Showing up at a children’s Halloween party in a bear costume and filming yourself stealing kids’ candy is probably never a good way to win a political argument, but try telling that to conservative blogger and Fox News contributor Steven Crowder.
In a video published to YouTube on Tuesday, Crowder — whose strange attempts at conservative-styled satire have made the pages of The Raw Story before — does exactly that in an effort to make a point about progressive tax policies couched in something President Barack Obama said 14 years ago about how he favors “redistribution” of government resources “to make sure that everybody’s got a shot.” Video of the comment was widely circulated by Republicans in September, although most of the focus was on the word “redistribution” (a stand-in for “taxes”), and not the portion where Obama praised “competition” and market-driven “innovation.”
Despite numerous law enforcement outfits warning that children and parents should be wary of strangers wearing bear costumes in public, Crowder somehow managed to get flocks of kids to come up to his camera-rigged car. “You just stole my candy!” one of the kids in the video yells. Another one threatens to call the police.
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