Tom Emmer wants criminal prosecutions for glitter-bombing

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Tom Emmer thinks Nick Espinosa should be arrested for assault and, uh, littering?
When Tom Emmer ran into gay rights advocate/prankster Nick Espinosa at the Minnesota State Fair, it looked a lot more likely that Emmer would hurt Espinosa than the other way around. He didn't, but Emmer was pretty forceful in telling Espinosa to "take a hike."

But rather than using old-timer tough talk to deal with Espinosa's pranksters, Emmer's got a better idea: Get the cops and district attorneys involved, and lock these criminals up!

On the Davis and Emmer radio show this morning, Emmer felt like he needed to stick up for "the marriage amendment folks," referring to anti-gay marriage group Minnesota for Marriage, whose booth was the target of a horrific glitter-bombing at the State Fair. There were no survivors.

No, just kidding. But Emmer still freaked out pretty good about it.

"You know what?" Emmer asked his listeners. "It's an assault."

Bob Davis, he of the big hair and indoor sunglasses, got the crazy ball rolling, explaining that the glitter-bombings were "quasi-violent," and then saying that it was going to get someone seriously hurt.

"That glitter attack stuff is really testing that line, and I'm going to tell you what's going to happen, somebody is going to pull a trick and they're going to get shot. That's what's going to happen. Or they're going to get hurt."

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Tom Emmer, Bob Davis: Radio tough guys.
Yes, exactly. Davis is just looking out for the protesters. Back in the '60s, Bob Davis would have had the courage to tell Martin Luther King's buddies, "Hey, listen fellas, someone's going to get hit with the fire hose."

Emmer called Espinosa -- whom he wouldn't refer to by name -- a "foolish, immature, attention-starved young man," which we all know is nonsense: Espinosa gets plenty of attention!

Matter of fact, he just got written up in the New York Times, which last week ran an Op-Ed piece about the glitter-bomb phenomenon. There, Newt Gingrich, victim of the first glitter-bombing in May, voiced a rather extreme perspective about Espinosa dropping glitter on him:

"Glitter bombing is clearly an assault and should be treated as such. When someone reaches into a bag and throws something on you, how do you know if it is acid or something that stains permanently or something that can blind you? People have every right to their beliefs but no right to assault others."
Gee, labeling glitter-bombing an "assault" sounds awful familiar. Maybe Tom Emmer  borrowed some of Newt's crazy juice before this morning's radio show.

To be fair, Gingrich makes a good point about not knowing that it's glitter until it's already been dumped on you. It's like, when someone shakes your hand, how do you know they aren't holding one of those buzzer things?

Emmer decided to take the very popular, common conservative position of blaming police.

"I don't understand what is wrong with our law enforcement folks," he began, "and more importantly with our less than responsible left-wing liberal media, aside from the fact that I guess tolerance only goes one way for them."

Then, after calling glitter-bombs "assault," he backed off a bit, and turned into an environmentalist.

"At the very least," he said, beginning to shout, "it violates every law on littering that we have in this state."

Emmer's absolutely right. The front lines on the battle against littering is clearly the Minnesota State Fair. Maybe we should give you and Nick Espinosa a couple of brooms, send you out there, and you two can figure this thing out.

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99percenter
99percenter

How about we start treating glitterbombings as criminals as soon as we start treating Republicans, Democrats and wall street for the crimes they've commited against Americans.

Gus Anderson
Gus Anderson

The Westboro Phelps Cult screaming about **Gays burning in Hell** while protesting outside someone's funeral........is assault.  The Supreme Court calls it *freedom of speech*.So the fascists can suck it.

Cidbeme
Cidbeme

GLITTER BOMS ARE YOUR CONCERN?! YOU DO KNOW YOUR PICTURE IS OUT THERE WITH A GUILTY CHILD MOLESTOR AND YOUR WORRIED ABOUT GLITTER GOD YOU POLITICANS ARE STUPID

Neil
Neil

When are you morons going to learn. The civil rights struggle has nothing to do with the homosexual act. One is a trait, the other a behavior. One is unable to be controlled or changed, the homosexual act can be controlled or changed. According to your logic, we can classify pedophiles, thieves, embezzlers, etc. as being discriminated against by having to held accountable for their behaviors.

Max_Power_Jax
Max_Power_Jax

It's assault and you should be allowed to defend yourself with deadly force. Mabye those queens will think twice about attacking someone.

