Hi. All I wanted to do was transfer a Twitter thread I made over on to MINDS. Since I was deplatformed from Twitter, I wanted to make sure my work didn't go to waste. So I did that. Yet, I knew I could flesh things out a bit more. That's how we got here.
There's a proven imbalance in reporting left-wing extremism. Christopher Mathias of HuffPost is an openly biased cheerleader for Antifa. He will never cover the Far Left in a negative light. This is my attempt to fix that. I collected as many instances of Antifa attacks and protests throughout the past three years. NOTE: I have SOME international cases added, just enough to establish that the Far Left is an international issue. I'll be adding more later.
It's worth noting that modern Antifa groups have their roots in Black Lives Matter protests and the Occupy movement. My point of focus is mostly the reaction from Donald Trump winning the 2016 election, as that's when everything intensified.
I also want to note if it was up to me, Richard Spencer would get the electric chair. I fully understand the threat of right-wing extremism. I simply take the opinion that we all don't have a proper understanding of what's going on without considering Antifa violence.
June 3rd 2016: A group of roughly 100 anti-Trump protesters showed up to a Trump rally and went after Trump supporters. They threw eggs. A Black Muslim chased and tackled a White Trump supporter. Someone burned the American flag. Blood poured off a man's head after being bludgeoned. The incompetent San Jose and California police response was heavily criticized. But the police chief defended the restraint. Obama told Democrats to not act like Republicans. Trump called them "a bunch of thugs." Hillary Clinton blamed Trump for creating such an environment. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo did too. (ABC News) (NY Post) (AJ+) (Breitbart) (CNN) (The Guardian) (Fox News) (Washington Post) (BuzzFeed) (Twitchy) (CBS) (Business Insider) (Hot Air) (Daily Mail) (The Atlantic) (Free Beacon) (MSNBC) (Twitter Moment)
October 8th/9th 2016: Philip Thaler and eight other right-wingers are attacked in Halle, Germany by over 30 left-wing extremists. Several of them were injured by stones, bottles, and pepper spray. (Einprozent)
November 11th 2016: Anti-Trump protest declared riot in Portland after the election of Donald Trump cost over $1 million in damage. 25 people arrested. "Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!" Trump tweeted. (Mic) (BuzzFeed) (KPTV) (VICE) (Zero Hedge) (Associated Press) (OregonLive) (NBC News)
January 19th 2017: Mike Cernovich threw a party called the Deploraball the night before Trump was sworn into office. It could've ended really badly if Project Veritas didn't catch a group of D.C. Antifascist Coalition people conspiring to use acid against attendees. This Butyric acid is known for its foul odor. If it was deployed (along with pulling fire alarms), Deploraball attendees would've inevitably had to face an angry mob of Far Left protesters outside. Paul Kuhn, Colin Dunn and Scott Charney were all arrested. They went to great lengths planning this attack, going as far as to scope out the area in advance to ensure success. DisruptJ20 organizer Lacy MacAuley had to scale back her plans after O'Keefe's pre-emptive meddling.
How did it go otherwise? Not so good, in terms of protest violence. This was the first time anyone met Antifa whatsoever. This Far Left mob of roughly 200 folks showed up to protest the Deploraball event, held at DC's National Press Club. People learned that night what Antifa was all about as they blocked the entrance. Take a guess, when you hear things like: "Fuck your order / fuck your wall / we will make your system fall."
Shouting. Burning stuff. Like MAGA hats (and in this case you can see five or six different people taking pictures of it). Wearing black masks. But again lots of fire. They even brought a 15-foot-tall elephant balloon that said "RACISM" on it. All organized by a group called "Refuse Fascism." Who happened to be doing exactly what one would expect the so-called "Fascists" to do. Antifa threw bottles and trash at police and people leaving the event. One protester even threw a police bike. Antifa chased after attendees as they left the event. There was this growing perception divide. Simply supporting the President of the United States was being made equivalent to advocating for white supremacy. Same accusations thrown at Deploraball. Even though Richard Spencer was kicked out. "They did not bill this as an alt-right event and uninvited several people whom we recognized as objectionable and could be the walking epitome of yelling fire in a crowded theater, to invoke a Supreme Court decision," said the National Press Club President. The Far Left wrongly thought that people like Richard Spencer helped organize the event. For what it's worth it looked like the Deploraball was really fun. People like Peter Thiel, Sean Hannity, Sheriff Clarke and James O’Keefe were there. Oliver Darcy somehow got in too. The new breed of Republicans were asserting themselves at the start of a new political era. Cernovich was adamant on distancing themselves (both him and everyone in attendance) from the "Alt-Right" label.
"RESPECT EXISTENCE OR EXPECT RESISTANCE," read one sign. "Impeach the Predatory President" said another. It would get harder to see these whenever Antifa set off their smoke devices. Get used to hearing "No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA" a million times over. This becomes the regular tagline for Antifa at any protest event. Same goes for "NAZI SCUM OFF OUR STREETS." It's what people would say to express their anger that Trump became President. Antifa protesters got physical. Beatings. Gavin McInnes had to fight through the crowd to get in.
James Allsup was severely injured. He got targeted beforehand with Antifa trying to steal his hat. That time they punched him. But that wasn't the last of it. "I was wearing my ‘Make America Great Again’ hat, and a white male came up behind me and swung at me with a flagpole – I kind of blacked out for a minute,” Allsup told Fox News. "Before I knew it, my head was gushing blood — there’s blood on my Trump hat."
On the other end are people who thought this. "These people are Nazi apologists," said protester David Whipple. "I want to show everything they stand for, I stand against."
Something that would become standard is Antifa anarchists fighting the cops and vice versa. The Far Left think police are allies of white supremacy since they're protecting folks like those who attended the Deploraball. The authorities formed a line of protection separating the party inside from the angry people outside. The boys in blue deployed pepper spray to subdue the crowd. Antifa gets used to the taste of it.
The media's focus is divided. Some focus on the party itself, others on the protests outside. This small gap will become a wider divide as the months and years roll by. (BPR) (Breitbart) (Daily Mail) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (II) (III) (Los Angeles Times) (NBC) (National Post) (Newsweek) (New York Times) (PJ Media) (II) (Politico) (Raw Story) (Red State) (Rolling Stone) (RT) (Slate) (The Atlantic) (The Guardian) (The Hill) (The Independent) (The New Republic) (The Root) (TMZ) (Washington Post) (Washington Times) (Wired) (WSJ) (WUSA9)
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January 20th 2017: Remember Trump's Inauguration Day? There were Left-wing riots. All because the Orange Man got elected. This was "bad" enough cause for people to lash out. "NOT MY PRESIDENT" read their banners. To clarify, what I'm referring to is not the Women's March. There was a separate thing going on, called "#DisruptJ20."
217 people were arrested and charged with rioting. A few journalists got sucked into that vortex, but later both freed. Some argued that these protests were "pockets." But on the other hand, there's that limo someone set on fire. I mean come on, this was a mob. Many trash cans lost their lives that day. Perhaps some people didn't intend for the protest to become a riot. But that's what happened. The use of fire is a symptom. Loud boom noises that sound like explosions are usually a bad sign. Also, same goes for when police feel obliged to use crowd control equipment. It was meant to rain on Trump's parade, thus the mob burning an American flag. But we can interpret "Disrupt J20" literally too. Since protesters blocked entrances and checkpoints to the Inauguration event. "I respect your right to peacefully protest but the damage that has occurred today is unacceptable and not welcome in DC," tweeted DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.
These people fought against the police. Three Metro DC cops were injured by the mob, with two of them getting hit by rocks. Get used to me mentioning pepper spray throughout this article. It's as common occurrence for Far Left protests, as Salt and Pepper are for meals at the dinner table. The same goes for tear gas and broken glass. The term fascism quickly became their common lingo to describe their political enemies. "They're just here to stir up trouble," said a Trump supporter who worked as a public school teacher. "It upsets me a little bit that people choose to do this, but yet again it's one of the things I love about this country."
Someone punches Richard Spencer mid-interview and it starts a viral craze.
Somehow the idea of political violence was planted in people's heads that day. "Punching Nazis makes us GOOD like Captain America!" was the excuse some told themselves. Inauguration Day is obviously a high-density moment all around, though. Shutting down a highway being a clear sign of that. This was the best opportunity to "stick it" to the man. The huge turnout inevitably boosted the confidence of Trump's detractors moving forward. (ABC) (BBC) (Bloomberg) (Fox News) (Hollywood Reporter) (Mother Jones) (NY Times) (The Blaze) (The Hill) (RT) (Washington Post)
February 1st 2017: Milo Yiannopoulos decided to speak at UC Berkeley in California for the finale of his tour. What a finale it was. The talk in particular was slated to be on sanctuary campuses used for protecting illegal migrants. But Milo's views on transgenderism and Black Lives Matter were on people's minds. Nobody knew what to fully expect. UC Davis had nasty protests and someone got shot at Milo's University of Washington stop. There were calls from school staff to try and cancel it, but that didn't work. A strong effort was made to separate general "freedom of speech" from the actual things Milo said. The Berkeley College Republicans prided themselves on that. But afterward? "The Free Speech Movement is dead," read a statement on their website. What happened? Police prepared as best they could. Something was coming. Then onward came the fireworks. An angry mob organized by a group called "Refuse Fascism" happened.
UC Berkeley cancelled Milo's talk. Debra Messing clapped like a happy seal. It was a full two hours before it was set to begin. But the police could no longer guarantee Milo's safety, given the 1500 protesters that showed up. “As a black Muslim woman, all three of those identities have been targeted throughout (Trump’s) campaign,” UC Berkeley junior Fatima Ibrahim told the SF Chronicle. “To have someone like (Yiannopoulos) come into my campus and affirm those people’s beliefs, it’s very, very hurtful.”
They weren't all Antifa. Just to make that clear. But what do you think sticks more when there's "KILL TRUMP" written in red scribbled graffiti. When a MAGA hat wearing young lady is pepper sprayed right in front of the media? “For 30 years, the left has been able to bully people into silence by name calling and they’ve forgotten how to argue," Milo told Fox News.
Antifa was there. "The violence was instigated by a group of about 150 masked agitators who came onto campus and interrupted an otherwise non-violent protest," said UC Berkeley's official statement. 6 people were injured. By what? Paramilitary tactics. By this Black Bloc army that attacked Berkeley cops with rocks and Molotov cocktails. The latter of which qualifies Antifa as a mob in the Hollywood mafia movie stereotype sense. The more ambitious of these rabid far left protesters attacked people in cars. All of this combined makes the police's use of rubber bullets and tear gas feel lenient.
“It’s absolutely acceptable to use violence. They are 100% certain to use it against us," one protester told The Guardian. I'm going to make that quote bold so you know it's important. It all becomes a blame game in the aftermath of any of these events. But here we have Antifa starting that cycle by saying violence is ok. This isn't hard to understand.
The Mayor of Berkeley tried calling Milo a white nationalist, but then quickly apologized soon after the public backlash rolled in. The Cowardly Mayor also blamed the police for the whole disaster. The term "Black Bloc" to define these Far Left extremists began taking root. It became harder to write this off as a one-time Trump related spout of anger. The birth of understanding "Antifa" as we know it today. Milo's name crossed out on a piece of rubble, surrounded by fire. The nearby Student Union? Shattered. The bank, trashed. Not even the Starbucks was spared. A black mass of chaos that disrupted anything in its path. Light poles were toppled. The barricades set up were torn down and hurled at buildings.
A tweet from Trump added another media shock wave. "If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?" tweeted the President. It'd be a huge blow since federal funding accounted for $370 million of its annual budget. Kellyanne Conway thought the protesters acted like children. As for the reactions of other politicians, which is worse: the silence of GOP leaders, or a Democrat Representative calling the riot a "beautiful sight"?
It was the end of Milo's tour. But the beginning of a new era of modern political violence. A fuller timeline is available via Breitbart. (ABC) (BBC) (CBS) (CNN) (Federalist) (Forbes) (Free Beacon) (Hot Air) (HuffPost) (IB Times) (IJR) (Jezebel) (Newsweek) (New York Times) (NBC) (NPR) (People) (Quillette) (Reuters) (RT) (Spectator) (The Blaze) (The Guardian) (The Hill) (The Independent) (USA Today) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Post) (WSJ)
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Fuck. "We will fight fascists. We will dismantle the state. This is war." Yvette Felarca was one of the protest organizers. "No regrets," was her response to the violence. It was now inevitable. A lot of more of this was going to come. By that I mean things like chasing down a man and beating him.
