The day before his arrest, Charter was on Twitter complaining that he was receiving death threats and saying he would protect his “castle” to “the fullest extent of the law.”
I didn't think y'all would be dumb enough to threaten to kill me and my family but there y'all are acting like you can make threats to scare me. I'll protect my castle to the fullest extent the law will allow me to so come after me and continue with you empty threats you cowards.
He was arrested “without incident,” law enforcement sources told Fox.
Charter’s Twitter profile says that he is a “political activist/organizer, and includes the hashtags #IAmAntifa#SmashRacism.
The antifa militant was allegedly in a leadership role on the night of June 22 when a mob of activists tried to pull down the statue in Lafayette Square near the White House.
Several other individuals, including Graham Lloyd, 37, were also arrested in connection with the incident.
The Maine man “is among four suspects facing a federal charge of destruction of government property causing damage over $1,000,” Bangor Daily News reported.
“They were very organized,” a federal law enforcement official said. “Charter was on top of the statue and directing people … they had acid, chisels, straps and a human chain preventing police from getting to the statue.”
The complaint cites a tweet from Charter that says, “Tearing down statues of traitors to the nation is a service to this nation not a crime.”
“At the Jackson Statue incident, Charter is additionally seen wearing a red set of ski goggles and a yellow ventilator mask. Charter’s face is clearly visible at different times during each incident,” the complaint alleges.
The FBI’s criminal complaint against Charter also accuses him of being involved in the destruction of the Albert Pike Historical Statue in Washington earlier this month.
Citing local news video, the FBI alleges that Charter is seen “standing over the toppled Pike Statue, pouring an unknown liquid onto the statue.”
The complaint said: “He is then observed waving others away from the statue, and squatting down behind the statue where his hands are not visible. Seconds later, the statue catches fire. Charter is seen standing over the flames as it burns.”
Additionally, Charter participated in “a June 26 protest at Lincoln Park in Washington – where demonstrators called for the removal of a statue of Abraham Lincoln,” according to the complaint.
During that incident, Charter was caught on video assaulting OANN journalist Jack Posobiec, who later filed an assault report with the police.
Assault, battery & attempted robberty commited by antifa/blm on @OANN's reporter @JackPosobiec in DC earlier this evening.
Charter was expected to make an appearance in U.S. District Court in Washington on Thursday, according to Fox News.
“This is a pretty big story, given all the media attention paid to the attempted destruction of these statues and many others across the country,” said Fox’s Doug McKelway. “The proximity to the White House … the first court appearance …”
Doug McKelway turned toward his left and right to sarcastically showcase “the huge throng of media” that were present to report on the story. Of course, no other media outlet besides Fox had showed up to cover the antifa terrorist’s first court appearance because Democrats and their allies in the media want you to believe that antifa violence is a made-up, imaginary problem.
‘This is a pretty big story, given all the media attention paid to the attempted destruction of these statues…” Fox’s Doug McKelway shows a real-life example of MSM media ’news judgment'… pic.twitter.com/jS9UhWdW3Q
Last week, President Trump signed an executive order directing the Justice Department to prioritize prosecution of activists who damage federal monuments and limit federal funding for local governments that do not adequately protect those monuments.
Department of Justice officials, according to a source with knowledge, have been frustrated that all the statue preservation efforts have been left to the DOJ with zero cooperation from feckless blue mayors in blue states. “The time to save the statue is NOT IN THE COURTROOM but at the time of its toppling,” the person said.
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Parts of Portland Oregon look like a “war zone” after a mob of about 200 antifa militants went on a destructive rampage late Thursday night into early Friday morning.
While the police stood by and watched, according to Portland-based journalist Andy Ngo, the antifa rioters tried to set up an “autonomous zone” outside the Portland Police North Precinct using barricades and stolen property.
“They’re occupying the space & trying to recreate another autonomous zone like the one they did outside Ted Wheeler’s condo,” he reported on Twitter. “A separate mob is demonstrating downtown.”
Antifa & BLM rioters have amassed outside the @PortlandPolice North Precinct. They’re vandalizing the property. Here, they spray paint the security camera to cheers and applause from the mob. Police are observing but not responding. pic.twitter.com/JML6wbrWxa
Throughout the early morning hours, the agitators started fires, smashed windows, looted and vandalized buildings. Militants also broke into a bank and also set fire to the Portland Police Bureau’s North Precinct, according to Oregon Live.
