AFSCME Chief Screams at “Eastwood” Chair Then Kicks It Off Stage at DNC Function

AFSCME President Lee Saunders screamed at an empty chair he brought on stage with him. Then he kicked his “Eastwood” chair off stage in Charlotte at a speech in front of the Ohio delegation.


Lee Saunders (C) celebrates his victory on June 22, 2012, as the first African-American to be elected President of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees at the union’s 40th International Convention in Los Angeles, California. (photo courtesy AFSCME)

Cleveland.com reported:

It was a relatively quiet Labor Day breakfast here for Ohio’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention — scrambled eggs, oatmeal and boilerplate rallying cries from union leaders. Then came Lee Saunders.

Saunders shook awake those clearing the cobwebs after a late first night in town.

The Cleveland native and national AFSCME president took an empty chair on stage, so early on the audience was prepared for some Eastwooding, a riff on actor Clint Eastwood’s surprising performance at last week’s Republican National Convention.

“Are you ready to rumble?” Saunders roared by way of introduction.

After a speech filled with fiery anti-GOP rhetoric — he accused the Republicans of abandoning “all pretense of compassion” — he turned to the chair. Saunders had a brief conversation with an imaginary Eastwood. He closed by slamming GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan.

“So Dirty Harry, make my day,” Saunders continued, quoting the Eastwood character. “We’re gonna kick some ass in November.”

Then he kicked the chair. Loudly.

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  • anti-bho

    Probably the first time in his PillsburyDoughboy-like existence he ever won an altercation. Doesn’t he look just so proud?
    But don’t try that with Clint Eastwood baking powder brain…..

  • Ace

    haha
    Let the contrast continue!

  • Granny

    Are we sure he isn’t related to Elizabeth Warren?

  • bg
  • Katie

    As usual, a class act by the farther left.

  • Gail

    Little waa waa baby! Having a temper tantrum are you? Someone needs to throw some cold water in your face! Straighten you right out there Mister!

  • Ragspierre

    Oh, EXCELLENT messaging FAIL, there, thugster…!!!

    Kick the 82 year old American icon! Yah, that’ll send a message to Flordia!

    LOVE that!!! Eastwood just keeps on rolling this morons!

  • Jeannie

    ANd the ‘issues’? Issues, anyone?

    <>

  • Jeannie

    that is supposed to read

    ” crickets chirping” but I guess I know what using carats does now. 🙂

  • Practical Jane

    Surprise, surprise – a violent act.
    Be ready for the left to follow suit in large and small ways.
    Hope they won’t — but be ready.

  • Sasja

    He looks too white to be black. Probably the reason he was elected to the moronic goons club. They can call him an AA but he’s not so dark as to offend their union racists.

  • Cory Burroughs

    How unoriginal for the Dems. And the GOP has old ideas from the past century? The left wonders why Romney doesn’t trot out his plan to change the economy? It’s not that Romney doesn’t have one, Romney doesn’t want his idea stolen by Obama. Quit being copycats and think of your own clever skit!

  • creeper

    Very original, Mr. Saunders. You must be so proud of yourself.

  • sth88

    New Tone.

  • kato

    Perfect job for a subprimer, leading parasites with union cards.

  • Mad Hatter

    The Alinsky Unions, bringing you thug activities since 1917.

  • dnb

    A chair on stage; obviously the AFSCME and the DNC are again leading from behind.

  • MrGoodWench

    What ?
    The gooniun has not heard about the
    Empty Chair Day ?
    He seems to be so last week , while the narrative has moved on and taken over by conservatives .

  • Mad Hatter

    The Union Thugs and Democrats don’t in presenting an ID on Election Day, yet they want people to present an ID in order to enter the Democrat National Convention.

    http://twitchy.com/2012/09/02/suppression-dnc-charlotte-identification-required-even-just-near-convention-site/

    Thank God they’re not hypocrites.

  • Lindensant

    Maybe it was his own awkward way to participate on Empty Chair Day.

  • song of the south

    Hey,I’d be angry too if I looked like that.