February 2nd 2017: Gavin McInnes did an event for NYU's College Republicans, and Antifa showed up to heckle him. Also to attack people. They made it nearly impossible for McInnes to get in, let alone leave. They set MAGA hats on fire and tried pepper spraying Gavin's face. At least one alleged nutty professor entered the fray, angry when the cops showed up. Eleven were arrested as a result of clashing with police. This diary from an Antifa member shows that not only do the Far Left believe Gavin is a "Nazi," but also that they see the police as their enemy. (BPR) (Breitbart) (CBS) (Daily Caller) (Daily Mail) (Daily Wire) (FOX News) (Gateway Pundit) (Gothamist) (Hot Air) (IB Times) (Metro) (NY Post) (Reason) (Red State) (Town Hall) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Times) (Zero Hedge)
March 2nd 2017: "A conservative author tried to speak at a liberal arts college. He left fleeing an angry mob." His name was Charles Murray. What was meant to be a modest exchange of ideas wasn't allowed to happen. Murray was invited to Middlebury College to talk about his book "Coming Apart: The State of White America." Charles is also famous for his 1994 book The Bell Curve, which explores the potential for a link between race and intelligence. As you can imagine, in 2017, this topic was seen as taboo. The SPLC labeled Charles a white nationalist and the Associated Press ran with that narrative. On the night of Murray's talk, there was a clash between attendees and people spooked by the boogeyman of white supremacy. "DANGEROUS IDEOLOGIES." A professor who was going to moderate the Q&A session ended up physically injured by angry protesters. They pulled her hair and twisted her neck. She had to wear a brace. Protesters attacked Murray's car and blocked his way as he tried to leave the campus. Murray noted that school administrators were welcoming and that this was a student body problem. In an open letter, 450 Middlebury alumni called Charles Murray a "threat." (Associated Press) (Daily Caller) (Daily Wire) (Free Beacon) (Hot Air) (Reason) (Time) (Twitchy) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Times)
March 4th 2017: The son of 2016 Vice President contender Tim Kaine arrested for protesting a Minnesota Trump rally. "Woody" and four other people tried lighting a smoke bomb (or fireworks?) inside the Capitol. He ran from three cops and they tackled him. Kaine's son was ready to fight with police, resisting arrest. “We love that our three children have their own views and concerns about current political issues. They fully understand the responsibility to express those concerns peacefully,” Woody's parents said. He was arrested for second-degree rioting but released based on insufficient evidence. VICE and Jezebel tried making it sexual for some reason. (ABC) (BBC) (Breitbart) (CBS - Minnesota) (CNN) (Daily Beast) (Daily Caller) (Daily Mail) (Daily Wire) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (HuffPost) (NBC) (Newsweek) (Orlando Sentinel) (Red State) (Reuters) (Seattle Times) (The Blaze) (The Hill) (The Independent) (Toronto Sun) (Twin Cities) (USA Today) (Washington Times)
March 4th 2017: A "March 4 Trump" rally at Berkeley turns into chaos. Physical fighting was common. It's wild, seeing Antifa try to rip an American flag from a young girl's hands. A war was born. With two factions engaging in physical conflict. Kapow! Bam! Blap! Smash! Whaam! Smack! "This isn't a Trump rally anymore. It's the anarchists," remarked journalist Lizzie Johnson. Trump supporters started using shields, for goodness sake. Strategic choice. Good for blocking eggs that Antifa threw at people. Poetic that Antifa burnt a free speech sign that day, given the course of destiny they set themselves on. It wasn't just "Proud Boys" or "Fascists." Your average Trump supporter was more than happy to come out to the event. They too got caught in the crossfire. One poor old Trump supporting man was pepper sprayed. A kid got yelled at. "Thank you for the great rallies all across the country. Tremendous support. Make America Great Again!" Trump tweeted. The whole Russia conspiracy theory was freshly born, so people argued about that. 10 people were arrested, and at least 7 injured. It's surprising the cops bothered to arrest anyone, given how hands-off their presence was. The rally's organizer Rich Black tweeted "the police betrayed us." Blood spilled. Flags aflame. The commies tried burning an American flag, but one bold old lady patriot came to the rescue. A reliable source when it comes to Antifa's perspective is a site called It's Going Down. I'll refer to it throughout this article every so often. They did a blog post about the March 4th protest. It mentions that one right-wing extremist got arrested. The author of the blog post says this is "PROOF" that justifies Antifa's militant tactics going forward. Completely ignoring the fact one of their own ran from the cops. A play-by-play by the hour is available on East Bay Times. (ABC) (BPR) (Breitbart) (CBS) (Daily Wire) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (HuffPost) (IJR) (LA Times) (NBC) (Newsweek) (Reuters) (RT) (SFGate) (The Blaze) (The Hill) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Post) (Washington Times) (Zero Hedge)
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March 4th 2017: UK. Kevin Crehan was sentenced to jail for 12 months because he was part of a group that left bacon sandwiches outside a mosque in Bristol. He died in prison in December 2016. Around 100 people staged a protest for the "disproportionate sentence" and a "corrupt judge." A counter protest by local Antifa gangs was SUPPOSED TO take place over in Castle Park but they moved it to be close to where the Crehan protest was happening. The EDL was blamed for the escalation in tensions, and a pub closed their doors for the duration of the demonstration. (Daily Mail) (Express) (ITV)
March 17th 2017: An angry mob of student protesters crashed Jordan Peterson's talk at McMaster University. They deployed megaphones and various noise-making objects in order to try and drown out Dr. Peterson's voice. "SHUT HIM DOWN" the protesters chanted. Highlights include one professor who believed taking "photos will hurt you." An attendee was reportedly assaulted. It was supposed to be a panel, but other members backed out over targeted harassment. The club that hosted Peterson in the first place had the College's approval for this. Nonetheless, the official campus "safe space" brigade was on standby to help anyone who was offended by Peterson simply showing up. A coalition of far left groups at the college had a different idea about what free speech means. (Breitbart) (CBC) (National Post) (Toronto Sun)
April 7th 2017: A Conservative writer named Heather Mac Donald had to livestream her speech for Claremont McKenna because a crowd of 250 protesters blocked the auditorium. Even then, further efforts were made to silence her."This is not just my loss of free speech. These students are exercising brute force against their fellow students to prevent them from hearing me live," she told Fox News. What was the overly controversial topic that got students riled up? Heather was a critic of Black Lives Matter and wanted to make an argument in favor of the police. For that, protesters labeled her an ally of white supremacy. They called her an "anti-black fascist." An event the day before at UCLA had protester blowback, but at least Mac Donald was allowed to speak her piece. Claremont McKenna refrained from arresting protesters because it would've created a more dangerous environment, all around. The protest organizers requested white people be a "buffer" between colored students and the cops. Campus Reform has the best breakdown of the full story. (Breitbart) (Daily Caller) (Daily Wire) (Fox News) (Hot Air) (LA Times) (National Review) (Reason) (The Daily Signal) (The Root) (Washington Post) (Washington Times) (WSJ)
April 15th 2017: "The Battle of Berkeley." The big one. There's a two-hour video of the event by Tim Pool, if you prefer to see for yourself. Everyone saw the fighting twice before and decided to put all their marbles in for this event on Tax Day. This is on top of the long history of free speech protest culture the city of Brekeley is known for. This next pro-Trump event was called "Patriots Day" and featured guest speakers like: Baked Alaska, Brittany Sellner, Irma Hinojosa, Kyle "Based Stick Man" Chapman (who got arrested at the event), Lauren Southern, and Vaughn Neville. Rich Black raised the cash via WeSearchr. The Antifa side was organized by BAMN (By Any Means Necessary). It's Going Down published a hit-piece about the event speakers, to get the far left crowd riled up before the big day.
It was sponsored by the pro-Trump group Liberty Revival Alliance. A group called the oath keepers showed up to Civic Center Park too. But when it comes to the conflict, pro-Trump vs. anti-Trump turns into "Antifa" vs "White Nationalists." I put those two terms in quotes because their usage as a label is stretched to hell and back at this point. The question slowly becomes: is it a debate of ideas or just an excuse to get physical?
There were anywhere from 500 to 1000 people according to a Reuters estimate. To a battle with the usual fireworks and smoke bombs, but also now bear spray this time. I can't sugarcoat the fact that actual white supremacists showed up doing Hitler salutes. Antifa had a chance to validate their far left paranoia (and attack garbage cans). Especially when Nathan Damigo punched a far left chick. There are two versions of the photo that show either party as the one punching first. Media outlets picked up the punch as its own story. Blue checkmarks got mad too. That argument hits an impasse. However the Antifa girl wanted to collect "100 Nazi scalps" and went into this looking for a fight. The problem is that all the chaos of Berkeley resulted in it being impossible to tell the difference. At least, to some. In the blog post by It's Going Down, you can see how broad of a brush Antifa's perception of "extremists" are.
That's where this blood came from.
That's why innocent people like Lauren Southern and Brittany Sellner got caught in the crossfire. (Disclosure: I'm friends with both of them. But I acknowledge this openly and am capable of looking past that as a source of bias.) Neither of them are lovers of the leader of Germany in World War II, but Antifa blindly started to jump to such conclusions. The far left can't tell the difference between parody and reality (see: Kekistan).
One daring man thought to take the piss out of that Kylie Jenner Pepsi advertisement. He went around offering cans of the beverage in hopes of being the ultimate peacemaker. Who else would rise to the occasion? The police? Hahaha. Nah they let people kick the shit out of each other. People noticed the cops cowering out in their vehicles as mayhem ensued. Look at this bloody mess. No "Empathy Tent" can save you from a cloud of pepper spray. But in all fairness, it was a herculean-sized task trying to keep the peace with a chaotic day like this one. Some estimates put the number of cops at a staggering 250 after the situation spiraled out of control. Twenty-one people were arrested that day. Eleven injured. A hefty stack of confiscated weapons, too. Although for that day, Berkeley classified anything that could be used as a possible weapon whatsoever as banned. (ABC) (Big League Politics) (Business Insider) (BuzzFeed) (CBS) (CNN) (Daily Caller) (Daily Kos) (Daily Mail) (Esquire) (Fox News) (HuffPost) (LA Times) (Mercury News) (NBC) (NY Post) (Reuters) (The Blaze) (The Guardian) (The Hill) (TMZ) (The Root) (VICE) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Post)
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A professor named Eric Clanton smashed a Trump supporter in the head with a bike lock. We didn't know who it was until the rascal's mask slipped in a separate video. Given the fact that he left his victims bleeding, Clanton faced jail time, right? Nope. No jail time for the Far Leftist who made people bloody. Just three years probation.
May 1st 2017: An ugly riot of Far Left anarchists that happened back in a time where "optics" didn't matter. A mob of angry, bitter people were still mad that Donald Trump got elected. Sure, there was a march for labor rights. As is customary for the Communists. They mocked "big bad" landlords. They even had these giant spider floats. Portland Police live-tweeted the event from start to finish. It went fine at first. Then people threw some rocks at cops. Then more rocks. Protesters threw Pepsi cans at the cops in a nod to the Kendall Jenner commercial. One of them hit a paramedic who worked for the city. Thankfully he wasn't injured. But soon after that, smoke bombs were popping off. Windows were broken. By 4:30 in the afternoon the cops revoked the official permit and declared the gathering a full blown riot. "You're full of shit! We are the people! You cannot cancel our rights," one Black Bloc Antifa shouted in a megaphone at the cops. The Far Left rioters set fires in the middle of streets. "STAY RELENTLESS AGAINST WHITE SUPREMACISTS" read one sign. Another: "STRONG COMMUNITIES BREED STRONG RESISTANCE." But that was at the start. When things went to hell, the spray painted messages read things like "KILL COPS" and "TEN THOUSAND NAZI SCALPS." A police cruiser was vandalized and damaged. It was chaos. But Rose City Antifa represent, am i right? 25 people were arrested. Antifa put out fundraiser calls for legal aid to their "comrades." Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler made a lukewarm statement condemning the riot. "In Portland we respect peaceful protest, but we do not and cannot support acts of violence and vandalism. That's not political speech. That's crime." (ABC) (BBC) (Daily Beast) (CNN) (Daily Caller) (Gateway Pundit) (KPTV) (NBC) (NPR) (NY Daily News) (RT) (The Guardian) (The Hollywood Reporter) (Washington Times) (Willamette Week)
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May 23rd 2017: This is when the Evergreen College mutiny by students became a riot. The college "snowflake culture" is mentioned throughout this piece because it represents a far left mob in its natural environment. The debate of "Free Speech vs. Hate Crime" is taken to a extreme. In a three-part series, former staff member Bret Weinstein explains the upheaval of the campus. Administrative faculty, the teaching staff, and the student body were essentially all put on the same level when it came to authority. It led to a mutiny on the part of the students.
According to Washington Examiner:
At Evergreen State that has actually meant: invading a professor's class to taunt him with charges of racism; occupying the library and the college president's office while the campus police, ordered to stand down, barricade themselves in their headquarters; delivering F-bombs, derision, and assorted demands—firing the police chief, confiscating the guns of the rest of the police, setting up mandatory race-oriented "cultural competency" training for the faculty, excusing the protesters from their end-of-term assignments, and providing free gumbo for a radical potluck [...] If a photo posted on Instagram is to be taken at face value, it has also meant wielding baseball bats and posing ominously on the balconies of student apartments.
That's the end result of something that started when George Bridges became Evergreen's president in Fall 2015. He clung on to diversity as an appeasement solution to ensure job security. But things got out of hand by November 2016 when Evergreen's Equity and Inclusion Council turned their focus to the school's hiring practices. Accusations of racism were levied against folks like Bret Weinstein for not towing the "woke" lines now demanded of him. This inner faculty turmoil culminated with this so-called "Day of Absence" tradition. Up until 2017, black students voluntarily left for the day to send a message about their importance to the student body. But in April 2017 this was now being "requested" of white students and staff to participate in.
On May 23rd 2017 a group of 50 students showed up to Bret's classroom. They were fueled by an email exchange had between himself and Rashida Love about the Day of Absence. They demanded he resign. The cops tried getting involved but the mob shored up their position in a nearby building. The next day the situation evolved into full blown protests against institutional racism. They demanded the removal of Evergreen Police Chief Stacy Brown.
There was a meeting between the protesters and Evergreen's President. He became their lapdog. You can read the statement by George Bridges here. Rioters barricaded the doors to make sure cops couldn't come in. The faculty had no choice but bend the knee to appease this mob. The police chief had to even tell Bret not to come to campus because students were hunting him. The anarchists took over and Evergreen's President ended up kicking Weinstein out. He said this happened because society let this toxic Anarchist mindset fester until it was too late. The "my truth is as good as your truth" mantra eroded the stability of everything.
The administration held negotiations with protesters and made them essentially bow down. "WHITE SILENCE IS VIOLENCE" they told them. The student rebellion was made known nationwide thanks to this viral video. They weren't happy to see the most cringeworthy moments caught on film and wanted it taken down.
It was one of their demands to George Bridges:
“We demand that the video created for Day of Absence and Day of Presence that was stolen by white supremacists and edited to expose and ridicule the students and staff be taken down by the administration by this Friday.”
One of many. The bootlicker agreed to investigate it. If diversity is a strength, how come only 350 freshmen enrolled to Evergreen the following year? (Breitbart) (Daily Caller) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (New York Times) (OregonLive) (Spiked) (The Blaze) (The College Fix) (The Olympian) (USA Today) (Washington Times) (WSJ) (Zero Hedge)
Things crossed into dangerous territory when people began making anonymous threats against Evergreen. The school had to close for days at a time because of it. One caller left a message saying he had a Magnum and was going “to execute as many people on the campus as I can get ahold of.”