After the antifa militants fired mortars and paintballs at officers, resulting in multiple injuries, Portland police finally administered CS gas to disperse them, KATU News reporter Dan McCarthy reported. Only four people were arrested.
The radicals were allowed to do an extensive amount of property damage before they were shut down.
Ngo shared some of the appalling images of the riot on Twitter.
Antifa rioters in north Portland are throwing things into their street fire to make it grow bigger. @PortlandPolice stand back and watch from a distance. Rioters have a huge banner that reads, “Every city, every town, burn the precinct to the ground.” pic.twitter.com/khHrL0gfBj
North Portland looks like a war zone right now. Antifa militants tried to establish an autonomous zone outside the @PortlandPolice North Precinct. They then started fires in the street. pic.twitter.com/dDar43Lvl7
.@PortlandPolice finally dispersed antifa rioters after a long night and early morning of violence & arson attacks in north Portland. It started with an autonomous zone occupation at the north precinct before devolving into street fires & looting. pic.twitter.com/PTk1tPotjL
Businesses in Portland have been massively damaged by violent riots in recent weeks.
Earlier this week, the Portland Business Alliance released a statement claiming that “the downtown area has lost more than $23 million – $4 million from physical damages, and $18 million in lost revenue.”
As Ngo noted on Twitter, it is antifa’s “stated strategy” to harm the economy through violent riots (or “protests” as the corporate media calls them).
Someone sprayed on the broken-into bank: “Protests are effective when they are expensive.”
That has been the stated strategy of antifa in Portland. They’ve maintained 28+ days of violent protests that has drained the city of millions in cleanup and police overtime. pic.twitter.com/9k35Av2OXw
A Portland antifa Twitter account taunted Portland PD after it announced on Twitter that a few futile arrests had been made.
and we have more coffers in the bail funds. And all sorts of resources. How does it feel to waste your time every night? Its only going to keep going. You are only radicalizing more people. You are self defeating
“This is true,” Ngo responded in a tweet. “Portland antifa have crowdfunded hundreds of thousands to bail out violent rioters & their co-conspirators using @gofundme & other sites. DA not pursuing charges of most. They’ve mastered propaganda & have a cohort of media puppets willing to amplify their lies.”
After the sun came up Friday morning, Ngo surveyed the damage done to the area.
Overnight, antifa rioters attacked the @PortlandPolice North Precinct, then started large fires in the street. They said they were doing it for the BLM cause. Others looted in the area. It took many hours before police managed to disperse the violent mob of a couple hundred. pic.twitter.com/yTpBUmxuDH
The Portland PD released a statement describing the night’s events, saying said in part:
At approximately 1:21 a.m., officers began dispersing the crowd in an effort to move them from the immediate area. While performing this lawful action, demonstrators fought with officers. Furthermore, demonstrators shot officers with paintball rounds, causing officers not to be able to see out of their face shields. Around 1:40 a.m., a mortar was launched on to the roof of North Precinct. During this time, crowd control munitions were deployed.
By 2:14 a.m., demonstrators had set the north side of North Precinct on fire. To protect the life and safety of police personnel and community members inside the precinct, CS gas was used to disperse the crowd. Several demonstrators picked up the canisters of CS gas and threw it at the police.
Around 2:56 a.m., demonstrators began looting and setting fire to businesses in the area. Several business windows were broken and fires were set to property. By 3:30 a.m., a majority of the crowd had dispersed.
For the antifa militants, it was yet another successful and productive night in Portland.
You know since you caved on gas we win. but tbf we always win
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A former federal prosecutor said Tuesday that he believes that the reason congressional Democrats are working so hard to smear Attorney General William Barr is to “preempt” what will soon be coming down in two Department of Justice investigations.
Jim Trusty, formerly the Chief of the Organized Crime Section at the DOJ, now a partner at Ifrah Law, said Dems are doing “damage control” because U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the FBI’s Russia probe, and a DOJ investigation into antifa’s financing are about to result in some “bombshell” indictments.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler recently vowed to subpoena Attorney General Bill Barr to compel him to testify before his panel on the firing of U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman.
