Sunday, January 1, 2012

Santorum Glitter-Bombed in Johnston, IA (Updated with Video Clip)

Rick Santorum was in Johnston, IA, last night watching the Insight Bowl with a bunch of reporters and potential voters.  According to Iowa City Patch, a glitter-bomber was at that restaurant:
The protester, a young man dressed in a white dress shirt and pants with a Rick Santorum sticker on his shirt, threw the glitter on the GOP presidential candidate as he shouted “stop the hate.”

Santorum simply kept walking with the glitter clinging to his Iowa Hawkeyes sweatshirt and began talking to the crowd as the protester was asked to leave the building by restaurant staff. The man, who appeared to be in his 20s, would only identify himself as “activist.”

Santorum’s national communications manager, Hogan Gidley, said that while the candidate has been verbally abused at various campaign stops, he has never before been “glittered.”
I hate glitter-bombing (unless it's by one fringe political candidate against another fringe candidate).  It's pointless and counter-productive.  And it's borderline assaultive.  Who knows what today's glitter-bomb will become next year.  It really needs to end.

Updated on 01/01/12: Video footage has been circulating today via the Associated Press and YouTube.  Check out the glitter-bomb incident and then watch the interactions afterwards.  Do you think either Santorum or his supporters were intimidated or otherwise affected by this man's words or actions?:
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum was greeted with a fistful of glitter as he arrived at his final campaign event Friday night in Johnston, Iowa. An unidentified man shouted "Stop the hate! Taste the rainbow!" as he threw glitter...

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