June 15th 2017: A group called Patriot Prayer, led by Joey Gibson, faced off against Antifa at Evergreen college. The right-wingers showed up in defense of free speech (one lady wanted Evergreen defunded). A small army of riot police showed up beforehand in preparation for any fighting. They stood between both groups to make sure that didn't happen. Antifa weren't fans of cops. One crazy hippie played a flute in front of the cops line. There were about 150 people on the Far Left side. Beforehand they made signs and buttons emphasizing "community love." "HATE SPEECH IS NOT FREE SPEECH" read another. Anarchist flags were ready to go. Patriot Prayer showed up late. Antifa sprayed silly string at people, threw bananas. They went after folks and tried lighting fireworks. A Patriot Prayer supporter had to stop a man with a knife. "IF YOU THINK WE ARE RACIST, YOU HAVE BOUGHT A LIE" said a Patriot Prayer sign. A Pepe flag was waved. Joey Gibson was injured when he got hit with a can and pepper sprayed. The whole event was very loud to say the least. Joey Gibson and others had their tires slashed at day's end. Patriot Prayer tried asking Antifa for compensation. Two years later, it looks like the guy who had the knife is trying to sue Patriot Prayer. (Campus Reform) (New York Times) (The Guardian) (The Seattle Times)
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August 10th 2017: Einprozent employee Simon Kaupert has his car attacked by left-wing extremists. The windows were smashed and tires were slashed. They reportedly have done it before. Kaupert's research on Mediterranean NGOs made him a prime target for politically motivated damages. (Einprozent)
August 12 2017: Charlottesville. The most extreme right-wing vs. the most extreme left-wing. I would be remiss if I didn't lead off with the fact that Heather Heyer died. That's the most egregious and long-lasting impact of this event. However two police officers lost their lives too. Their sacrifice is often overlooked. Their names were Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates. They died because of Charlottesville. It's worthwhile for their sake to assess the situation they too had before them.
It was called "Unite The Right." A rally held on August 12th, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia. In the eyes of Antifa the event was going to be "hundreds of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Alt-Right trolls, and KKK members will reconverge at Emancipation Park in order to hold a protest to “Unite the Right” and in support of a statue of Confederate general, Robert E Lee, which is slated to be removed."
This was all over Confederate statues. Southerners see it as a reminder of their heritage. But anti-racism activists despised what it represented. It was thanks to Richard Spencer that Antifa got all fired up. He held rallies in May 2017. The KKK did the same thing that July. The provocation was successful.
Antifa showed up. Black Lives Matter did too. "We have replaced you," they chanted. It's only appropriate that someone held prayers given what was to happen over the next few hours. A collision course. Richard Spencer was there. People were walking around in militia gear. There was a huge amount of Antifa. The brawling began. The brawling continued. Police used tear gas and declared the event an unlawful assembly. Clashes happened even as people tried to leave. It seemed possible for things to calm down. But they didn't. James Fields of Ohio ran his car into a crowd of Charlottesville protesters. Heather Heyer included. She lost her life because of it.
Authorities tried saving her. But it was too late. Feel free to watch the car attack from as many angles as you want. It won't change what happened. Alongside Heather's death, 19 others were injured by the car. On top of 15 injuries elsewhere the rest of the day.
"I have a message to all the white supremacists and Nazis who came into Charlottesville today. Our message is plain and simple. Go home." Governor Terry McAuliffe said in a statement.
Half of this story is the public fallout afterward. The cops hauled off Richard Spencer. The Detroit Red Wings had to disavow Charlottesville because some people used the logo on their shields. They felt obliged. Far Right people went around chanting "BLOOD AND SOIL". David Duke was at event. Shouting "Hitler did nothing wrong" and beating up some black kid in a parking garage is just all around bad. Duh. But so is bear macing Baked Alaska. Luckily he wasn't shot with arrows. I'm pointing out the obvious to balance the fact I focus so heavily on the Far Left in this piece instead of Far Right.
The balancing act of keeping the peace is part of the difficulty with this whole conversation. People will probably get mad at me for doing it. On the day of Charlottesville, President Trump found himself in such a spot.
We're closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides. It's been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama, this has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America. What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives. No citizen should ever fear for their safety and security in our society. And no child should ever be afraid to go outside and play or be with their parents and have a good time. I just got off the phone with the governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, and we agree that the hate and the division must stop, and must stop right now.
It wasn't just Trump saying this. People who were there thought the same. From a piece by The Atlantic: "Cliff Erickson leaned against a fence and took in the scene. He said he thinks removing the statue amounts to erasing history and said the 'counterprotesters are crazier than the alt-right. Both sides are hoping for a confrontation.'"
"Where were you when the fucking car hit us?" someone shouted at the cops. The rally was declared an unlawful assembly before it even began. The police had been hands-off for most of the morning until then. After that, riot cops cleared out the park. That caused a lot of fighting that spread out across a larger radius. Which in turn led to the horrific car attack. "The Left started a lot of the fighting but the Right were definitely more prepared for it this time," said Ford Fischer. The National Guard showed up. A State of Emergency was declared. It was now on the radar of the Department of Homeland Security. The FBI got involved.
Tim Kaine obviously condemned it since he's the state's senator. Same goes for Rep. Don Beyer. GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel condemned it. Paul Ryan did. First Lady Melania Trump did. Vice President Mike Pence did, and President Trump did. I know it seems like I'm pointing out the obvious, but for some reason people have forgotten. They make it seem as if Donald Trump cheered on the violence in Charlottesville. But the truth is President Trump was tasked with keeping America together as best as possible that day, and that means everyone. People wanted him to just go after white supremacists and that's it. The John McCain route. They didn't want Trump to acknowledge Antifa in any shape or form. Various politicians were pissed at President Trump's particular remarks. Speaking of piss, people threw urine at Katie Couric's producers. Reporter Taylor Lorenz got punched in the face by Antifa because she was recording the immediate aftermath of the car attack. The Mayor of Charlottesville blamed Trump for what happened. Personally I think Dan Bongino said it best. "Once you've engaged in violence you've forfeited your right to engage in responsible political activism."
The death of Heather Heyer sparked other protests. In places like Boston, Pennsylvania, NYC, and Atlanta, Georgia. Especially that last place though. The Far Right accomplished the exact opposite of what they set out to do. People frowned upon the American South. The Far Left became further radicalized because of Heyer's death. Finally it fueled the agenda to get rid of the statues that everyone fought over in the first place.
Richard Spencer was super angry about how the day turned out. (ABC) (Associated Press) (BBC) (Business Insider) (BuzzFeed) (CBS) (CNN) (Daily Beast) (Daily Wire) (Fox News) (Gizmodo) (Hollywood Reporter) (HuffPost) (LA Times) (Mother Jones) (NBC) (New York Times) (NY Mag) (People) (Politico) (Raw Story) (RT) (Salon) (The Atlantic) (The Guardian) (The Hill) (The New Yorker) (The Root) (The Telegraph) (TIME) (TMZ) (TPM) (USA Today) (Variety) (VICE) (Vox) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Post) (WSJ)
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August 18th 2017: CNN releases an Antifa piece titled "Unmasking the leftist Antifa movement." It used to be "Unmasking the leftist Antifa movement: Activists seek peace through violence," but CNN took out that second half. The Root was much more straightforward. Their Antifa article is called "Yes, Anti-Fascists Are Violent ... and Necessary."
August 20th 2017: A "far-right" group named La Meute and Antifa duke it out in Quebec City, Canada. La Meute wanted to protest migration following a sudden increase of new arrivals. One of them participated in Charlottesville and La Meute kicked them out. But it definitely contributed to tensions, nonetheless. Antifa assaulted a journalist, Jean-Vincent Verveille of Global News. His camera was smashed to bits. Mike Armstrong was a witness and also assaulted. "On the masked figures that assaulted us today... It was a violent faction of anti-racists. La Meute hasn't even come out of the garage yet," he tweeted. Do you think Antifa came out to condemn the violence against journalists? No. They justified it and called for more. "Sometimes, it is necessary to go against what the mainstream considers “acceptable”, to break the law in order to do the ethical thing. Those who mask up to fight the racist far-right have decided, at great personal risk, that they will use any means necessary to shut down fascist organizing."
Over 200 Antifa and police fought each other as La Meute sat things out in a parking garage. In the end La Meute came out looking like the better group because of that. Police declared the Antifa demonstration illegal. At least one counter protester got arrested as the cops dealt with the crowd. Antifa threw bottles and other objects at the police. Counter protesters surrounded the building and boxed La Meute inside. Antifa lit a dumpster on fire, and shot off fireworks and smoke bombs. They were confrontational. One man was beaten (and then treated?) by them, targeted with bricks for carrying a flag. A few people got sprayed by Antifa ink. Trudeau didn't commit on the violence against journalists, but called La Meute racist. Let's go over this one more time just so it's clear. Antifa fought police while La Meute waited in a parking garage for four hours. After that, La Meute had a peaceful march with zero issues. (CBC) (CTV) (Global News) (II) (Globe and Mail) (Montreal Gazette) (RT) (The Star) (Toronto Sun) (Tva Nouvelles)
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August 27th 2017: The first clash in Berkeley since Charlottesville. The circumstances that led up to it are rather confusing. First we had Joey Gibson of Patriot Prayer cancelling his planned rally at Crissy Field Beach in San Francisco. He didn't feel like people were going to be safe. Over in Berkeley came the planned "No to Marxism in America" event. But organizer Amber Cummings too didn't think that'd end peacefully. So she cancelled. So any Trump supporters showing up in the area were coming to some kind of anti-hate event. Both sides showed up to fight over the issue of Marxism. Groups like the DSA were there. The Antifa Black Bloc too. Hard to miss that pitch black mass. It was the first significant reappearance of Antifa since then. Their numbers went into overdrive. It was a crowd of Far Left that surrounded a number of right-wingers who braved into the fray of showing up. At times, an entire crowd of protesters could surround one MAGA guy. "Why would they bother showing up?" you might ask. Simple. To differentiate themselves from the fringe extremists of Charlottesville. The concerns of White Supremacy was widespread now. The Antifa types knew about it beforehand. But post-Charlottesville it hit the "normies." It was also evident in a literal sense. Dump trucks were set up to prevent any potential car attack from happening again.
Antifa did work ahead of time, setting up highway displays to ward off incoming problematic people. The police were at MLK Park at the beginning of the event. They did their best to keep the peace, doing things like removing people with battle gear and stopping any fights that appeared. One Antifa whined about not getting any warning when the cops cuffed them. To be clear though, there were run-of-the-mill protesters there too. As in, not Antifa. People that participated for the stated purpose of "NO HATE" as advertised. At one point they all tried marching. "No Walls! No Registry! Stop White Supremacy," they chanted. Not as catchy as their usual "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA." The Far Left were certainly more emboldened. "Resist like it's 1933" displayed one sign. It's unfortunate things like that or creative political street art get lost in the chaos. The singing of political voices gets muffled. Sometimes with literal noise, in the case of Antifa whistling loud to nullify any hope for constructive conversations.
Then the arrests started getting more intense. Police assisted in pulling away injured people, like this photographer that Antifa presumably thought were MAGA. For some reason, three different professional cameramen all captured various stages of this attack. 1.) A single Far Leftie zeroes in on their prey. 2.) Multiple Far Leftists beat the man. 3.) Police carry the injured man away to safety.
But maybe they knew it was a photographer. "Don't take pictures," Antifa shouted at one point. Heck. Antifa didn't like any media people. "Take his camera, take his phone," they shouted at one journalist. They were also paranoid of folks possibly posing as reporters. In another noteworthy occasion, Berkeley police arrested a lady with a service animal. Yesania Mendez threw an apple at the cops and tried using her dog "as defense to evade arrest," reportedly.
But then the police were gone. One video shows Antifa forming a line with giant "NO HATE" shields, facing off against the cops. The Far Left like to break down all kinds of barriers. Especially the literal ones set up for protection during protests. Ask yourself. If they're "NO HATE" what about this Antifa guy pulverizing a victim that he thought was a "MAGA"? That happened. Attacking an individual is a step beyond the ceremonial burning of MAGA hats. It certainly ain't about discourse. Antifa celebrated their hostile takeover of the park. Chasing out people, including one transgender Trump supporter. Here's the Far Left mob that is Antifa, attacking a father and son, dragging them away. If that's not enough for you, here's Antifa assaulting a KTVU cameraperson. To top it all off we got a sky cam that captures the Far Left Antifa extremist swarm violently beating their prey. Antifa literally chased the police away from the park.
Berkeley police chief Andrew Greenwood defended how police handled the protest, saying they made a strategic decision to let the anarchists enter to avoid more violence.
13 people arrested. One of them was not Joey Gibson, despite what so-called journalist Jack Smith tweeted at the time. Gibson and others were assaulted by Antifa, and that led Joey to run towards the cops for safety. It's confirmed by police they cuffed him to help him escape. 4000 people attended according to the LA Times. A full timeline of the day's events is available at San Francisco Chronicle, Berkeleyside, and LA Times did a longer one about the events of that weekend. (Associated Press) (ABC) (Breitbart) (CBS) (Daily Mail) (Fox News) (LA Times) (NBC) (Newsweek) (NY Post) (The Blaze) (The Guardian) (The Hill) (TMZ) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Post)
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Bad optics, Antifa!
September 14th 2017: Ben Shapiro went to UC Berkeley to give a talk. Titled "Say No to Campus Thuggery." Antifa went to great lengths to prove Ben's point. "WE SAY NO TO YOUR WHITE SUPREMACIST BULLSHIT" barked one sign, regarding the Jewish political commentator. Angry students wrote messages in chalk to say Shapiro was not welcome. "YOUR 'FREE SPEECH' KILLS" said one. There was an army of police with pepper spray on hand. Even a bomb unit and SWAT. The school erected concrete barriers for the occasion. Metal detectors. Bank of America ATMs boarded themselves up in preparation for potential chaos. Same with some stores. People expected another riot. Public interest in attending was high. The lines to get into Ben's show were super long. The protesters were against a "fascist America." There was an obvious friction between attendees and naysayers. "Hey hey ho ho, white supremacists have got to go," they shouted. Three protesters were arrested even before Ben Shapiro began his show. One left-wing activist hijacked the police press conference to bash Shapiro.