Rep. Jim Jordan scorched Nadler in a letter Tuesday, accusing him of taking an “odd and decidedly partisan posture” toward the attorney general since his confirmation.
“The Attorney General had previously agreed to appear voluntarily in March, before you cancelled the hearing due to the coronavirus pandemic,” Jordan wrote. “Attorney General Barr remains willing to testify voluntarily once the pandemic concludes. Accordingly, there is no legitimate basis for you to compel his testimony at this time.”
Trusty told Fox News’ Jon Scott that Barr is not likely to be worried about being cross-examined by Nadler or any other Democrats on the panel on the firing of Berman. The lawyer argued that the president has every right to fire U.S. attorneys, pointing out that former President Bill Clinton fired 93 U.S. attorneys when he came into office.
“They’re trying to make it into this incredibly important inquisition about the misdeeds of Mr. Barr, and I gotta tell ya, I don’t think for a minute that Bill Barr is shaking in his boots or worrying about whether he has to appear by way of subpoena or just by volunteering,” he said. “The president can move people around and the president can put new U.S. attorneys into office at his pleasure.”
Trusty explained that the reason Democrats are trying to dirty up Barr and Durham is because indictments are coming in the Durham probe “that will be significant.” He likened the Dems’ posture to a “preemptive strike” designed to discredit Durham and Barr among Americans.
Barr told Fox News’ Bret Baier earlier this month that “focused investigations” were already underway that “relate to Antifa.”
“It’s a very loosely organized group, and they have an unusual system of communication and organization,” Barr said. “There are people who can be characterized as leaders in any given situation.”
The DOJ has made finding out who is behind the recent unrest a top priority.
“There appear to be sources of funding, and we are looking into the sources of funding,” Barr said. “And, you know, there is clearly some high degree of organization involved at some of these events and and coordinated tactics that we’re seeing. And we’re looking into that as well. And some of it relates to Antifa. Some of it relates to groups that act very much like Antifa. As I said, there’s a witches’ brew of extremist groups that are trying to exploit this situation on all sides.”
Trusty said “I think there’s a real good chance this Justice Department ends up identifying and indicting antifa financiers, or people associated with antifa,” adding that it could be “a bit of a bombshell.”
The attorney predicted that Democrats “will go after Barr every day” until the indictments come down.
Former federal prosecutor Jim Trusty explains why Dems are so anxious to demonize Barr. 1. Durham investigation indictments coming. 2. Antifa financing indictments are coming too. pic.twitter.com/AyEIcVgxih
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Independent journalist Andy Ngo is suing a Portland-based antifa cell and several specific individuals nearly a year after he was brutally assaulted by a mob of black clad, masked agitators.
Ngo is seeking $900,000 in damages “for assault, battery, emotional distress and racketeering by those who acted to ‘suppress Ngo’s journalism through intimidation and violence,’ and for “ongoing neurological and health issues,” the Portland Tribune reported. A PDF of the lawsuit is here.
With the support of @Liberty_Ctr, I’m suing Portland Antifa & individual associates involved in beating & robbing me. Antifa can no longer use the cloak of anonymity to intimidate & assault with impunity. You can find the lawsuit & support it at this link: https://t.co/j7jaIkxy8fpic.twitter.com/YpHIj8WncL
The complaint cites two other assaults on Ngo, one during a May 1 protest near an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Southwest Portland, and another that took place inside a local gym on May 7, 2019.
Ngo would later tell Fox News host Tucker Carlson that the assault happened just “a stone’s throw away from Portland’s most important institutions of the rule of law—the court houses, the central police precinct.”
He was initially treated at a hospital emergency room and later admitted into the hospital to treat a serious head injury.
Update to @MrAndyNgo supporters — he is being admitted to the hospital overnight as a result of a brain bleed. You sick “journalists” and other hacks gloating about this should be ashamed. As for the rest, please pray for @MrAndyNgo who we need back in health — brave man!🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼❤️ https://t.co/XYVy4EbIzv
The Portland Police Department failed to arrest the any of the agitators caught on video assaulting Ngo during the demonstration, so he decided to take matters into his own hands.
“Antifa is an openly extremist movement with the training and intent of destabilizing this country and overthrowing our constitution,” Ngo said during a live-streamed press conference. “The protection of foolish politicians and the media have emboldened this movement to carry out unprecedented terrorist attacks.”
