Less Than 100 Show Up For Union Protest In Bismarck

One reader is telling me he counted 67 total at noon when the rally was scheduled to start, though the organizers are claiming 150. Another reader said she counted 50, with at least a half a dozen she recognized as paid liberal activists and another half dozen as conservatives there to take pictures, etc.

I’m told the whole event lasted about 15 minutes.

Here’s video sent in by a reader:

Also some pictures sent in by another reader:

I’ll update as more info comes in. Anyone who saw and/or documented the rally in Bismarck or Fargo let me know.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MUEMCT5HVEIRJM5Z2V2J7BAZVY Brian

    Now THAT is just pathetic. What if you threw a protest and nobody showed up?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Definitely a small crowd. About half of what they’re claiming showed up, though to be fair it is below zero outside.

      The rally lasted all of 15 minutes i’m told.

      • $8194357

        You ever been to the Devils Lake Chamber of commerce fishing derby, Rob? I went one year and it was negative 28 without wind chill factored in..Hundreds of fisherman trying to win the elusive prize that year. Maybe they should of sold raffle tickets to get a better turn out as well?

      • badlands4

        Rob, I had a J.C. Penny’s friends and family coupon to use in conjunction with a sale going on during the last below zero cold spell. Apparently my resolve to “fight” for the sale was stronger than paid protesters “fighting” for the people, and I didn’t even wear a jacket ;)

        Maybe they should have had coupons on hand?

      • tony_o2

        This is ND, below zero just means that you put on your cold-weather gear. The small crowd only indicates that nobody really cares about the rally.

  • http://sayanythingblog.com Mountainmouth

    That is why you should not advertise on MSNBC – However all of their viewers did show up with friends

  • Jimmyopp

    the weather should not matter if you are dedicated to a cause……they are saving thew world you know?

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    Now if each one of these guys would, in a show of solidarity, adopt a Wisconsin public employee and make up what they are going to lose in this restructuring everyone would be happy.

    Kumbaya my Lord, Kumbaya.

  • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

    Hardly a ground swell, or “explosion” of sentiment in favor of the unions.

  • http://randysroundtable.blogspot.com/ Randy G

    Every MSNBC viewer in the state…….

  • Jet

    looks like about how many used to be in line at the dmv in alaska when I lived up there

  • NDSuperman

    I heard more that more than a couple of protesters were upset that they didn’t get tickets to the latest Matt Damon movie as promised.

  • Clint F

    Pretty meager turnout for professional organizers. And wasn’t this supposed to be THE protest representing all of North Dakota? Sad.

    As far as the “turning North Dakota into Wisconsin” thing goes, I had no idea Wisconsin was so sparsely populated!

    Cf

  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    Noon is way too early in the day for slackers. Most of them don’t roll out of their racks before 3 PM.

    • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

      Getting up early is for productive people.

  • borborygmi

    I believe that is about all the union workers there are in this right to work state.

  • 308T

    That ain’t no TEA party…BWAHAHAHAHA!!!
    Go home and stay home Gunion scum!

  • DopeyDem

    And this breaking news just in, thousands rally for the union cause……………

    • 308T

      Thousands of Gunion scum rally for their selfish economic busting cause……

  • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

    Is that a net union total, or does that include Dork & Moonbat Watcher club members?

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