"Free speech isn't free. It costs over $600,000 thanks to Antifa," Ben tweeted. At that price, it makes sense that Shapiro had helicopters flying above. There were at least 200 cops by one reporter's estimate. Yvette Felarca and BAMN were mentioned in the Milo section. They had a hand in organizing the protests against Shapiro, along with RefuseFascism.org and Sunsara Taylor. It was a total crowd of roughly 1000 people. Guess what? The talk went fine. “I have spent my entire career standing up to fascism,” Ben Shapiro told the crowd. “Antifa is fascist. I am not a fascist.” There were shouting matches outside. But it wasn't the end of the world. People were just on edge given the recent history of how chaotic protesting was in 2017. Nine people arrested. The full speech is in video and transcript form. (Al Jazeera) (CNN) (Daily Caller) (Daily Signal) (Fox News) (Los Angeles Times) (NBC) (RT) (The Hill) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Times)
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September 24th(ish) 2017: The failed "Free Speech Week" in Berkeley put on by Milo Yiannopoulos is largely forgotten about. But that makes it a perfect example of how the Far Left makes much ado about nothing. I name the day as the 24th because that's when Milo showed up to Sproul Plaza for 20 minutes to give a speech and left soon after. That was what the event boiled down to after a wave of drama scared speakers away.
A group of 35 to 50 people heard Milo speak. But there was a crowd of 700 to 800 people that showed up to whatever this was. Ann Coulter and Steve Bannon were supposed to appear. In Ann's case she seemed convinced the University was going to block the event, and therefore didn't bother following through on it. People on the schedule like: Charles Murray, Heather MacDonald, James Damore, and Michael Malice, were reportedly not even invited to begin with or turned the offer down. Gateway Pundit's Lucian Wintrich pulled out. Berkeley Patriot, the conservative campus group that was in charge of coordination, failed to get proper permits and other necessities required for the event. They ended up cancelling. “For the last few days, we’ve been concerned about threats the university had been making and the potential of violence,” Berkeley Patriot President Mike Wright told LA Times. A group of more than 200 professors and other university pupils tried organizing a boycott. “Words can be like rape — they can destroy you,” Professor Scheper-Hughes said to The New York Times. But Milo promised a show anyway. He laid a lot of the blame on the University's doorstep, but in response the school reassured the Washington Post they tried their best to accommodate. Berkeley's Mayor would've been a better scapegoat, honestly. He too tried getting the event cancelled.
"Try to be braver" an old school activist told Antifa. What? It's Going Down directing the Far Left mobs to harass right-wingers at restaurants ain't brave enough? Signal boosted by Christopher Mathias of HuffPost, as well!
I'm certain they didn't want to debate. "Punch a Nazi, stop yelling about it."
It cost the UC Police Department at least $800,000, and they ended up arresting eleven people even though no formal event happened anyway. "COPS OFF CAMPUS" read one protest banner. The protesters were an Antifa group known as Refuse Fascism. The now usual “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA" was heard. BAMN was there too. Milo/Trump supporters and Antifa shouted at each other. "These people don't give a damn about free speech. It's a cover for coming and legitimising and normalising fascism," said Refuse Fascism spokesperson Sunsara Taylor. “Immigrants’ rights are here to stay! Milo had to run away!" chanted the protesters after Milo left. With no boogeyman to yell at, the Far Left mob just wandered around town. By total coincidence, Millie Weaver of Info Wars had her car broken into.
A minority student spoke out against Antifa in a New York Times blurb:
I’m worried that groups like Antifa are going to come back and as a result, students who are just trying to get through the day will not only feel physically in danger, but will also feel a sense of frustration and anxiety and danger from the idea that “public funds” (a.k.a. the financial aid of innocent students) could be threatened as a result of the week’s activities.
The concern came up more than once. People were worried about property damages and wanted the charade to be over. It wasn't unfounded, seeing as Antifa leader Yvonne Felarca was arrested on charges of battery and resisting arrest at a Berkeley "empathy tent," during a follow-up event put on by Joey Gibson. At least two other men were arrested alongside her for carrying banned weapons and participating in a riot. “Let her go! Let her go!” devoted followers of Felarca chanted as police took her away. There were a few fights that day. The biggest thing I noticed was how much of a shadow Charlottesville still cast over everything. (Al Jazeera) (II) (Associated Press) (Berkeleyside) (Big League Politics) (Bloomberg) (Breitbart) (BuzzFeed) (Campus Reform) (CBS) (Daily Caller) (II) (III) (Fox News) (II) (III) (IV) (Gateway Pundit) (II) (III) (HuffPost) (KTVU) (Los Angeles Times) (II) (III) (Mother Jones) (NBC) (New York Times) (II) (III) (NPR) (NY Post) (QZ) (San Francisco Chronicle) (The Atlantic) (The Blaze) (The Hill) (II) (TIME) (Vanity Fair) (Washington Post) (WSJ)
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October 24th 2017: German Antifa attack a Generation Identity building in the city of Halle. Roughly 25 to 30 Antifa showed up to the house and pelted bricks at it. They even took a drill to the front door, and sprayed a foul smelling butyric acid inside. (Breitbart) (Einprozent)
November 30th 2017: FBI Director Christopher Wray told US lawmakers that they were investigating people influenced by "Antifa ideology." He said: "“We do have a very active domestic terrorism program, and while we're not investigating Antifa as Antifa — that's an ideology and we don't investigate ideologies — we are investigating a number of what we would call anarchist-extremist investigations where we have properly predicated subjects of people who are motivated to commit violent criminal activity on kind of an Antifa ideology.” It was after the fact of Charlottesville that we learned that law enforcement had eyes on Antifa since April 2016. Under the definition of being "anarchist extremists" hellbent on disrupting political rallies with violence. After Trump's election they were able to latch onto attacking his supporters for the long-term. So there was a Far Left there to officially blame. But along with that came the burden of motivation by the Far Right. “It was in that period [as the Trump campaign emerged] that we really became aware of them,” one law enforcement expert told POLITICO. “These antifa guys were showing up with weapons, shields and bike helmets and just beating the shit out of people. … They’re using Molotov cocktails, they’re starting fires, they’re throwing bombs and smashing windows.”
December 8th 2017: Spanish Antifa murder Barcelona native Víctor Laínez. Police arrested Rodrigo Lanza and say they assaulted him for his suspenders displaying the flag of Spain. Rodrigo had a record because he previously served five-years for leaving a Barcelona city guard quadriplegic. (Breitbart)
Here's what happened, translated from El Mundo:
According to the investigation, the two met last Friday in a bar of Heroism, a well-known drinking area of Zaragoza. Laínez wore her suspenders with the flag of Spain. Lanza, an attitude of not tolerating things like that and three friends by his side, a man and two women.First there were the cries of "faca" and "Franco" and then, when the victim tried to leave the bar, the aggression. Allegedly, Lanza struck Lainez in the head with a blunt object and, when the man fell to the ground, he was kicked by at least one other member of the group.Víctor Laínez entered the Zaragoza Clinical Hospital with very serious brain injuries from which he could not recover. He died yesterday after his family and friends could say goodbye to him.
January 20th 2018: I blame Claude Taylor for the attack on a 56-year-old man. This former associate of the Bill Clinton White House tweeted out the location for Mike Cernovich's A Night For Freedom event. "Please DO NOT share this address with anyone, even a friend, and do not post it on social media. We don't want people calling or emailing to harass the venue," the email says.
It was supposed to be a fun night. Something that recaptured the entertainment of Deploraball the year before. Instead of Washington DC though, A Night For Freedom happened at the FREQ Club in New York City. A saving grace of a place. Able to host at the last-minute after the first choice cancelled. Over 500 people attended. There were some lovely panels. Jared Holt, BuzzFeed, and HuffPost people were all in attendance. Apparently they like to torture themselves. Roughly 80 Antifa crashed the party and someone got hurt. People blamed Chelsea Manning after the fact, but upon looking into it that notion is baseless. The following day after the attack happened, Claude Taylor has the balls to deny responsibility. "Oh, puleeze. And what the hell is Antifa anyway?" Bullshit. An innocent man's blood is on your hands, Claude Taylor.
The assailant was Antifa member David Campbell, a 30-year-old from Brooklyn. David's assortment of charges: loitering, resisting arrest, assaulting a cop, possession of a weapon, and assault for strangling a guy. "I saw him hit the old man," a witness told NY Daily News. "One hit. He swung hard. He hit him hard. The old man's head hit the curb." The immediate aftermath of the attack was captured by Jonathan Levine. At the 3:40 mark you can see Antifa go crazy that Levine is filming. Two others suffered injuries. They tried jumping James O' Keefe as he was leaving. "These guys are f-----g terrorists," Cernovich said. It took nearly two years. But in October 2019 Campbell pleaded guilty and was given an 18 month prison sentence. (Breitbart) (BuzzFeed) (Gateway Pundit) (II) (Inquisitr) (International Business Times) (NY Daily News) (NY Post) (II)
February 2nd 2018: Jacob Rees-Mogg got sucked into a fight at University of West England as protesters showed up to ambush his speaking event. Student Witness Testimony: "There were about 300 people and the lecture theatre was full. It was the biggest political event at UWE ever. Suddenly 12 protesters wearing black balaclavas and masks burst in through an insecure back door. It was very intimidating for all of the students." Each side tried blaming the other. (Breitbart) (BBC) (Daily Mail) (Sky News) (The Guardian) (Independent)
March 3rd 2018: Roughly $100,000 in damage to shops on Locke Street in Hamilton, Ontario. Done by a group of Anarchists on a late night bender, as evidence points to a book fair meeting that happened earlier on. That's on top of photos and video evidence. Police report of the incident says there were no injuries but windows were shattered and vehicles were damaged by a group calling themselves "ungovernables." Anarchist Peter Hopperton was arrested for it the next month. (Global News) (CBC) (The Hamilton Spectator)
March 5th 2018: Sargon tried to have a talk with Yaron Brook at the King's College London. It didn't go over so good after Antifa ambushed the event. A video from Sargon covers the entire evening. They pulled a fire alarm and there was a brief scuffle in which Sargon ended up getting an Antifa flag as a trophy. Sargon's opponents accuse him of being an "alt-right mouthpiece" and boasted about shutting the event down. (Breitbart) (Daily Caller) (Reason) (Washington Examiner) (RT) (Daily Mail) (Telegraph)
March 5th 2018: Christina Sommers wanted to do an event at the Lewis and Clark Law School over in Portland, Oregon. The National Lawyer's Guild didn't like that idea. The local chapter put out a letter saying that her "free discourse" is a lie. That Sommers was somehow invalid because she supported MRAs and knew Milo Yiannopoulos. Christina Sommers was somehow fueling reactionaries by her simple critique of third-wave feminism. The National Lawyer's Guild led a protest at her event. Here's a YouTube video showing what this looked like. "Mic check. We choose. To protest. Male supremacy. Not give it. A platform. Christina Sommers. Has repeatedly. Delegitimized. The suffering of women. Worldwide. We believe. Our siblings. And our comrades. Women are not. Liars with victim mentalities. Rape culture is not a myth. Microaggressions are real. The gender wage gap is real." One girl had a "stay woke" jacket. The protest mob barraged Sommers with questions and screamed things like "WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?" at her. A so-called Diversity Dean present at the event forced Christina to cut her speech short. Andy Ngo documented the chaos of the evening. (Breitbart) (Campus Reform) (Daily Caller) (Gateway Pundit) (Hot Air) (National Review) (Reason) (Rebel Media) (Red State) (Twitchy) (Washington Examiner)
March 5th 2018: It was a big day for protests. Alongside Sargon and Sommers, Jordan Peterson did a talk at Queen's University that was heavily protested. It was called "The Rising Tide of Compelled Speech in Canada," and a group of 150 people worked hard to prove that point. This is compared to the roughly 900 attendees who gathered inside Grant Hall at Queen's University. Also, good marketing for Peterson's newly published book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. "Lock them in and burn it down" the protesters chanted. (Seriously. Here's proof of that.) A couple of people made their way into the lecture hall and jumped up on stage to interrupt the event.
One woman went around the side of the building hall where everyone was gathered, and broke a window. She fled the scene, resisted arrest, and police found a weapon in her backpack when they brought her in. "What terrible things are going through the mind of someone who brings a garrotte to a demonstration?" tweeted Dr. Peterson. The protest organizer, Claire Constance, told one media outlet it was racist to arrest the window attacker. “We must remember that Indigenous Peoples are unable to trust police given the police track record for anti-Indigenous violence," she said. Much of the vitriol and anger surrounding him in the first place came from his public opposition to Bill C-16, and the state-forced usage of gendered pronouns. (CTV News) (Daily Wire) (Globe and Mail) (Global News) (National Post) (Red State) (Toronto Sun) (Washington Examiner) (Whig Standard)
March 25th 2018: Antifa firebombs a Turkish mosque in Kassel, Germany. We know this because the group took credit for it and explained their motives. According to them, members of the far-right Great Unity Party of Turkey used that building. The big picture being this mosque arson happened because of the clash with the Turkish military in Northern Syria. (Breitbart) (hna.de)
June 3rd 2018: Both Patriot Prayer and Antifa planned rallies. The latter's was put together by a couple of groups: Direct Action Alliance and Empower Portland. Patriot Prayer's protest was titled “Tiny’s Freedom March." It was apparently a farewell event for group member Tiny, as he was soon returning home to Samoa. The opposition, titled "Call to Resist Patriot Prayer Bringing Nazis to Portland." People, and you reading, are used to seeing this by now. These events include the usual standoff: the Left and Right staring each other down, separated by the cops. "FUCK ANTIFA" one t-shirt declared. In what's supposed to be a demonstration of First Amendment rights, devolving into a war brawl where blood is spilled and blows exchanged. With Antifa burning the American flag. Joey Gibson was there. Some chick named Haley Adams was there. She ends up hosting a #HimToo rally later in the year.
"30 or so rightwingers and around 200 leftwingers exchanged blows, streams of pepper spray and insults," says The Guardian's Jason Wilson.