Listed as defendants in the lawsuit are Rose City Antifa, an “unincorporated association,” Corbyn Belyea, alleged Rose City Anitfa member Benjamin Bolen, local activist John Hacker, Madison Lee Allen and Joseph Christian Evans, who the lawsuit says lives under the Burnside Bridge, as well as 50 unnamed parties.
The lawsuit was filed by James L. Buchal — the chair of the Multnomah County Republicans, who is additionally defending Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson against criminal charges — Harmeet K. Dhillon, and the Center for American Liberty.
While not directly listed as defendants, Dhillon said she plans to pursue discovery and hold liable other associates listed into the 17-page suit, including alleged antifa leader Luis Marquez and Pop Mob, a local Portland group alleged to coordinate with Rose City Antifa.
The lawsuit accuses Bolen of punching Ngo during the May 1 protest, and accuses Hacker of throwing an “unnamed liquid” on Ngo at the local gym.
These 6 individuals wearing print-out masks of my face approached my family's home last night, repeatedly rang doorbell, pounded on window, recorded footage of property & gestured at cameras. There were no candy bags. This follows their doxing of my elderly mom's small business. pic.twitter.com/dH8qn1YS85
He received “less than zero attention from them, which is really unfortunate because it is the job of law enforcement to keep citizens safe from these types of criminal assaults,” Dhillon said.
“Among the charges in this complaint is an Oregon racketeering corrupt organization’s charge due to the fact that antifa and its allies work in coordination with one another to carry out these assaults, not just on Andy, but on other journalists,” she added.
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At least thirteen campaign staffers for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden have made donations—possibly in coordination with the campaign—to a group that pays bail fees for Black Lives Matter and antifa agitators in Minneapolis.
According to Reuters, the staff members posted on Friday and Saturday that they were donating to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a group that opposes the practice of cash bail.
Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement to Reuters that the former vice president opposes the institution of cash bail as a “modern day debtors prison.”
But the campaign declined to answer questions on whether the donations were coordinated within the campaign, underscoring the politically thorny nature of the sometimes violent protests.
From 12:20 a.m. Friday to 11:21 a.m. Saturday, 57 agitators were arrested in Minneapolis, according to Twin Cities.com, and most of them were from Minnesota.
According to a new narrative promoted by various Democrats on Saturday, the violence and mayhem that roiled the Twin Cities these past few days was instigated by white supremacists, Trump supporters, and/or Russia.
🚨‘Russian intelligence services are trying to incite violence by white supremacist groups to sow chaos in the United States, American intelligence officials said.’🚨
So now, the attorney general, Bill Barr, is attempting to pin the anarchy and infiltration, which is already documented as coming from white nationalist groups, on "left leaning" ANTIFA groups. The goal is to force the media to repeat that. What is his proof?
If the Democrats are correct that most of the lawbreaking at these riots are being done by violent and dangerous white supremacists and Trump supporters, that poses a dilemma for the Biden Campaign. Why in the world would the team Biden want to contribute toward the bail of Nazis?
The mayor of Minneapolis also peddled the lie that the violence in Minneapolis was largely the fault of white supremacists.
Nice try @Jacob_Frey, blame everyone else but your own incompetence.
Minneapolis mayor says 'white supremacists,' 'out of state instigators' behind protests, but arrests show different storyhttps://t.co/wpehaOmPUy
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Authorities in Portland, Oregon, appear to have given violent antifa militants free rein to assault journalists and innocent bystanders at will in the streets of the city.
Last June, independent journalist Andy Ngo was assaulted by a mob of masked agitators during a street rally in downtown Portland while police officers stood back and did nothing. He was initially treated at a hospital emergency room and later admitted into the hospital overnight to treat a serious head injury.
And over the weekend, local videographer Brandon Brown and several other independent journalists were attacked by a menacing mob of antifa militants while filming a demonstration in downtown Portland.
The “orange liquid” sprayed over Brandon Brown’s face was bear mace. It’s an oil that burns & doesn’t easily wash off. Antifa have been using it as a weapon of choice in attacks against journalists they dislike. Brown did nothing to provoke this violence: https://t.co/BGqU1g5vFqpic.twitter.com/ZhsgQQlDZe
The antifa goons showed up to counter-protest a planned Ku Klux Klan/white supremacy rally at a downtown park, but that rally was apparently a hoax that was cancelled at the last minute. With nothing else to do, the militants targeted journalists who showed up to cover the event, the police, public property, and at least one person on their own side.
