incident.

Which apparently is good enough for ABC. And, after all, bashing an image of someone with a baseball bat doesn’t compare to the way Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh whipped up Jared Loughner to shoot all those people in Tucson.

"We’ve been the brunt of her comments now for two years and that’s what the whole thing was. She’s been whacking at us over the last two years," Dewitt, who has been president of the South Carolina AFL-CIO for the past 16 years and will retire at the end of June, continued. "Anyone that knows me knows there was no ill intent at all. Our folks don’t go to speeches with guns and things like that. We have very loving people in our unions who will take up money for people or a vet. We just heard these comments by the governor for over the two years. They were using a memoir of the last two years I’ve lived under her leadership."

"Kids use piñatas all the time," she added.

The piñata bashing incident occurred on Saturday during a state AFL-CIO staff retreat in Columbia, S.C. The video was posted on Sunday but circulated widely on Tuesday.

An AFL-CIO official denounced the actions in the video yesterday.

"By now many of you have seen the video of the outgoing president of the South Carolina AFL-CIO. While it was meant as fun, there is absolutely no place for that kind of joke in a conversation that is extremely serious about how to rebuild our middle class and our country. There’s plenty to talk about in Gov. Haley’s awful record. We do not believe that’s an appropriate joke – working people deserve a better conversation," Alison Omens, director of media outreach at AFL-CIO, said in an e-mail.

The AFL-CIO only regret that she got caught. If they even regret that.

Meanwhile, they have probably slipped Ms. Dewitt a little extra something in her pay envelope.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 24th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “ABC: Nikki Haley Fundraises Off Pinata Video”

  1. This sounds suspiciously like encouraging violence against Conservative woman.

  2. This sounds suspiciously like encouraging violence against a Conservative woman.

  3. wirenut says:

    War on women? Just for the GOP. Nothing to see here folks, just shuffle on by. Come August the “snuff” films from the left will be unleashed. Jeesh!

  4. canary says:

    Dewitt the president of the South Carolina AFL-CIO should be exiled to Afghanistan; a country that would make an exception and give her a sex change, because she is a barbaric beech.

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