"Officers have observed multiple fights at today’s events. People are encouraged to leave the area for their safety due to the violent behavior of demonstrators at Terry Schrunk Plaza and Chapman and Lownsdale Squares," said Portland Police. They don't sound thrilled to have to deal with this crap again. Their job is to act like Shepards all day: separating a pack of innocent gazelles or sheep separate from the wolves. Which animal representing which group all depends on your political outlook. They bicker and argue. Freelance journalist Mikeford Biziths captured the spiraling rabbit hole of the day's spectacle. The difficulty Portland Police had when keeping both sides apart, pepper spray coming out, one fight, two fights, Antifa throwing things like rocks. Yes. Antifa threw rocks at the political opponents. If it sounds like "same old, same old" by now, you're not alone. At least one Proud Boy was tired of this too. How often can people get hit in the back of the head and pepper sprayed a dozen times? The cops made four arrests (two from each side) and confiscated the usual sort of fireworks and weaponry. One guy shouted "IM COMPLIANT" as the police hauled him off. All the day did was further fuel propaganda and tensions. (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (Hot Air) (IB Times) (NBC) (Newsweek) (KOIN) (Portland Mercury) (OregonLive) (The Blaze) (The Guardian) (The Hill) (Willamette Week)
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June 12th 2018: There was a by-election in Lewisham East, over in the UK. They held something called a "hustings," which to translate into American means a town hall sort of meeting. An angry mob of 150 Antifa, with the coordination of an organization called "Stand Up To Racism," disrupted the event. Interlopers barged in to disrupt a speech by UKIP's David Kurten, accusing him of being racist. “Last night’s episode when the Lewisham East by-election hustings were closed down by a far-left mob was a chilling event reminiscent of Hitler’s brownshirts who used violence and intimidation to shut down opposition parties and opponents,” he told Breitbart London. The Labour candidate Janet Daby didn't even bother to show up to debate because she believed that would tacitly legitimize the "Far Right." "83-year-old Doreen came down to ask a question at the #lewishameast #hustings but didn’t get a chance," reported a journalist. Witnesses say they feared how violent the protesters were willing to get. "They pushed an old man with a walking stick to the ground, and spat in a young girl’s face.” Which brings us to what motivated the Antifa protest in the first place: Ann Marie Waters. She was invited to the event being the For Britain party candidate, and the Far Left wanted to make sure Ann couldn't even get in the door. The protest worked. The police had to shut the hustings down because of the public disorder that was happening outside the building. "To get to the venue we had to literally fight our way through," said one witness. Protesters actively attempted to block people from filming them. (Breitbart) (Rebel Media) (Socialist Worker) (Westmonster)
June 19th 2018: Trump's Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen was targeted at a Mexican restaurant. She was the target of far left outrage as the press made her the "face" of family separation at the U.S./Mexico border. People petitioned for her to resign.The protester ambush was organized by the Washington DC Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and the DC branch of the Industrial Workers of the World union. One DSA member involved, Allison Hrabar, worked at the Justice Department as a paralegal specialist. “If kids don’t eat in peace, you don’t eat in peace,” the mob yelled at Nielsen. “We will not stand by and let Secretary Nielsen dine in peace, while she is directing her employees to tear little girls away from their mothers and crying boys away from their fathers at our border.” The Department of Homeland Security acknowledged the encounter via Twitter. Around the same time, Peter Fonda lashed out and said Kristjen Nielsen should be whipped naked in public. At least one outlet took an activist stance justifying what this mob did to Nielsen. (ABC) (BBC) (BPR) (Business Insider) (CBC) (CBS) (CNN) (Daily Beast) (Fox News) (NBC) (NPR) (New York Times) (NY Mag) (Raw Story) (RealClearPolitics) (Refinery29) (TIME) (TMZ) (USA Today) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Times)
June 22nd 2018: It didn't even take a physical mob of sorts to get former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders kicked out of the Red Hen restaurant. "Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so," Sanders tweeted. The waiter serving them confirmed that the owner asked Sanders and her family to leave. In a Washington Post interview, Red Hen co-owner Stephanie Wilkinson said she got a call at home from one of the chefs. Reportedly the staff were "concerned" about Sarah's presence. But the political motivations of this were clear. Wilkinson asked Sanders to leave because Sarah defended Trump's desire to ban transgender people from serving in the military. People unleashed their positive/negative reactions on the online review pages. Trump tweeted his displeasure. Sarah Sanders got Secret Service protection in the immediate aftermath. Stephanie Wilkinson had to step down from the Main Street Lexington group because of the controversy. (BBC)(CBS) (CNN) (Daily Beast) (Daily Mail) (Deadline) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (Gizmodo) (HuffPost) (Mediaite) (Mother Jones) (NBC) (Newsweek) (NPR) (NY Mag) (NY Post) (Raw Story) (Refinery29) (Reuters) (RT) (The Blaze) (The Guardian) (The Hill) (The Independent) (TMZ) (USA Today) (Washington Times)
June 23rd 2018: The infamous Maxine Waters speech that many people attribute as a motivator the far left aggression. She said the following in the middle of a rant about Trump's immigration policy. "Already you have members of your cabinet that have been booed out of restaurants, who have protesters taking up at their house, who say 'NO PEACE, NO SLEEP. NO PEACE, NO SLEEP.' And guess what? We're gonna win this battle [...] God is on our side."
Maxine encouraged people to continue this approach. "If you see ANYBODY from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you GET OUT and you CREATE A CROWD. AND YOU PUSH BACK ON THEM, AND YOU TELL THEM THEY'RE NOT WELCOME!"
June 25th 2018: It didn't take long for people to put Maxine's rhetoric into practice. Mitch McConnell and his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, were targeted one evening as they were leaving a business meeting in Georgetown. One of the ringleaders, Roberto, posted a video of the encounter on Twitter. Another angle was captured by a nearby journalist. A group of protesters blasted audio of immigrant children crying to make a point about the family separation debacle allegedly happening in Trump's immigration policy. "Why don’t you leave my husband alone?” Elaine says, defending her husband. “How do you sleep at night?” a member of the mob barked back. The two couldn't even reach their car without help from security guards pushing protesters away. “I’m not trying to disrespect you, but why is he separating families?” someone asked Chao. "He's not!" she shouted back. It came out that Roberto was an intern at United We Dream, which in itself is an initiative by the National Immigration Law Center, which in turn receives funding from the Open Society Foundations. (ABC) (BPR) (CBS) (CNN) (Daily Caller) (Daily Mail) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (Hot Air) (HuffPost) (IJR) (NBC) (NY Post)(Raw Story) (RT) (SPLINTER) (The Blaze) (The Cut) (The Hill) (The Independent) (The Week) (Town Hall) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Post) (Washington Times) (USA Today) (Zero Hedge)
June 28th 2018: Generation Identity UK leader Tom Dupré knocked down by punch from Antifa. A gang of Far Left kicked him while he laid there unconscious on the ground. His face was bloodied and he almost got ran over by a bus.
June 30th 2018: Antifa and Patriot Prayer/Proud Boys have a rematch in Portland, after clashing at the beginning of the month. “Freedom and Courage Rally" was the name of Patriot Prayer's event. "Defend PDX: Patriot Prayer's Violence Must End" said Rose City Antifa's Facebook event page.
But history calls it The Battle of Portland. The rally itself started at 4:00 PM. Things started getting crazy at some point by 6:00 pm, leading to a riot declaration by 6:05. The out-of-towners were back on buses by 7:30 PM.
Beyond the clash with Patriot Prayer, the general political issues shifted from protesting white supremacy and more towards Trump's immigration policies. Patriot Prayer had a permit to march. It was supposed to be a more formal, significant gathering. People came in from all over the country for this one. For one brief shining moment, Patriot Prayer got that marching they were looking for. There were speeches, prayers, songs.
It all went down at Terry Schrunk Plaza, with more than 100 members on each side of the skirmish. You can clearly see in the footage that Antifa threw the first flash grenade. Slate agrees with me. It's after that the two sides collide. Several have noted the case for self-defense on Patriot Prayer's part. Obviously the point still stands: both factions punched and kicked the shit out of each other. The riot police called it a dynamic situation. In a newer strategy, Antifa set up makeshift battleground barricades against Patriot Prayer. This was a war, after all. Complete with loud "BOOM" noises. Antifa considers Portland their territory.
"Police are now declaring this event a riot. People must leave the area immediately," Portland Police tweeted. For context, not complying with the fuzz at this point is a fast-track to getting arrested. The cops had to clarify they did not use tear gas, but something called "aerial distraction devices" instead. One poor bastard got hit straight in the face with riot munitions.
We didn't just have standard riot police. The Department of Homeland Security's people were involved with this one. Likely since Terry Schrunk Plaza is a federal park. DHS shot less-lethal rounds at Antifa. "They were throwing rocks, they were throwing bottles, you need to tell the truth," one older MAGA lady said. Eggs and garbage were thrown too. Garbage can lids too. A Patriot Prayer fella got maced.
“Today was good in terms that we showed that there’s a political move right now to have the police stand down in order to impact free speech in some of these big cities. Portland’s the last city on the West Coast that’s doing that, so we just have to keep hitting it — I don’t see what else to do other than that. We’ll make Portland so ugly in terms of how they allow these protesters to charge us when we have a permit. The police stood down, we were told they would not stand down, so we have to challenge it,” Joey Gibson told KOIN.
Four people were injured. One Patriot Prayer guy had "his face busted open." Four were also arrested, including Patriot Prayer's Tiny. But in this case the police clarify they were for larger investigations that started earlier than the events of that day. But of course the boys-in-blue seized weapons they came across during the riot. Patriot Prayer felt betrayed by the cops in light of their permit being revoked.
In Al Jazeera's and HuffPost's cases, they depict Patriot Prayer as aggressors even though Antifa vowed to fight them. "It is very important that antifascists keep up the pressure so that we can stop them once and for all," It's Going Down wrote. (Al Jazeera) (Big League Politics) (Breitbart) (CBS) (Daily Mail) (Daily Wire) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (HuffPost) (KATU) (Newsweek) (NPR) (NY Post) (OregonLive) (PJ Media) (Reuters) (RT) (Slate) (The Guardian) (The Hill)
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July 20th 2018: Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern tour Australia. They planned to bring the conversation about culture, identity, and immigration to their shores. The authorities didn't like that. There were visa troubles, but Lauren got past them. The leftist media hated that. Especially when she landed on their shores in a "IT'S OKAY TO BE WHITE" shirt. Her's and Stefan's schedule did a tour of: Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, and Auckland. Melbourne was on the 20th, and ended up being the only place where the duo confronted severe resistance from Far Left protesters. It was organized by a group called the Whistleblowers, Activists and Communities Alliance.
Police had to "kettle" roughly 200 protesters and Antifa since they decided to surround buses with ticket holders, and block the Hume Highway. The protesters threw stuff at the bus. There was friction between the Left and Right. Fighting broke out even before the show began. Some got in though. "AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE" "OI OI OI" Lauren's crowd chanted after a protester with a megaphone was escorted out of the room. "At least they listened to half my speech," she remarked. Two more got kicked out for yelling "REFUGEES ARE WELCOME." Lauren wondered if South African refugees would be considered. Someone named Nita Habibi rushed the stage screaming "I love Muslims!" and made for one heck of a finale that night. “I wanted to interrupt the thing. I think it’s really dangerous what’s happening. Hate speech should be interrupted," Habibi told The Australian. One protester was arrested. Victoria Police sent Lauren Southern a bill for $68,000. (ABC) (Daily Wire) (news.com.au) (The Daily Telegraph)
July 7th 2018: Mitch McConnell ambushed by a far left socialist mob as he's leaving a Kentucky restaurant. It happened two days in a row, apparently. They shouted: "Abolish ICE," "VOTE YOU OUT," called him "turtle head," and said "we know you where you live." That first phrase being obvious since an anti-ICE rally was going on a few miles away from where McConnell was dining. It was at a time the issue of family separation at the U.S./Mexico border was intense. Mitch McConnell stood by Trump's zero-tolerance policies and it attracted this ire. “Where are the babies? What are you doing to get the babies back?” one protester asked McConnell. "I see what they did here. They waited until Elaine wasn’t around," Mitch tweeted later, referring to a previous encounter. A fellow politician by the name of Jonathan Shell was with Mitch when this happened. He called the mob "extremists" and chalked the incident up to the agenda of Maxine Waters. (Associated Press) (Boston Globe) (BPR) (CNN) (Daily Caller) (Daily Mail) (HuffPost) (Mediaite) (Newsweek) (NY Post) (Salon) (Talking Points Memo) (The Epoch Times) (The Hill) (The Independent) (TIME) (TMZ) (USA Today) (Vice) (VOX) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Post) (Washington Times)
August 4th 2018: A big ol' showdown between Patriot Prayer and Antifa in Portland. A city that grew infamous for its allowance of radical far left activity. “We’re here to promote freedom and God. That’s it,” Joey Gibson told the media. “We remember Charlottesville!” chanted counter-protesters. Everyone was on edge given how close it was to the one-year anniversary of that. The Antifa side was arranged by a group called "Popular Mobilization." Who state on Facebook they "make no apologies for the use of force in keeping our communities safe from the scourge of right-wing violence." Some called the day a campaign event since Gibson was running for office at the time. It was controversial that Joey switched the event's location at the last minute, with some alleging it was to allow for concealed firearms. City officials warned everyone to leave their guns at home. Police didn't classify this as a full blown riot. Only a civil disturbance (with weapons confiscated), since the opposing groups didn't get into physical fighting. Portland police came under fire after the weekend because of their crowd control methods. They used flash grenades on Antifa to break them up (side note: this perfectly timed photo captures the moment a flash grenade activated). Police claimed to be acting in self-defense, responding to Antifa's initiated aggression. Click here to experience being beat up by police from a first-person perspective. In some cases things got bloody. An Antifa posted photos of his comrade being hit directly by a flash bang from the cops. A reporter for the Oregonian got hit in the head and medics had to address his wounds. An Antifa clubbed a guy over some flag. There's a whole story on OregonLive going over this. Guess what? Antifa beat up one of their own. A progressive. Speaking of flags, Antifa tore up a Nazi flag (but had a hard time trying to burn it). A couple of elderly Patriot Prayer supporters got jumped upon returning to a parking garage. Police arrested four people. A timeline of the day is available at OregonLive and Big League Politics. Antifa website It's Going Down has a page about the day, too. If you think my description of events is too biased against Antifa, you're more than welcome to read their perspective. (ABC) (Daily Beast) (Daily Mail) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (HuffPost) (LA Times) (NBC) (Newsweek) (NY Post) (PJ Media) (Raw Story) (RT) (Splinter News) (The Guardian) (The Telegraph) (Washington Post)
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August 5th 2018: It was an event called "No To Marxism" hosted in Berkeley, California. "NAZIS GO HOME" and "CHARLOTTESVILLE NEVER AGAIN" were things the Antifa counter-protesters shouted. Which was likely in louder measure since there were more Far Leftists than "Far Right scum" to find at this particular event. Some Antifa people put up masks even though that was against Berkeley's particular rules. Cops weren't afraid to arrest for that. Video footage shows the far left smashing windows on several cars (and lit one on fire). Antifa targeted the vehicles because they were city-owned. The windows of a Marine Recruitment Center were broken too. This was all captured on film by Ford Fischer. Antifa tried scaring Fischer off as the far left mob were lighting up a garbage dumpster. A whopping 20 people were arrested. The cops confiscated "weapons," or things that loosely classify as such. In return, the police reportedly deployed the standard concoction of flash bangs, rubber bullets, and a dash of smoke bombs. There was some media upset because Berkeley Police uploaded mugshots of people arrested. They alleged it'd fuel "doxing" campaigns. On the other hand, I'd argue police did it to show everyone they were doing their job that day. Fuller analysis available at Mercury News and Berkeleyside. (BPR) (CBS) (Daily Caller) (Fox News) (Free Beacon) (Gateway Pundit) (Hot Air) (IJR) (LA Times) (Newsweek) (PJ Media) (SF Gate) (The Guardian) (The Hill) (Washington Examiner)
August 6th 2018: An Antifa mob ambushed Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens during breakfast at a Philly restaurant. A crowd gathered and started screaming at them. Owens posted a video of the encounter on Twitter. Someone threw water on Charlie Kirk. We know this because Antifa tweeted out that moment. According to him, he and Candace decided to stand their ground to show the far left they wouldn't be intimidated. They were unaware that this mob would actually throw stuff at them. The police got involved to make sure no ruckus happened. Both Kirk and Owens blamed Maxine Waters for encouraging this kind of political violence. A guest on Fox News floated the notion that Kirk and Owens faked it. Newsweek ran with the theory without any evidence to back it up. We can call the incident "legit" given that It's Going Down has a blog post on it. (BPR) (Daily Wire) (Daily Caller) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (National Review) (Newsweek) (Philly Mag) (Philly Voice) (Red State) (The Hill) (The Root) (Washington Post) (Town Hall) (Twitchy)
August 8th 2018: There was a local council meeting at Portland City Hall. But Antifa wanted to make sure the topic of discussion was the police response to the rally that took place four days earlier. So they showed up to make a ruckus. "One demonstrator, who was masked and wearing a baseball helmet, smashed a security guard over the head repeatedly with a megaphone. The guard was seen afterward clutching a bag of ice, a bruise beginning to form on his cheek.City Hall security chief Dorothy Elmore said she was also struck by a protester, in the arm," reported OregonLive. If Antifa wanted to have their voices heard, they could've done it without getting their people arrested at City Hall. They were concerned about the whole "flash bang lodged in a motorcycle helmet" thing. When questioned, Portland Police Bureau Assistant Chief Ryan Lee said such a thing shouldn't be possible.