The violent agitators are seen in videos using metal-tipped umbrellas to jab at people and chase them down the street. Police say they also threw rocks, concrete, batons, cans and food at members of the public and at officers.
The police—AGAIN—stood down to allow the anarcho-terrorists to assault their targets unimpeded.
Brown’s first-person video shows him walking through the crowd and getting mobbed by the militants while police stand nearby on bicycles. The mob proceeded to harass and assault Brown, kicking him, poking him with umbrellas, and dousing him in the face with bear spray.
Brown explained what happened on his GoFundMe account, which he started in December after he was physically attacked by an antifa mob in Olympia, Washington. While he was filming that demonstration, they broke his glasses and injured his eye, requiring a trip to the hospital. They also broke or stole his expensive video equipment. Brown told American Greatness that only one person was arrested in that attack.
In an update, Brown wrote that he knew of at least six other videographers who were attacked on Saturday while police stood by. He also noted that were a number of regular folks who “were unlucky enough to be walking through the area” during the riot. Those people were put in danger because of the city’s refusal confront the violent mob.
On Saturday, February 8, I again set out to cover an ANTIFA protest, this time in Portland, Oregon. When I arrived, I went directly to the police, who were stationed at a corner near the ANTIFA group, and asked if there was an area where they would like journalists to set up. I was told there was no such designated area, so I walked down the block to where I could see that several photographers and videographers had already gathered.
As I approached, the atmosphere seemed tense, but fairly calm, until someone sounded an alarm and threw a tennis ball at me, to direct the crowd’s attention to my location. Immediately I was surrounded by an angry mob, poking at me with sharp umbrella tips, throwing projectiles and spraying bear mace. I had done nothing to provoke this attack. I was surrounded. One girl jabbed my back with a sharp licence plate, of all things! A man threw a wine bottle, hitting me in the back. I was repeatedly punched and kicked. I continued filming, while backing away, toward the police presence. I was temporarily blinded by the bear mace which was purposely sprayed in my eyes.
Regular people who were unlucky enough to be walking through the area were trying desperately just to get away. I was eventually led by a police officer to their staging area, where there was first aid available. My eyes were rinsed, and I was told I had better leave the area because the police were leaving.
I was not the only one singled out for this attack. Shane Kohfield, who had attended wearing a sweat shirt he’d custom made to try and bring people together, (“Make America Great Again for Everyone!”) was assaulted and doused with black paint. I know of at least six other photographers who were harassed, assaulted and chased from the scene, yet the police stationed at the corner did not intervene. I find this situation incomprehensible!
I believe that it is very important that the actions of this group calling themselves ANTIFA be truthfully documented, otherwise I would not be doing this. They are a danger to the public. They purport to be counter protesters against fascism, yet that is false advertising. All this violence and vandalism very often takes place where there is no fascist group demonstrating to begin with.
“I fail to understand the moral degradation present in an Antifa mob,” Brown told American Greatness.
Independent journalist Any Ngo posted video of another videographer being attacked by the antifa mob.
A videographer (also named Andy) was attacked by a mob of antifa militants in Portland. He had to sprint to the central @PortlandPolice precinct & shout for help. This is the exact same area I was beaten last June. pic.twitter.com/p277Ziy0w3
Videographer Nate Milsap of Stumptown Videos ran to the police for protection, but an officer told him that police were standing down.
“We’re not going to come out and save you,” a police officer can be heard on video telling the independent journalist. The officer told him to “come up with a different plan” because they wouldn’t be helping.
“We're not going to come out and save you,” Portland police tell a videographer who ran to them for help after being pursued by an aggressive mob of masked antifa militants. Police tell him to go elsewhere because they won't be helping. https://t.co/xnalYtzWM5pic.twitter.com/R19YuSzgzo
On Saturday February 8th 2020, Stumptown Matters went into Downtown Portland Oregon to film and document the protest of a KKK rally that was reported to take place that day. When I arrived at the scene, I learned that the KKK cancelled their event. I despise the KKK and racism in general. I was actually looking forward to siding with Antifa on this day.
For they had real and legit racists to confront had the KKK followed through with their initial plans. So ultimately I stood across the street from the Antifa Gathering and gazed upon them just to estimate the number of their turnout. which was probably 300 to 500 people. I was planning on leaving and I hadn’t even begun filming yet.
Then Luis Marquez called me out by name. I said hello and then I raised my camera to start filming the commotion. Then a masked group of 20 or more people began to spread out and cross the street from where Luis was standing and began to walk fast toward me. They had concealed objects or weapons in their hands. one of which was approaching me while shaking a can of pepper spray. I wanted no part of whatever intentions they had for me so I immediately abandoned my camera duties and sprinted to safety.
I didnt want to be hurt or pepper sprayed and I didn’t want to hurt any of them either. So running was the only sensible action to me at that moment. People can call me a pussy all day long until they are blue in the face. That’s perfectly fine with me. I simply did not want to play and I got away unharmed. My safe space happened to be the justice center where the riot police confronted me and told me that if I go back out where I was, then they wouldnt protect me. Implying once again that masked thugs run the streets of portland Oregon and if you are targeted by them, then you are the problem according to portland police.
In broad daylight, masked agitators also vandalized a war memorial near the Portland Police central precinct, spray painting it with anti-cop messages:
During the four-hour melee, a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and transported to a hospital with a non-life-threatening injury, police said. The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and cooperated with officers.
At least two incendiary devices, believed to be flares, were thrown into nearby traffic, police said. The event spanned nearly four hours and required a “large police response” that limited the department’s ability to respond to calls for service citywide.
Messages reading “Punch Cops,” “Kill Cops,” and “All Cops are Bastards” could be seen on the memorial in photos released by police.
Portland Fire and Rescue medics had to treat three people for exposure to pepper spray wielded by civilians.
Only three people were arrested during the riot.
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said Willy Cannon, 25, was charged with a misdemeanor for abusing a memorial and a felony for criminal mischief. In addition to Cannon, the sheriff’s office said Brandon Farley, 31, was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and Heaven Davis, 19, was charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief.
Breaking: At today's violent antifa demonstration in downtown Portland, Heaven M. Davis, 19, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief. pic.twitter.com/ooBL2gih8E
Breaking: Willy Javoddrean Cannon, 25, was arrested and charged with felony criminal mischief and abuse of a memorial to the dead at the violent antifa protest today in downtown Portland. pic.twitter.com/JyTGULCmVm
Police Chief Jami Resch said antifa’s actions “negatively impacted public safety of the entire city because resources had to be diverted to this event.”
“I want to acknowledge the community members who came down to peacefully assemble and exercise their freedom of speech rights,” Resch said in a statement. “Unfortunately, a group of people chose to engage in dangerous, illegal behavior. I appreciate the thoughtful, measured response by our officers and law enforcement partners.”
00Debra Heinehttps://kittyhawk.amgreatness.com/app/uploads/2020/01/american-greatness-logo_201x37.pngDebra Heine2020-02-10 19:08:222020-02-10 19:08:22Antifa Goons Allowed to Go on Another Violent Rampage in Portland
A group of punks wearing print-out masks of Andy Ngo’s face, appeared outside the Portland-based journalist’s home Halloween night in a scene reminiscent of “The Purge.”
Ngo posted the home security system video of the unsettling incident onto Twitter Friday morning. The spooky video shows the goons, clad in hooded sweatshirts and printout masks, approaching Ngo’s front door to “trick or treat.”
“These 6 individuals wearing print-out masks of my face approached my family’s home last night, repeatedly rang doorbell, pounded on window, recorded footage of property & gestured at cameras. There were no candy bags. This follows their doxing of my elderly mom’s small business,” Ngo, who was home at the time, wrote in the tweet.
These 6 individuals wearing print-out masks of my face approached my family's home last night, repeatedly rang doorbell, pounded on window, recorded footage of property & gestured at cameras. There were no candy bags. This follows their doxing of my elderly mom's small business. pic.twitter.com/dH8qn1YS85
Antifa already had a bad reputation, but this creepy and threatening behavior really took their “activism” to the next level.
