Union boss kicks empty 'Eastwood' chair off stage in fit of anger at DNC event
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On Monday, AFSCME President Lee Saunders expressed his anger at Clint Eastwood by kicking an empty chair off the stage after a fiery speech to the Wisconsin delegation at the DNC convention, Politico reported.
“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,” he 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 said as attendees laughed. “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 added. “We’ve got to make our voices heard. We’ve got to speak loud and clear. If we do that, we will win in November.”
“Dirty Harry, Dirty Harry, make my day," he yelled as he kicked the chair off the stage to laughter and applause.
"As the applause died down, Mike Tate, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin chair, took the stage. Pausing for a moment as he took the podium, he grinned and said, 'And it’s just Monday, we’ll be here all week,'” Politico added.
Conservatives, showing support for Eastwood, turned Labor Day into "National Empty Chair Day," posting pictures of empty chairs in various poses.
“It’s fun. It’s funny,” conservative columnist Michelle Malkin told Politico. “Clint Eastwood resonated with voters outside the snotty, derisive NY-DC-Hollywood axis. He braved derision and ridicule for standing on the convention stage. Activists on the right wanted to demonstrate … their appreciation. As always, humor is the best medicine.”
The humor of Eastwood's routine, however, was lost on the left as some called it racist. Agree or disagree, at least Eastwood didn't physically assault the empty chair that represented Obama.