This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," December 3, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
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STEVEN CROWDER, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: What is it about right-to-work that you oppose so much? What is it about right to work?
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: What I oppose about right-to-work is because it's the freedom to freeload. They can suck all of the parasitical benefits, the hard wages that unions have negotiated and they get it for free.
CROWDER: You've already destroyed one tent. Leave the tent alone!
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Get the (bleep) out of my face.
CROWDER: Don't tear down the tent!
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Get the (bleep) out of my face.
CROWDER: You hurt a lady in there.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Bleep) I didn't hurt nobody. Get the (bleep) out of my face. Back the (bleep) up.
CROWDER: Don't tear down the tent.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Back the (bleep) off.
(CHANTING AND YELLING)
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: What are you going to (bleep) do?
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: What are you going to (bleep) --
CROWDER: You just assaulted me, buddy.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: He's got a gun!
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: People don't want anybody to get hurt.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: I'll kill (bleep) with a gun! I've killed plenty (bleep) with a gun!
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Hey! (bleep)
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Leave him alone.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: And welcome to "Hannity." Now, if you want an insight into the ugly and twisted and dark soul of liberalism, then it's worth taking a look at the events in Michigan over the last 24 hours.
As everybody knows by now, the Republican state legislature passed and Governor Rick Snyder signed in a law a right-to-work bill -- that horror of horrors -- it bans compulsory union fees. And workers will no longer be required to pay union fees as a condition of employment.
As a result, more jobs are probably going to come to Michigan. As a result, this modest, very reasonable growth-oriented law, organized labor has gone insane and now resorted to violence, which by the way is perfectly predictable since as The National Review puts it, is so well organized, it's labor's business model to mechanically, well, identify and use extortion. It is in the nature of the extortionist trade to resort to violence when they're frustrated.
Now in just the last 24 hours for example, Fox News contributor Steven Crowder was beaten by a mob, having been punched repeatedly in the face. Protesters wielding knives brought down a tent on representatives from the conservative group Americans for Prosperity. By the way, that's the tent that was housing women and children and old people and bystanders, they were also ruffed up. And a Democratic legislature by the name of Douglas Geiss, he declared on the floor of the statehouse, there will be blood, there will be repercussions.
And then Jimmy Hoffa, the president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, he said he expects Michigan unions and lawmakers to break out into, quote, "civil war."
Now, we're going to have more on these threats coming up later in the hour. So, what are we to make of all this violence, all of this ugliness?
Now, several things, point number one. What is happening in Lansing is not an isolated event. It's part of a trend, we have seen similar acts of violence happen in Madison, Wisconsin, there in response to Governor Scott Walker's lawful and correct decision to end collective bargaining in his state. A
And we saw example after example, sexual assault, rape, arson, violence, even defecating on police cars during the "Occupy Wall Street" protest. Now, the Left is becoming increasingly vicious and violent in how it conducts itself, believing they have a right to physically intimidate and even physically harm their political opponents.
Now, this is the kind of stuff you would expect to see in a banana republic, not the United States of America this.
Now, this needs to be condemn in the strongest language possible, and more importantly, the thugs committing these acts of violence, they need to be restrained, they need to be arrested. Law and order has to prevail. If it doesn't, this violence is going to spread, there will be blood in the streets and at some point, some people may in fact die. Now, that's the course we are currently on.
Now, point number two, the violence that we are seeing is, in part, a response to desperation by the labor movement. They know that the stars are now aligned against them. They know that their best days are in the past, not the future. And they know they are losing membership, influence and power, even in states that are the birth place of the labor movement. As their power recedes, their anger rises. As their anger rises, well, they are lashing out, using very dangerous rhetoric and violence to try and get their way. Now, this is not going to work.
Now, point number three, the mainstream media is once again showing an unbelievable double standard. Tonight, we are dedicating an entire segment to this.
Point number four, "president civility," President Obama, who is so quick and eager to preach to Republicans in the country and conservatives about the importance of respectful public discourse, never, ever condemns in powerful terms, the violence of the Left.
Now, to be sure, Obama thankfully doesn't condone violence. And here and there, he hints through a spokesperson that as a general matter, he doesn't like the violence. But the criticisms are as gentle as can be and never specific to groups like the labor movement, that are committing these acts of violence.