  • US Navy Corpseman

    The DNC is bereft of original ideas – no budget in 3 yrs/ no fix for economy / no energy plan–all they have is raise taxes / steal from Medicare / and transfer stolen taxpayer wages to drooling union goons and OWS deadbeats.

    Then this – a union thug kicks a chair and the crowd of useful idiots goes wild.

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  • mg4us

    #17 dnb. . right on right on

    Thinking the same thing. .leading from BEHIND. .

    Behind as in a$$. . So fiiting the Jackass is the mascot!

    Funny How he follows the LEAD of a real Leader. . .
    And can’t even do it well, so reverts to violent antics. . .

    Loser! LOL LOL LOL LMAO!

  • MicahStone

    “…began to kick the chair, threw it…”
    …once a mindless, violent THUG, always a mindless, violent THUG.
    Hey, saunders, I’ve got a chair on my front yard you can kick like the manly man you are, but it has nothing to do with Clint.

  • BurmaShave

    Careful, Mr. Lee Saunders,
    You just kicked the empty suit sitting in the empty chair off the stage.
    You know, the guy whose thoughts spring forth from the shiny surface of a teleprompter.

    You just dissed our President.

  • Ghost

    We’re under their skin! BEAUTIFUL!

    Folks, would you rather be where we are, or where they are right now?

  • spotted reptile

    Well, that was a good way to engage those independents who are 16% in favour of Romney at the moment.

    These guys have got nothing.

  • Skinner

    he is an angry white man…

  • Winston Wolfe

    “Are you ready to rumble?”

    Bring it, thug.

  • Fickle Pundit

    What a pillock! (That’s an English word that means moron. Good one, isn’t it?).

  • stonedome

    we’re going to shove that fist up your anus, a$$hat

  • Robert

    Emotionalism vs. Reason, 2012

  • My ex husband used to break furniture and stuff, too. I don’t remember any Republicans doing this on stage. Something creepy about the Democrats, no doubt about it.

  • Sasja

    Gee, and I thought we were to believe that Eastwood was an epic fail? So why are the libs becoming unhinged over it?

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  • Ozymandius

    Hee, heh, hee!

    That’s it, feed the meme Lee. Feed the meme.
    People are going to wonder what he’s talking about, Google the speech and there will be Clint saying such lines as “… when somebody does not do the job, we
    got to let them go. …”
    They really don’t know what century they’re in, do they?

  • Redwine

    He’s black?
    Hey, Fauxahontas Lizzie, meet you’re fake-o soul mate.

  • we are inside their tiny little pointy heads ….its cramped ….we keep getting hit with a pea and there is a horrific wind but we’re there

  • Lindensant

    Is there any video of this jack ass doing this? Would love to post it on my FB page.

  • Harrison J. Bounel

    Hmmm…passive/aggressive behavior. Now where have I seen that before…

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  • Texas_Treeroach

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
    Not an EMPTY Chair!!!
    Anythin but an EMPTY Chair !!!!!!!

  • Chris

    The DNC is going an hour away from where I live here in NC. It is a shame that that crap is going in my state.

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  • 10ksnooker

    Nice Union Thugs … NOT! It sure looks like the Commie’s I used to know.

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  • JPhat

    1/32 African American

  • Sasja

    If this and the hug a union goon was the low profile they planned for the convention, what must their initial plans have been?

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  • Whiskeytangofoxtrot

    I guess it was the first defensless thing within reach – good thing there wasn’t a girlscout selling cookies, a puppy, or an aged senior nearby. We all know how fabulously fierce these union sweetie pies are…

  • Libbyme

    So, the Union Thugs are moving right along. They rode rough-shod into the state capital of Wisconsin having many rallies and desacrating their state capital building with graffi and garbage. Bringing along the hippies who squatted there with their rancor and filth. Very “upper class” don’t you think?? The unions had a place back in the 1800’s and maybe early 1900’s. But they’re way too powerful and no longer have a place in this economy!! MHO!!!!

  • Libbyme

    I also might say that IMHO the unions have no place in the conventions neither!! Just saying…..

  • SoLongSong

    Libbyme, I agree 100% with your humble opinion: The days of unions are OVER.

  • Unions are history.

  • 66chevelle

    Maybe that was a typo, and it was supposed to read “first Albino-American”.