A Bloomington man angrily confronted a group of demonstrators who were blocking a street near the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market Saturday morning, after they banged on his SUV and made his two young boys cry.
The agitators were heading for the farmers market to protest of the presence of Schooner Creek Farm, a vendor that has been accused of having ties to white nationalism.
The Indiana Daily Student reported that Brad Clapper, 41, “drove his SUV through a group of protesters as they marched down Sixth Street waving signs against white nationalism.”
Clapper disputed that characterization of what unfolded. “I didn’t drive through anyone,” he told American Greatness. “I drove as far as I could. They didn’t move. I parked the car and honked.”
Antifa demonstrators, clad in black and covering their faces with bandana-masks, were caught on video surrounding the man’s car after he honked his horn.
Some of them had “smacked” his car, he explained, making his two sons, ages 6 and 8, cry.
Enraged, Clapper decided to get out of his SUV to confront the 40 or so masked agitators terrorizing his boys. “I got little kids, and you’re scaring them to death,” Clapper told the protesters surrounding his car, according to a reporter on the scene.
“Get out of the f-cking street!” he’s heard yelling in the video.
Clapper pulled at the bandana covering the face of one of the agitators, and barked “take the mask off!”
“You’ve got kids in the car!” one of the activists hollered.
“Yeah, so get the f-ck off the street!” Clapper fired back. Pointing his finger in one of the masked protester’s face, he repeated, “get on the f-cking sidewalk!” He added, “f-cking morons!”
As the agitators retreated, one of them whined, “You’ve accomplished nothing but looking like an a–hole to your kids!”
Another one simpered, “nice f-cking shorts, loser!”
The single father later told the Indiana Daily Student that he had heard about the farmers market controversy but that his actions “weren’t about politics.”
He later told American Greatness that he did it “to stand up for the next potential car with small children.”
Abby Ang, an activist with “No Space for Hate” told the student paper that Clapper’s SUV “seemed to appear out of nowhere.”
Ang told the paper she suspected “traffic could be a problem,” since the protesters were marching in the middle of the street.
Clapper said he was only going 5 to 10 mph as he drove toward the group, but Ang told the IDS that it seemed faster than that.
“I did not see his car until he was right there,” Ang said. “It’s something that can happen very quickly.”
The “No Space for Hate” Facebook page said, “a white man in an SUV with children drove very fast into the side of our group, clipping a marcher with his mirror.”
But Clapper disputed that account. He said the agitators pushed the mirror in when they surrounded his car and banged on his hood.
Here's the second part of this exchange, where things get more physical. All the footage we have of this situation is shown. The video is broken up because Hannah had to run down the street to get a better view of what was happening. pic.twitter.com/udhkYec2hF
— Lydia Gerike (@LydiaGerike) August 25, 2019
“Streets are for cars,” Clapper told American Greatness. “Sidewalks are for pedestrians. Pretty simple.”