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Conservative blogger gives out free bongs to embarrass protestersBy David Edwards
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
James O’Keefe would be proud.
A conservative blogger has been accused of trying to give out marijuana bongs and Che Guevara rolling papers in Zuccotti Park in order to make Occupy Wall Street protesters look criminal.
New York City resident Joey Boots captured video of Evan Coyne Maloney being confronted by protesters after he allegedly tried to pass out the paraphernalia. At one point, Maloney is seen trying to hand a protester a pack of rolling papers with the image of Che Guevara.
One protester who got a peek at Maloney’s prepared questions noted that they were all “anti-liberal.”“Is Bill Clinton the bad guy?” the protester observed. “Is Barack Obama? Democrats are the bad guy? He’s doing this because he’s going to sell it.”
“I wish I could sell it,” Maloney replied.
“You’re a Fox News guy trying to make us all look bad with your anti-liberal — He just gave out — He’s trying to give people bongs to make us look bad!” the protester shouted. “Over there they gave out bongs. He’s like, ‘You answer, here’s a bong.’ Trying to get that one shot… All [Maloney's assistant] had was bongs, peace signs with marijuana and Che Guevara rolling papers. Three things when Fox News gets it, they’ll just clip that then it’s just like protesters accept it.”
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