August 11th 2018: Back over in Canada, Toronto had some heat the same weekend. The World Coalition against Islam was going to have a rally, but cancelled. The counter protesters showed up to Nathan Phillips Square anyway. All they had to do was not beat up journalists. What did they do? Beat up a journalist. Their target? The Sun's photographer Stan Behal. A mob accused him of "harassment" for taking pictures. "These masked people shouted obscenities at me and chanted that I was a racist. One of them assaulted my colleague Stan Behal. And this was at an anti-hate rally!" wrote Behal's colleague, Sue-Ann Levy. (CBC) (Daily Caller) (Toronto Sun)
August 11th/12th 2018: Antifa returned to Charlottesville on the one-year anniversary of Heather Heyer's death. Media estimates pin the number at somewhere above 100. But general protesters somewhere beyond 500. Heyer's mother made a pilgrimage to the exact spot where her daughter died. A few of her words were fitting. “I think last year’s eruption — that infection gives us a little better understanding of how bad it is so that we can gradually, slowly and difficultly heal," she said. It was nowhere more evident than the Far Left.
The anti-cop messaging was in high gear. “Last year they came with torches. This year they come with badges," one sign read. “Cops and the Klan go hand in hand," they chanted. BPR has footage of Antifa attacking a cop. Why? Their anger likely comes from the investigation into 2017's Charlottesville rally. Blame was placed on the police's "passive" response just as much as it was on the Far Right. Or maybe someone was upset the cops confiscated their brass knuckles on the way in.
The police weren't going to take any chances. This clashed with the Black Lives Matter movement who helped organize the demonstrations. "White people, put your bodies on the line!" This time around police had security checkpoints. They separated wheat from the chaff. People left chalk messages in the street. Then came the UVA demonstrations at sunset. A small army of riot police showed up and people started going sour. “Why are you in riot gear? We don’t see no riot here,” the crowd chanted. The group moved around to a few different places, as to prevent being "caged" by the cops. But the bulk of it happened at UVA's Lambeth Field. When nighttime fell, things got crazy. The rally "officially" ended at around 8:30 PM after people left Lambeth Field. They did a march to the infamous General Lee statue. A hospital was briefly put on lockdown because of Antifa protests. "ALL COPS ARE BASTARDS" roared the Far Left mob. They demanded someone tear down statues.
"Last night police tried to stop someone from moving a traffic barrel in the street and were tackled by a few protesters," Emily Molli tweeted, with a close-up video of the police/Antifa clash.
What caught people's attention the most was when Antifa attacked NBC's Cal Perry. “Fu** you, snitch ass news bitch. Fu** you” screeched an Antifa before punching the camera. The Far Left's hatred of being photographed extends to reporters. Watch as Antifa aggressively violates a cameraman's personal space. CNN's Brian Stelter condemned it and asked Cal to describe his attackers. Mr. Perry said the protest was "almost exclusively Antifa at that point." Jake Tapper scorned them: "Totally unacceptable and not at all out of the norm for antifa."
More of the same Antifa behavior happened on the 12th. Early on everyone had a kumbaya moment in the park, and then there was the paying of respects for Heyer's death. That went fine. But then there was another standoff with police. One Far Left girl couldn't help herself and spat at someone. She was quickly arrested. But it got worse. "Protestors didn’t want to be filmed and cut my photographer’s audio cable cord," wrote ABC's DeJuan Hoggard, with picture proof. But the reporter also got proof it was the Far Left via video. Three officers were assaulted. Four people were arrested. (Associated Press) (II) (BPR) (Breitbart) (CBS) (CNN) (Daily Beast) (Daily Caller) (Daily Wire) (Gateway Pundit) (IJR) (MSNBC) (National Review) (Newsweek) (NPR) (Reuters) (The Blaze) (The Guardian) (The Hill) (Town Hall) (USA Today) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Post)
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August 12th 2018: On the one-year anniversary of Charlottesville, Jason Kessler decided to try again. But this time in Washington DC. If you look at the size of the #UniteTheRight2 march itself, it's almost too minuscule to even qualify. They had a small rally and that was it. Counter protesters surrounded them from all sides (see this cool time lapse for what that looked like). Gobs and gobs of Antifa showed up for what must be one of the Far Left's biggest turnouts of all time. Definitely over 1000 people. Anarchist soldiers of Black Bloc in force among them. Black Lives Matter and Refuse Fascism groups were both there. Antifa marched to the White House yelling about revolutions. One old man had a tuba that lighted up with "F$#K TRUMP" when he blew into it.
“No border, no wall, no USA at all” they chanted in the nation's capitol. DC police faced fireworks and smoke bombs from a literal mob of outrage. Antifa hurled things at them. One Antifa burnt a Confederate flag in the middle of the street. Two people with Trump 2020 shirts on had water/chemicals thrown on them and Antifa stalked them for awhile. They needed a police escort to get to safety. But even the cops were made Far Left targets. "FUCK YOU" they barked at them. WATCH: "Whoa. This @DCPoliceDept officer was nearly mobbed by a group of counterprotesters at #UniteTheRight2. People were throwing things at him, shoving him and kicking his motorcycle." From the Far Left crowd one could hear shouts of “anytime, anyplace, punch a Nazi In the face.” Antifa (and their sympathetic journalists) hated the fact DC cops were protecting the far-right Unite the Right group. Antifa threw rocks at the marchers and the cops. One guy was yelling at them. A helicopter loomed over head to watch over the day. One had two batons. Antifa got a healthy meal of pepper spray for dinner from the police. It was apparently a potluck dinner, as Antifa threw eggs at the Secret Service and journalists. Police arrested one Antifa for pepper spraying someone in the face and having a weapon on him. Another was arrested earlier on in the day for spitting on cops. One can easily guess which side he was on. Far Lefties got mad at Vox for reporting on Antifa violence. There was plenty of that going around though. Daily Caller for example has "Antifa Protestor Punches Man During Facebook Live At ‘Unite The Right’ Rally And Chant Anti-American Slogans." Breitbart caught Antifa getting angry at a USA Today reporter. "Get the fuck out of here," Antifa shouted at a photographer as they repeatedly pushed him away. The only platform the Far Left are willing to give is a guillotine. (ABC) (Al Jazeera) (Associated Press) (Breitbart) (II) (III) (IV) (V) (VI) (VII) (VIII) (IX) (BuzzFeed) (CBC) (CBS) (Fox News) (HuffPost) (NBC) (Newsweek) (New York Times) (Politico) (Reuters) (RT) (SPLINTER) (The Guardian) (The Hill) (The Independent) (USA Today) (VOX)
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Both of these events (Charlottesville and DC) had absolutely near-zero White Supremacists to speak of. The Far Left crowds spent two days fighting with the police. So why are the media, like CNN's Chris Cuomo, defending Antifa? "That’s why people who show up to fight against bigots are not to be judged the same as the bigots, even if they do resort to the same kinds of petty violence. The law will take care of that," he remarked.
Benny Johnson asked counter protesters what they'd do if Trump showed up to the event. At least two "Anti-Trump"ers threatened to assassinate the President of the United States. The Secret Service took things more seriously than Cuomo (D-Day reference, really?) and promised to investigate.
September 24th 2018: Ted Cruz and his lady got heat at an Italian restaurant in DC. They were forced to leave. The cause? This was when the protests against Brett Kavanaugh were happening. The far left targeted Cruz as an enemy, responsible for perpetuating the misogyny boogeyman in Washington. The protesters wanted to intimidate Cruz's vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation. The fact that Brett and Ted were old friends made this situation even more intense. "WE BELIEVE SURVIVORS. WE BELIEVE SURVIVORS," the mob chanted. It was reportedly orchestrated by Smash Racism DC, or at the very least they postured themselves and took credit for it. "No—you can’t eat in peace—your politics are an attack on all of us," the group tweeted. The Democratic Socialists of America were involved as well. Beto O'Rourke condemned the ambush. The restaurant put out a statement saying they welcome any political persuasion, just don't bother other guests. (ABC) (Boing Boing) (CBS) (CNN) (Daily Caller) (Daily Kos) (Daily Wire) (Fox News) (Free Beacon) (Gateway Pundit) (Huff Post) (Mashable) (NBC) (New York Times) (NY Mag) (The Federalist) (The Hill) (TIME) (TMZ) (USA Today) (Washington Post)
This is a message to Ted Cruz, Bret Kavanaugh, Donald Trump and the rest of the racist, sexist, transphobic, and homophobic right-wing scum: You are not safe. We will find you. We will expose you. We will take from you the peace you have taken from so many others. -- Smash Racism DC, September 24th 2018.
October 2nd 2018: Jordan Hunt of Toronto roundhouse-kicks pro-life woman (arrested four days later). Fired from job as a hairdresser, charged with: eight counts of assault and seven counts of mischief. (Daily Caller) (Global News) (Daily Mail) (Daily Wire) (CTV News) (Newsweek) (Toronto Sun) (Washington Post) (VICE)
October 8th 2018: Portland protest over officer-involved shooting of Patrick K. Kimmons. Antifa caused $3000 worth of damage after they surrounded one man's car as he was making a right-hand turn. (Hot Air) (Fox News) (WSJ) (YouTube Video)
October 12th 2018: Vandalism hits New York City's Metropolitan Republican Club. Far left Antifa smashed windows, spray painted Anarchist symbols on them, and broke locks. "Our attack is merely a beginning. We are not passive, we are not civil, and we will not apologize," they wrote in a message they left behind. Much of the motive according to the note was because of the Republican party in general. It was around this time the "concentration camp" rhetoric was heating up. This happened the day before a Gavin McInnes/Proud Boys event. (ABC) (Daily Caller) (Daily News) (Daily Wire) (Hot Air)
October 13th 2018: Gavin McInnes was scheduled to speak at the Metropolitan Republican Club on the Upper East Side. According to eyewitnesses present, approximately 60 protesters held signs and heckled the attendees. "KILL MORE NAZIS" they chanted. Tensions were already running high due to the vandalism and threatening note left at the property the previous day. Police attempted to keep the protesters separate from the Proud Boys at the conclusion of the event. Antifa followed the Proud Boys about a block from the Republican Club until they were away from the NYPD escorts, and one protester threw a bottle filled with urine and feces at the men. Four masked men were seen on security footage running towards the group of Proud Boys and a fight ensued after an object was thrown. The altercation lasted less than two minutes. (Note: source footage has been deleted in at least one case. The New York Times later uncovered footage which they say shows the Proud Boys started it.)
Despite no complaints filed in this case and no victims were ever identified, the state looked to charge nine Proud Boys. This came about as a combination of the media complaining about no arrests and the political might of Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio. Although a police officer testified in court that Antifa members circled the block to get around the police line and intercept the Proud Boys prompting the altercation, no cases have been pursued against any Antifa members. On the other hand we have a now deleted tweet from New York's Attorney General, in which the Proud Boys are mentioned by name and it's clear the authorities wanted them to hang. I'm willing to say 30 Proud Boys vs. 3 Antifa is bad. Plain and simple. Same goes for 60 Proud Boys vs. 6 Antifa, if that inflation of the initial numbers is even true. Same goes for the names called. Antifa had their masks. Proud Boys took a group photo. Poor hindsight making it so easy for identification. That on top of taking and posting video footage themselves are reasons why the Proud Boys got the harsher punishments here. The Antifa involved refused to talk to the cops whatsoever. Alongside that night, three other Antifa protesters were arrested for attacking a 30-year-old man as he left the rally. Caleb Perkins, Finbarr Slonim, and Kai Russo were all charged with harassment, larceny and misdemeanor assault.
