A local GOP chairman and author of “The Beast on the East River” received an unexpected blow to the face during a June 8 tea party by a man who blamed former President George W. Bush “for the mess we’re in.”
The incident took place during a rally outside Democrat Rep. Mel Watt’s office in Greensboro, N.C.
The following is a close-up video of the attack:
A longer version is available below:
Nathan Tabor is Forsyth Republican Party chairman, former candidate for U.S. Congress in North Carolina and the North Carolina Senate and founder of TCVMedia.com and TheConservativeVoice.com. He was also the webmaster for the presidential campaign of Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.
Tabor blocked attacker Govenor Spencer of Greensboro when he lunged toward Tabor’s wife.
“Don’t touch my property again, and don’t push me again,” Tabor said.
According to Human Events, the aggressor, a black man in his 50s, responded, “Then get the f— out.”
He lunged toward Tabor and punched him in the face.
In the video a woman can be heard screaming, and Tabor’s 5-year-old daughter, Abigail, shouts, “Daddy!”
Several witnesses in the crowd of 25 people began calling for the police.
“We were just there to do our constitutional right to have a peaceful protest,” Tabor told WGHP-TV.
He explained that the group was protesting a proposed amendment to give companies funding to pay increasing credit-card fees. Tabor was videotaping the event.
“About that time a gentleman walks around the corner and walks into the middle of the crowd saying it’s all George W. Bush’s fault. It’s all Dick Cheney’s fault,” he explained to the station.
Tabor said he stopped recording at the conclusion of the protest and walked toward his wife and daughter near the sidewalk.
“As I walked around the corner, this gentleman pushed me,” he said. “And when he pushed me the first time, I turned my camera on and brought my camera up. I said please don’t push me. And when I said that, he slapped my camera. He pushes me again. In the video you can see my body fall back. And I did not say anything to him, I didn’t engage him. I wasn’t going to, until he touched my wife.”
Tabor told WGHP-TV Spencer had pushed his wife, so he pushed Spencer back. That’s when Spencer lunged toward him and punched him in the face.
Tabor is not shown retaliating in the video. He asked Spencer on camera to wait for the police.
But Spencer refused. Instead, he got into his car and drove away.
The blog BigGovernment.com noted that Spencer is a union organizer and a black liberation activist who led the Greensboro Kmart protests of 1995. Spencer had a black-liberation-flag bumper sticker on his car.
“These veteran labor organizers recounted how they mobilized their families, communities and the Pulpit Forum of Greensboro, a coalition of progressive clergy, to commit acts of civil disobedience and bring pressure to bear on Kmart until they negotiated in good faith for a fairer contract,” World & World reported, referencing Spencer.
The police caught up with Spencer, and both men have filed assault charges against one another.
Spencer’s attorney, Joe Williams, told WGHP-TV, “We are going to deal with this in the courtroom. Mr. Tabor is going to find out that being wealthy doesn’t make a difference in a courtroom.”