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CPAC turns ugly: Melee nearly breaks out when protesters and attendees clash

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      Matt K. Lewis

      Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter <a>@mattklewis</a>.

A melee nearly ensued today outside Mitt Romney’s speech at CPAC, when protesters blocked a large TV screen showing Romney’s speech.

I captured this grainy video on my iPhone. In the background, you can hear one man telling protesters: “You are left-wing fascists,” and later asking, “why don’t you go hang out with Mussolini?”

Another young lady can be heard yelling for her dad — a CPAC attendee upset with the protesters — to “come on.”

“Dad, you can’t do anything about it,” she pleaded. “I’m just scared my dad’s going to like, knock them out,” she later told me.

Hotel security later arrived and removed the protesters (amid CPAC cheers). Here’s that video: