Lyndon Laroucheites are pretty lol trolls. Much like Westboro, they truly believe in what they spout, and even more like Westboro, they take all antagonism from the public as evidence that they are right.
These guys set up shop outside the Bank of America branch on Fell Street. I was going there to do some mild-mannered banking and noticed a very distressed woman arguing with them. She had been trolled. She was definitely in the process of losing. I finished my banking and went home, then realized I needed to do more banking, so I returned, this time with a video camera! By this point she was walking down Broderick with her boyfriend, and she was crying. She lost. I hope she had a nice day.
I shot some video of the Larouchites and tried to antagonize them. At this, I failed horribly. I even used a technique that has proven very successful for Scientologists (another awesome band of trolls), which is to videotape my subjects while walking around them ominously. This typically makes people very uncomfortable! When that failed to raise their ire, I went into a tirade about how they were stepping on the turf of my local revolutionary Communist organization. I even tried to drop in a cheap shot or two about how Lyndon Larouche wanted to quarantine everyone with HIV in the 1980's. That also failed, and eventually I got tired and left. They won.
During this whole time, they were taping up their sign. Apparently, the angry (and visibly trolled) lady from earlier had torn it up in a fit of rage! They called her a fascist. I went into the bank to do my second bit of banking. When I returned, there were police there, disinterestedly taking a report about the sign-ripping "assault". Little did I know that this would hit the news today and be spun as an assault on an Obama supporter:.
- Man With Obama Sign Attacked In San Francisco (KCBS)
- Obama Supporter Attacked, Kicked Near S.F. Panhandle (sfist)
- Obama Volunteer Kicked While Distributing Campaign Literature in NoPa (SF Weekly)
- Man with Obama sign attacked in San Francisco (Examiner)
I am voting Larouche. Here's some video of the aftermath. Do those look like Obama supporters to you?