Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, recently and falsely described the violence from the far-left terrorist group Antifa as “a myth” in a contentious exchange outside Capitol Hill, as reported by The Daily Caller.
While walking outside the Capitol, Nadler was approached by YouTuber Austen “Fleccas” Fletcher, who specializes in interviews in the informal style of “man-on-the-street” videos. When Fletcher asked Nadler if he would “disavow the violence from Antifa that’s happening in Portland now,” Nadler responded with “that’s, that’s, that’s a myth that’s being spread only in Washington, D.C.”
Nadler’s comments are objectively false, as Antifa has been rioting nonstop for almost 60 days in the notoriously liberal city of Portland. Rioters have been targeting a federal courthouse that has since come under the protection of federal agents. Rioters frequently throw objects, including glass bottles and fireworks, at the agents, and have also been recorded shining lasers into their eyes to try to blind them.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D-Ore.) appeared at a riot to express his support for the rioters and to denounce the federal agents, but was eventually mobbed by the rioters after they determined he was not far-left enough, and he was chased back into a secure building by his security detail.
Although much of the nationwide violence caused by Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and other terror groups has slowed down in comparison to its peak over a month ago, violence is still ongoing in a handful of cities such as Portland, New York, and Chicago.