But of course that part of the story fell by the media wayside.
Of the Proud Boys charged, five of those men took plea deals and were given community services and another who pleaded guilty received a sentence of 40 weekends in prison. The cases that received the most publicity was that of Maxwell Hare and John Kinsman. Maxwell Hare, 27, and John Kinsman, 39, were sentenced on charges of rioting, attempted assault, and attempted gang assault by State Supreme Court Judge Mark Dwyer, who sought to make an example of the boys, said that the hefty sentence was intended to discourage "extremists" from rallying in New York in the future. He went on to say; “I know enough about history to know what happened in Europe in the '30s when political street brawls were allowed to go ahead without any type of check from the criminal justice system.”
The judge received criticism after handing down such a heavy sentence after it was discovered the judge sentenced Baruch Lebovits, a pedophile who abused a teenage boy on eight occasions, to only serve two years in jail. (Big League Politics) (II) (BuzzFeed) (II) (III) (IV) (CBS) (II) (III) (IV) (Daily Beast) (II) (III) (IV) (Daily Caller) (Daily Kos) (Daily Mail) (HuffPost) (II) (III) (NBC) (Newsweek) (II) (NY Daily News) (II) (III) (NY Post) (II) (III) (NY Times) (II) (III) (Raw Story) (II) (Rolling Stone) (II) (RT) (Slate) (II) (The Hill) (II) (III) (The Mercury News) (VICE) (II) (VOX) (Washington Post)
October 13th 2018: It was a flash march set up last minute by Patriot Prayer. They were protesting Portland Mayor Tim Wheeler because he stood down and allowed the far left to run wild in the city. But somehow Antifa got wind of it and managed to mobilize a counterattack within a matter of hours. They cited the SPLC as a source in their flyers. The evening culminated in a brawl outside a Portland bar. Antifa used pepper spray on Patriot Prayer. A guy's head was stomped on at one point. Antifa tried lighting an American flag on fire. Police showed up in riot gear and fired non-lethal rounds to break it all up. A full timeline is available on OregonLive. (Coverage by Andy Ngo).(Daily Mail) (Daily Wire) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (Newsweek) (Raw Story) (RT) (The Hill) (Washington Post)
November 6th 2018: Actually relatively peaceful. For once. There were concerns about it being voting day for the elections. But Antifa protested against ICE without much incident whatsoever. Despite a situation involving a paint ball gun happening the day before.
November 7th 2018: Smash Racism DC showed up at Tucker Carlson's house in the middle of the night. There was reportedly 20 protesters. They rang the doorbell and tried getting inside. The purpose was to spread fear, beyond the usual vandalism like spray painting the Fox host's driveway. “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!” they chanted. In a sickening twist they doxed Carlson's home address by writing it down on a sign and taking a picture of that sitting at the front door. “Here’s the problem, I have four children. I never thought twice about leaving them home alone, but this is the reaction because this group doesn’t like my TV show," Carlson remarked. Smash Racism DC cited the SPLC to try and legitimize this act of psychological terror. It wasn't over politics. Smash Racism DC wanted Tucker Carlson to leave town. His wife hid in the pantry. Police investigated it as a potential hate crime. A given, because of the bomb threats that got tossed in by the far left mob. Tucker's brother was doxed. Ann Coulter, Neil Patel, and Sean Hannity too. #KnockKnockTucker was the hashtag."It wasn't a protest. It was a threat. They weren't protesting anything specific that I had said. They weren't asking me to change anything. They weren't protesting a policy or advocating for legislation. [...] They were threatening me and my family and telling me to leave my own neighborhood in the city that I grew up in," Carlson told the Washington Post.
Smash Racism DC put out a statement explaining why they did it.
Consider the history of group members like Mike Isaacson, when reading that.
The attack on Tucker Carlson was unanimously horrible. Everyone from Megyn Kelly/Fox News to Brian Stelter/CNN came together to realize how awful the attack on Tucker was. Stephen Colbert condemned it. Alyssa Milano said this was not ok. Vox's Matt Yglesias looked like a psychopath when he tried defending the protest mob's actions. Twitter took down Smash Racism DC's account. (Associated Press) (Breitbart) (CNN) (Daily Beast) (Daily Caller) (Daily Mail) (Deadline) (Fox News) (Free Beacon) (Gateway Pundit) (Hot Air) (Mediaite) (National Review) (NBC) (PJ Media) (Politico) (The Hill) (The Hollywood Reporter) (Town Hall) (USA Today) (Washington Examiner)
November 17th 2018: The #HimToo rally in Portland faced off against a counter-protest. It was organized by Haley Adams as a Men's rights awareness effort in light of the Brett Kavanaugh debacle. "A Movement of White Nationalists and Rape Apologists," is what Antifa called #HimToo. Police announced six arrests at the conclusion of the day. An overextended turnout from the Antifa side led to police blocking off these protesters from disrupting the event itself. The DSA and Women's Rights groups had their own response event reinforcing what they believe to be the #MeToo cause. Assaults happened, objects were thrown, things were burned. The best Antifa highlight was Hannah McClintock, caught on camera spitting and punching people. As per usual, Antifa got angry with the police themselves rather than the other side of the protests. One Antifa member flashed some ass. They had guillotines. Antifa targeted Andy Ngo with silly string. He says he was assaulted. Cops had to bring out the riot gear. On the plus side, the #HimToo rally had Tara LaRosa. (CBS) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (OregonLive) (Spectator) (USA Today)
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November 17th 2018: Two Hispanic Marines are attacked in Philadelphia by a mob of protesters who called them "Nazis" and "White Supremacists." A total of 10 to 12 Antifa beat up and robbed members of the US military. “I could have died that day,” one Marine later said in court. To add insult to injury, these oh-so-tolerant Far Left attackers used racial slurs. Antifa were in the area in the first place for the "We the People" rally. A description for the event shows it's purely a pro-Constitution meet-up. Daily Dot tried painting the event as "Far Right," which gives a reason as to why Antifa would show up. Claire Lampen threw in some scary SPLC talk, said groups like the Proud Boys were "probably" gonna be there, and painted a targets on the backs of US Marines. The two Marines attacked weren't even going to the rally, but a separate event at a hotel in the area. The Antifa assailants asked the two Marines if they were Proud Boys. They had no idea what a "Proud Boy" was. Great job for causing harm, Claire Lampen. It took a little over a week, but Antifa activist Tom Keenan turned himself in. The initial media coverage was limited but the police's request for information proved successful. Another guy, Thomas Massey, soon followed Keenan.
According to Washington Post, Massey was a part of the January 2017 Inauguration riots in DC.
“I think there should have been more violence yesterday,” said Massey, who was among those arrested. Asked if he participated in the violence, Massey replied, “There were some rocks thrown.” He said that he hopes next time, demonstrations will be “more successful. I’ll get to punch a Nazi. I didn’t get to do that yesterday. The police stopped me.”
A month later, The Daily Caller took a bold move by unmasking Antifa leader Joseph Alcoff. A member of Smash Racism DC, Alcoff participated in the Ted Cruz restaurant ambush and the night attack on Tucker Carlson's house. He had both an even-handed public "work" account, but also a side account where Alcoff espoused his Far Left extremist ideology. Alcoff's activism work went all the way back to Occupy Wall Street. Here he is with political mob boss Maxine Waters. The Daily Caller's gambit paid off. "Torres saw a photo of Alcoff in the Daily Caller story and contacted detectives in Philadelphia, claiming that he recognized Alcoff as another member of the group that attacked him." Two months after this all began, Joseph Alcoff was arrested and charged in relation to Antifa's attack. On charges of ethnics intimidation.
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December 1st 2018: Protest by Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity in Seattle against a pro-second amendment group. It was another traumatic day for Andy Ngo, who had the brass balls to go there and cover the event. Someone asked Ngo if he was "willing to die" for his work. A cop got in Andy's face and accused him of inciting conflict. Antifa people walking around with guns confronted Andy as well. Roughly 150 people showed up to counter the protest put on by the 3 percent group. Antifa didn't have any permit. But the police didn't mind, so they were free to openly target and ridicule Ngo all day. (Andy's thread is here.) (Daily Wire) (Gateway Pundit) (Hot Air) (Red State)
January 11th 2019: Far Left activist Charlie Landeros is shot by police after pulling a gun on them at a middle school, as authorities were trying to take him in. The full body cam video is available here. "SMASH THE PATRIARCHY AND CHILL" read Charlie's shirt. The one he died in. He tried to tell police they don't have jurisdiction in a middle school of all places. Charlie asserts the principal didn't ask him to leave the property. Police grab him and place him under arrest. Charlie Landeros resists and we clearly see him pull a firearm from his pants. He fired shots at officers, so opening fire in self-defense to neutralize Charlie wasn't out of the question. In a dose of irony, Charlie Landeros was a member of a group called "Community Armed Self Defense," which focused on using firearms.
Antifa groups came out against the cops and for Landeros, of course. "Charlie Landeros, beloved comrade and street medic, was murdered by Eugene police 2 days ago. They were a non-binary activist of color who did amazing work in their community and were gunned down in front of their children’s school," said @PopMobPDX in a now deleted tweet. The Civil Liberties Defense Center makes him out to be a martyr in their memoriam piece. Same for a place called the Neighborhood Anarchist Collective. It's later revealed that Charlie Landeros was in a custody battle with his ex-wife, which is why he was there in the first place. Officers were cleared for their use of deadly force. He was on the FBI's radar for posting extremist messages on social media. There was a brief spurt of protests in the days following Charlie's death. It seemed to taper off. But then at the month, by "coincidence" someone tried planting incendiary devices at Eugene Police headquarters. (Big League Politics) (Daily Mail) (Gateway Pundit) (KOIN) (PJ Media)
January 26th 2019: Antifa target a Canadian #YellowVest demonstrator. Tim Reid Gavin got one heck of a bloody black eye at a Hamilton protest. Yellow Vest Canada prided themselves on maintaining peace despite the assault. The perpetrator was arrested and charged with assault. The motive? The Canadian Yellow Vest group themselves get labeled "Far-Right" by the country's media for alleged racism, born out of their criticisms for Trudeau's Canada. But in particular at least one Antifa Twitter account decided to audit the Yellow Vest Facebook group. (CBC) (CTV) (The Post Millennial)
April 30th 2019: Anarchists take credit for flooding an office belonging to lawyer Sean Riddell, who legally represents the National ICE Council. He filed a tort claim against the city of Portland for the police's failure to stop the prior summer's protests outside an ICE building.
They sent a statement to Antifa website It's Going Down:
Last week we paid a visit to the offices of local attorney and ICE collaborator Sean J. Riddell. Sean Riddell currently provides legal representation to the National ICE Council, the union which represents ICE agents, in a lawsuit against the city of Portland in response to the Occupy ICE PDX encampment last summer. Sean’s new law office, located in Portland, was purchased partially with the money he’s made from the work he’s done for the National ICE Council. We decided to congratulate him on his new building by unraveling is garden hose, pushing it through his mail slot, and turning on the water. Our goal was to cause maximum economic damage, that should serve as a warning to all individuals and businesses that profit off the human misery perpetrated by ICE.
Media coverage in OregonLive's case includes photos of the damage, estimated in the "thousands of dollars" range. Riddell remarked the Anarchists were cowards to act anonymously. It happened at some point over that weekend and took a few days for press to report it. (Breitbart) (Gateway Pundit) (Hot Air) (Willamette Week) (The Blaze)
May 1st 2019: Portland had May Day protests at Caruthers Park, Holladay Park and Chapman Square. Antifa were there protesting ICE. Joey Gibson and Patriot Prayer were there to protest Antifa. It almost got ugly immediately, on account of someone stealing Gibson's hat. According to one speech, Antifa believe ICE is targeting them because of their skin color. Marchers descended on a nearby ICE office, shutting down streets along the way. This included roads nearby a hospital. Federal employees had to protect the building. The protesters didn't damage the property, save for setting up a giant caged baby display in front of DHS/ICE officers. “honk if nazis have small dicks" read one Antifa sign. There was a small protest march by a non-Patriot Prayer group elsewhere during the day. 60 people involved in a large bar fight at Cider Riot. It happened around 7:30 PM. A drink is thrown at the Patriot Prayer group, someone responds with pepper spray, and it all goes to hell. Andy Ngo was maced by Antifa and he captured it live on video. It spilled out into the street. If you wanted to watch an Antifa and Anti-Commie fight, here you go. In another clip, a "far-right protester" punches a guy with a guitar. The Proud Boys specified that they weren't involved with this whole altercation.
“Patriot Prayer and their affiliates showed up, and started pepper-spraying people on our property,” Cider Riot owner Abram Goldman-Armstrong told OregonLive. Andy Ngo made note that Rose City Antifa and Cider Riot planned this afterparty together. The article notes the fighting started after someone threw a drink "at the far-right protesters." Police showed up too late to being of any use. They weren't any use earlier in the day either. During the demonstration, Andy Ngo found an Antifa who punched him in the stomach. Police refused to arrest because it would "escalate" the situation. Antifa targeted Andy with silly string and taunts during their march. But even so, all in all, Portland Police touted the May Day protests as peaceful. A video captioned by Mike Bivins as "OMG A GIRL GOT KNOCKED OUT CLEAN" begs to differ. He didn't capture the punch, but an Antifa chick is clearly knocked unconscious. "she was clubbed in the head w a truncheon" according to Bivins. Andy Ngo attempted to make a police report. He says officers were too busy to help him. In a separate news release, Portland Police PR office said "NOBODY WANTED TO MAKE A POLICE REPORT" regarding the Cider Riot brawl. To the shock of Mr. Ngo. (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (KGW) (Newsweek) (OregonLive) (Portland Mercury) (Red State) (The Epoch Times)
June 3rd 2019: University of Washington College Republicans held one last meeting for the school year. Emerald City Antifa were outraged the meeting was going to have Operation Cold Front speaking at it. They put out a call to harass them on Facebook. One lone far leftist came through. One witness said he saw a guy in black approach the door but didn't think "ANTIFA ARE HERE" because there was no protest going on. He tried chaining the door shut but it didn't work as planned. He just made a lot of noise. “We heard the rattling from inside,” UWCR's President told local media. “We looked to see through the window and see that someone was messing with the door. And it’s very clearly a chain being attached. So personally I ran up to the door and opened it on him, the chain fell to the ground, and he ran off, which is good because I much prefer not to be chained in a room with 30 other people indefinitely.” No charges were filed. (BPR) (Daily Caller) (Daily Wire) (Gateway Pundit) (Red State) (Washington Examiner)
June 29th 2019: Andy Ngo was brutally beaten by Antifa in Portland while covering one of their battles against the Proud Boys. "Attacked by antifa. Bleeding. They stole my camera equipment. No police until after. waiting for ambulance . If you have evidence Of attack please help," he tweeted. The 30-second clip of Antifa beating Andy Ngo was captured by Jim Ryan, and has since been viewed over 12 million times. There's even an alternate version at a different angle. Immediately following the attack, Andy Ngo did a Periscope S.O.S message. His damaged face in full view as police are nowhere in sight. Thank god help arrived eventually.