GladysP
GladysP

Look, they are homosexuals. Anything they do should be considered harmless and inoffensive. They are sweet, delicate and swishy, as opposed to the mean, nasty, violent, tough hetero males. Whether prancing down Main Street in a sequined tutu, beard, lavender eye shadow, and sprinkling magic fairy dust on the crowd, or a political opponent wearing hetero clothes, reaching into a bag and throwing some unknown substance makes no difference. Just ask yourself after the fact: was he queer? If so, just don't bring charges. They're just like that. Whether storming Christian churches to disrupt services or dancing naked in the streets, one just has to remember: homosexuals are just like that, you know? Assault is for hetero Republicans, not queers.

sth1977
sth1977

While I disagree with these right-wing, backwoods thinkers, glitter bombing reduces the argument to child's play.  It is ridiculous and not at all helpful.  We can do better.

Jeffk24
Jeffk24

Well, if you're going to be facing procecution you might as well lob bricks or bowling balls.Which would you prefer Tom?

Glitterisalrightbyme
Glitterisalrightbyme

Good point. We know there is otherwise absolutely no littering at the State fair and that any litterers should be prosecuted to the full extint of the law (**imagining Emmer dropping a hot dog wrapper on the way to the can**).

mediapolitic
mediapolitic

"Foolish, immature, attention-starved" is what the Minnesota voters thought of Emmer.

fauxbo
fauxbo

Don't stop the glitter bombs Nick - I'd be happy to contribute to aGlitter Defense Fund.  And watch your back Kirk - you just may be ona glitter target list.....there's a sale on goggles at Target youmay want to consider. 

another mom
another mom

I wonder if these glitterphobes realize how they sound to real victims of violent crimes.

I will tell you, they sound like nasty bully pussies that cry when they aren't the ones putting others into categories.

I know for a fact since I am a mother of a murdered child. 

I hope someday these whiners will actually have to face the horrific crap that happens from real crime or real discrimination.  They wouldn't be able to handle it.

E K
E K

"Glitter bombing is harmless (as long as I agree with the political position of the glitter bomber)."

bigriggs
bigriggs

Glitter bombing is so childish and lame.

RoscoP
RoscoP

Emmer needs to take a Bm're!

Jeremy B
Jeremy B

If I have to go through security and take off my shoes to board the SkyGlider next summer, Emmer and I will have words.

Dipper Well
Dipper Well

Typical right wing cry-babies.  Tommy needs his Mommy.

Paul Hobbs
Paul Hobbs

Yeah, I'm sure that a cup of glitter is going to be the most problematic bit of litter or waste that will need to be cleaned up after the State Fair.People that run around quoting religious scripture to justify depriving citizens of their civil rights, well, what can you say? Same sex marriage is happening right now, and it's going to happen nationally- it's only a matter of time. If they think my gay friends are going to hell, fine. They can discuss it in church and mind their own business.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

If someone takes offense, it can be portrayed as a crime against that person in civil court thus allowing them to seek retribution.If someone get just one piece of glitter in their eye, it's 3rd degree physical assault due to the using of a foreign object to cause bodily harm.  

like him or not, Tom Emmer is right.

Funny, didn't I just say this was at the very least "littering"?  Has anyone ever tried to clean up glitter?  Not fun and very time consuming.

I wonder if the DNR is keen to putting glitter into the storm sewers, thus eventually getting into the rivers and lakes.  I wonder if it looks like food to a fish.  Is it toxic to the fish?

But hey, I love this clear celebration of these people at this booth.

N Locke Step
N Locke Step

You do know that the head of the Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps, is a Democrat. 

Gus Anderson
Gus Anderson

When the fascists who willingly ignore the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence stop their attacks on other people's lives.....we will stop throwing glitter.

Greg
Greg

maybe instead of glitter,, they should throw paint ! Make the crime fit the punishment.

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

Kirk can't afford to shop at Target...he's poor, and white, just ask him.

Update when them shits go on sale at Savers.

guest
guest

Homophobia is childish and lame too

Gus Anderson
Gus Anderson

Glitter isn't litter, just because the word *litter* is found in it.  The right-wing nut fascists use words as weapons.  That would be assault.

jww
jww

Maybe they could hire you to clean up the glitter and then you can bring it to work with you in your Saturn and throw it away with the rest of your garbage.

Ahem!
Ahem!

Only 1% of the world population is gay. I do not understand why people make sucha big deal over a 1% genetic abboration.

Gus Anderson
Gus Anderson

Yeah, give me my stinking disabled parking tag. I have a genetic abnormality.

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