After the mob assault on the volunteers and property of Americans For Prosperity in Michigan, AFP took no time in responding via social media and the organization’s website.
“The passage of Right-to-Work is a win/win for Michigan,” said Michigan State Director Scott Hagerstrom in a statement. “Despite this victory, it took place amid union brutality and violence. I am saddened by the union protestors’ complete disregard for safety and freedom of speech, tearing down an AFP tent and stomping on peaceful AFP demonstrators trapped under the tent.”
Volunteers and staffers for Americans For Prosperity across the nation have come out in social media force to expose the violence in Michigan, but also to showcase the hypocrisy of the unions who claim to support free speech and peaceful protest.
John Cooney, State Director of Minnesota which also saw demonstrations related to proposed right-to-work legislation, had this to say.
“Disappointingly, unions have continued their pattern of violence and rejection to civil discourse today in Michigan just as they did earlier this year in Minnesota with multiple disruptions at the state capitol during a senate hearing on employee freedom. The threats and acts of physical violence, not simply intimidation, are shockingly a common tool used by union thugs to protect the confiscated wages of hard working Americans and were caught on camera today.”
Cooney joined Americans For Prosperity last summer and has been a conservative activist in various capacities for more than 13 years.
“Americans For Prosperity remains committed to free market reforms and principles of freedom and liberty,” concluded Cooney’s statement.
The video of the AFP tent being torn down and the union mob screaming profanity-laced chants has been shared by many of the individual state chapters across the U.S.