READ: "A Leftist Mob Attacked Me in Portland" (WSJ)
Andy Ngo got covered in (crowdfunded) milkshake, on top of being punched and kicked. The milkshakes became a thing because of some Far Left political protests over in the UK. They were thrown at Tommy Robinson, Carl Benjamin, and Sargon of Akkad as they ran for office. Somehow this "trend" came over to America with a dangerous new twist. No longer limited to eggs and bottles, Antifa added milkshakes mixed with "quick-drying cement" into their arsenal. "Police have received information that some of the milkshakes thrown today during the demonstration contained quick-drying cement," tweeted Portland Police.
Just to clarify: Andy Ngo did not get hit with one of these cement milkshakes, this was a separate report.
"I'm here to protest the alt right -- the ones that say they aren’t fascists or Nazis, but have proved themselves otherwise. And I like throwing milkshakes at bigots,” Antifa protester Jessyca Jones told ABC. A group called Popular Mobilization made a step-by-step guide for a "Stonewall Shake." The Far Leftists (e.g. Antifa and DSA) were out in force. They targeted Ngo and any other independent journalist they were suspicious of. Here we have a video of an Antifa attack that ends up with a guy's face covered in blood. What else can you expect from the Black Bloc mob, marching with their faces covered in motorcycle helmets?
Proud Boys and others suited up for one hell of a fight. In self-defense. I can say that given the fact Robert Evans documented Antifa's side trying to find Proud Boys on a few occasions. "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH" read an Antifa sign. Police had to do the usual "keeping both sides apart" routine. But it obviously didn't work because there was fighting. Surprisingly, declaring it an unlawful assembly didn't instantly fix everything. Antifa also blocked traffic. Plus they had some loud dance truck that passed out more milkshakes. A total of eight people (including three cops) were treated for injuries. Three Far Lefties were arrested (watch one for yourself here). None of them immediately linked to the assault on Ngo. There were a few photos of his assailants. Andy was admitted to the hospital with a brain bleed. Ted Cruz (and others) wanted legal action taken against Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler for allowing this to happen. "To federal law enforcement: investigate & bring legal action against a Mayor who has, for political reasons, ordered his police officers to let citizens be attacked by domestic terrorists," Cruz announced. Ambassador Richard Grenell requested the Justice Department investigate. Mayor Ted Wheeler previously had a hands-off approach to Antifa's actions. In one case on the 29th, Portland Police reportedly failed to disarm an Antifa with a baseball bat.
There were some many "checkmarks" who downplayed the violence against Ngo. Twisting the situation in a way to try and argue Andy deserved it. CNN's Jake Tapper and Brian Stelter managed to avoid being awful people and stood on Andy's side. "Antifa regularly attacks journalists; it’s reprehensible" Tapper wrote. A solid play-by-play timeline of the day is available on OregonLive. (ABC) (Breitbart) (CBS) (Daily Beast) (Daily Caller) (Daily Mail) (Daily Wire) (Fox News) (Gateway Pundit) (HuffPost) (Human Events) (Mediaite) (NBC) (PJ Media) (Reason) (RT) (The Epoch Times) (Washington Examiner) (Washington Times)
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Portland Police put out an open call for any information leading to the arrest of Ngo's attackers. Antifa clearly targeted Andy in the days leading up to the event. "I am nervous about tomorrow’s Portland antifa rally. They’re promising “physical confrontation” & have singled me out to be assaulted," he tweeted. After the fact, Rose City Antifa claimed their attack on Andy Ngo as a "victory." Portland police Chief Danielle Outlawed floated the idea for an anti-mask law. A push to declare Antifa domestic terrorists began.
Keith Ellison deleted this pro-Antifa tweet after Ngo was attacked.
July 11th 2019: Trump hosted a social media summit at the White House to talk about their political bias. During the President's speech, the Andy Ngo situation came up and it led to Donald riffing on Antifa. Trump remarked that Andy obviously isn't the most physically buff person in the world. He pointed out that Antifa tend to pick those kinds of targets. "They don't go after Bikers for Trump. You ever notice that? They don't go after our construction workers who loves us, they don't go after the police." He went on to mock them as basement dwellers. (Gateway Pundit) (Politico) (Talking Points Memo) (The Blaze) (The Guardian) (Washington Times) (Western Journal)
July 13th 2019: 69-year-old Willem Van Spronsen showed up to Tacoma Northwest Detention Center in Washington. At 4 AM. He laid siege to the ICE facility, managing to light a car on fire. Thankfully he fell short of exploding a massive propane tank attacked to the building. “This could have resulted in the mass murder of staff and detainees housed at the facility,” an ICE agent told the New York Times. “These are the kinds of incidents that keep you up at night.”
Seattle Antifascist Action glorified Van Spronsen's violence:
He was armed with a rifle and flares, and got into a shoot-out with police. Willem Van Spronsen was a radical Antifa extremist. "i regret that i will miss the rest of the revolution. thank you for the honor of having me in your midst." Willem wanted to go out with a bang and sent letters in advance to his friends, saying goodbye. He also wrote a manifesto. "i am antifa, i stand with comrades around the world who act from the love of life in every permutation. comrades who understand that freedom means real freedom for all and a life worth living," he wrote. Willem Von Spronsen was also a member of the Pudget Sound John Brown Gun Club. Something propped up by CNN in a documentary. After Willem's death, the club was one of the groups memorializing him. The Antifa thing is firmly established by footage from Andy Ngo. He happened to film Von Spronsen at a Seattle protest.
Just hours earlier, Willem was protesting with other Antifa outside that detention center. Tensions were at a boiling point because the Trump administration was ready to start ICE raids across the country. It wasn't the only time Van Spronsen got into a fight with authorities. In June 2018, at that same facility, he assaulted a cop who was trying to arrest a 17-year-old protester during a rally. He had a baton and folding knife on him. "Laws are just constructs. They have no value in and of themselves. They often serve to legitimize injustice that people would otherwise take action to oppose," wrote Antifa site It's Going Down. (Associated Press) (Big League Politics) (Fox News) (Human Events) (KIRO) (New York Times) (The News Tribune) (The Seattle Times) (Washington Post) (Washington Times)
July 18th 2019: The push to get Antifa declared declared a domestic terrorist organization receives a formal bill proposal. Thanks to Senator Bill Cassidy from Louisiana and Senator Ted Cruz from Texas. Five days later Cruz publishes a detailed letter to the FBI and Department of Justice, urging them to open up an investigation into Antifa activities. He cites the recent examples of the Andy Ngo attack and Willem Van Spronsen's siege of an ICE facility. Cruz cites the RICO Act as relevant given Antifa's routine intimidation of their political opponents. Later on, Cruz brings up Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler's history of inaction when dealing with the Far Left, asserting it to also be an important matter. Indiana Congressman Jim Banks joined the call to action, requesting the FBI add Antifa to its list of extremist ideologies. "Antifa has redefined fascism to include anyone who disagrees with their opaque political agenda. What that agenda is exactly is imprecise by design—their central aim is to silence any and all moderate and conservative politics or ideologies."
July 27th 2019: Andy Ngo's lobbying paid off. President Trump took notice on Twitter about the Antifa matter. It was around the same time Antifa announced an escalation of their campaign against ICE. The promotional poster shows them killing ICE agents and setting buildings on fire.
"There have been ZERO Antifa-related murders to date," tweeted one guy in response to Trump. He was a week too early.
August 4th 2019: A shooting at a bar in Dayton, Ohio was carried out by a Far Left leaning individual named Connor Stephen Betts. It happened in the middle of the night. It was over within 30 seconds thanks to the quick work of Dayton cops. But unfortunately 9 people lost their lives. Authorities scrambled for answers. "We have found very specific violent ideologies that the shooter we know followed and was interested in," FBI officials announced. We know this to be the case thanks to Connor's prolific "@iamthespookster" Twitter account. Here's snapshots from the Twitter account that clearly prove it belonged to Betts. It revealed he followed the likes of Right Wing Watch's Jared Holt. Like any Antifa, "Spookster" was happy to call people Nazis as if he was in Germany during WWII. The clearest evidence that Connor Betts was radicalized a la Far Left style is the Willem van Spronsen attack on an ICE facility that took place a few weeks prior. "martyr or villain?" Mike Bivins asked Twitter. "Martyr" replied Betts. On top of that, Betts was in a "Pornogrind" metal band. A fellow group in that scene said "I DON'T KNOW IF I WOULD USE THE TERM LEFTIST TO DESIGNATE ONE OF THE DUDES IN MENSTRUAL MUNCHIES. ANTIFASCIST SURE. BUT NOT GREAT WITH WOMEN."
"ANTIFASCIST" aka Antifa. Someone who votes blue. DSA. Someone who is anti-cop. Hates the rich. Pro union. Buys into the debunked YouTube radicalization theory. Hates Trump. Lurking in an internet echo chamber. Swept by a news cycle pushing fear. Can't stop thinking about the Proud Boys. Someone who counter-protests rallies. Connor Betts showed up armed to a KKK rally. Like most Antifa he scoped out his target beforehand.
-- (11:59 AM - 31 Dec 2017) "Remember: always machine-gun fash"
-- (8:32 PM - 8 Aug 2018) "Kill every fascist" Betts told BuzzFeed about the August 2018 "Unite the Right" rally anniversary.
-- (11:18 PM - 27 Oct 2018) "Hey, if you're nazi-friendly or adjacent, fucking unfollow me cuz nazis deserve death and nothing else"
-- (2:35 PM - 17 Dec 2018) "This is America: Guns on every corner, guns in every house, no freedom but that to kill"
-- (11:18 PM - 17 Feb 2019) "Stock up, train, prepare, and practice."
-- (10:30 PM - 10 Mar 2019) "They're out for blood - our blood. We must prepare ourselves!"
-- (10:02 PM - 26 Mar 2019) "Hammer, brick, gun" he said in response to "3 Guilt Free Ways to Kill Fascists."
-- (6:56 PM - 16 Jun 2019) "I want socialism, and i'll not wait for the idiots to finally come round to understanding"
-- (2:55 PM - 4 Jul 2019) "Cut the fences down. Slice ICE tires. Throw bolt cutters over the fences."
-- (9:40 PM - 13 Jul 2019) "Hell fuckin yeah" he said in response to "so this isn't getting coverage, but there are reports from Tacoma that Willem successfully destroyed several large GEO group transport vehicles."
I'll stop short of saying Jared Holt inspired a killing spree. It's ironic though given that's his usual shtick when the shoe is on the other foot. No doubt several hours earlier, Holt was grasping at straws to pin blame for the El Paso shooting. Instead I think it's important to reflect on the dangerous "accelerationist" mindset in common between the two, and the New Zealand shooting earlier in the year. Blaming the shooting on mental illness is often denounced as a "cop out," yet in Connor's case there's enough indication to make that a probable cause. His former girlfriend Lyndsi Doll said Betts talked about hearing voices in his head. Then there's the fact the bastard actually killed his own sister. (Associated Press) (BuzzFeed) (CNN) (Newsweek) (NY Post) (The Post Millennial) (Washington Post)
With a trio of mass shootings unfolding in the United States within such a short time frame, one can sympathize with Portland. "Don’t come. We don’t want you here," urged their police chief. I don’t care what side you’re on."
August 14th 2019: Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler was trying to compensate for Ted Cruz calling him out in his public letter to the Department of Justice and the FBI. The one where he said Wheeler was incompetent in dealing with the Andy Ngo attack. In response, the Portland Mayor did a Fox News interview to let everyone know how super serious he was. That same day, Ted Wheeler held a big public conference ahead of an upcoming rally on the 17th. Problem with it was that it wasn't just the Portland Mayor speaking. He let a bunch of political ideologues come up to espouse rhetoric. Not one of them condemned Antifa by name. They all condemned the Far Right, of course. But they were afraid of mentioning Far Left. They only alluded to it. But in some cases, like Eric Ward of the Western States Center, he said "we won't keep Portland safe with false equivalencies" between the Far Right and Far Left. He was happy to mention: Portland Metro, Poway, New Zealand, and El Paso. Not a peep about Dayton, Ohio though. It went against his narrative. Andy Ngo and Willem Van Spronsen slipped his mind too. Kayse Jama, the Executive Director of Unite Oregon, did the same thing. He said "moral clarity" was the solution to society's problems. Rabbi Debra Kolodny spoke on half of Portland United Against Hate. But then she preached hate. Debra stated that rallies like the one happening on the 17th were interconnected with domestic terrorist attacks "committed by white men on communities of color." She blatantly defended Far Left extremism. "Antifa must not be scapegoated. We are in truth a city that's anti-fascist." She said the police needed to be less "oppressive" against Antifa.
August 17th 2019: Antifa ("Pop Mob, Rose City Antifa, and the NAACP") and Proud Boys clash in Portland again. The latter had set up an "End Domestic Terrorism" rally. But at this point does it even matter why? Sure. Proud Boys pulled off having a march. Both sides have done this for so long at this point it becomes routine. "Like a Horror Version of Groundhog Day" is an apt description. Portland Police were so accustomed to it by now they made flyers suggesting other places to go that day. But they were still worried about things getting worse, of course. The cops planned extensively in advance. Joe Biggs organized a demonstration of Proud Boys and right-wingers. Joey Gibson was there too. “We will not allow Portland to be a playground for far-right violence,” a Rose City Antifa spokesman told OregonLive. “We will not shy away from defending the city or ourselves.”