According to the Post Millennial blog, “the 48-second long video is a shortened version of an encounter that lasted ‘several minutes.'”
Ngo told the Post Millennial that “This is the latest addition to a long list of antifa-related individuals doxing, threatening, and promising to hurt or kill me or my family.”
Ngo also mentioned that police were called during the incident, but that the gang had fled before they had arrived. Ngo says police took a report, but was informed that people with masks “are hard, if not impossible to identify.”
Antifa goons in the area have an intense hatred for Ngo because he films their despicable antics at protests and posts the videos online.
Videos show Ngo being attacked with pepper or bear spray as well as with eggs and “milkshakes” that police later said contained cement. Police have made zero arrests of the assailants even though at least one was caught on camera without a mask.
Ngo recently disclosed on Twitter that he continues to suffer from the brain bleed he sustained.
Today marks four months since I was beaten and robbed in downtown Portland by masked antifa militants outside of the central police precinct. I continue to suffer from the brain bleed they gave me. There still has not been a single arrest. https://t.co/hmd1q6EUpR
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Two members of the Proud Boys were sentenced to four years in prison each after fighting members of Antifa in October of last year, ABC reports.
The incident took place outside a venue where Proud Boys founder and media commentator Gavin McInnes was giving a speech. The Proud Boys members, 27-year-old Maxwell Hare and 40-year-old John Kinsman, were among those who were attacked by Antifa protesters, with one of them instigating the brawl by throwing a bottle at the Proud Boys.
The judge in the case, Mark Dwyer, openly admitted that his reasoning for the harsh sentence was largely political: He compared the incident to “political street brawls” reminiscent of Germany in the 1930s, indirectly comparing the Proud Boys to Nazis. Dwyer said his goal was to dissuade people from such violence by making an example out of Hare and Kinsman.
The Antifa rioters who started the violence were never found, and the organization has explicitly refused to cooperate with police, thus leaving most of the focus on the Proud Boys. Prosecutors have maintained that if the Antifa members who started the fight had been found, they too would have been prosecuted.
Both Hare and Kinsman expressed regret at their sentencing. Kinsman is married with three children, including a newborn that he will not see until the child is five years old due to his sentence.
Proud Boys was founded by McInnes in 2016 as a male advocacy and pro-Western Civilization fraternal organization. It has repeatedly and falsely been labeled as “far-right” by the media and a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Proud Boys have repeatedly fought back against Antifa riots, including, most prominently, in the city of Portland, Oregon.
In addition to Hare and Kinsman, seven other members of the Proud Boys took plea deals for their role in the fight, while one other member is awaiting his own trial.
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Free and safe discourse about key political issues, like immigration, faces serious challenges today, not just in America, but in Canada as well.
Recently, at a sold-out event outside Toronto hosted by U.S. commentator Dave Rubin and leader of the anti-globalist People’s Party of Canada (PPC), Maxime Bernier, dozens of “anti-fascist” protestors (yes, they’re big in Canada too) tried to shut down proceedings by intimidating and shoving attendees and subjecting them to screaming chants of “Nazi scum, off our streets!” They call the PPC names like “Nazi” because it’s the only party in Canada concerned about the effects of multiculturalism and Canada’s record-high immigration levels.
In a now-viral video filmed outside the venue, mask-wearing thugs can be seen shouting in the face of an old lady with a walker and blocking her pathway to the entrance doors.
Despite the video gaining national news coverage in Canada (including big coverage in the United States), no elected politician outside the PPC has condemned the attacks. Instead, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned threats made against the old lady’s harasser; a wealthy, young immigrant from Syria named Alaa Alsoufi whose family temporarily closed their restaurant in downtown Toronto, apparently in response to the threats after his name was revealed. Shockingly, both the leader of the conservative opposition party and establishment conservatives in the media have followed suit. A nation certainly is in a rotten state when its elite go out of their way to take the side of a grandma-bashing, Stalinist thug.
One irony apparently lost on the antifa organizers was that the topic for the PPC event was slated to be the state of free speech in Canada. An additional lost irony was how eerily close their “anti-Nazi” chant resembles “Clear the streets for the brown battalions/Clear the streets for the storm division” of Horst Weissel Lied, the official anthem of the actual Nazis from World War II. This would include the main instigator of the protest, the Canadian Anti-Hate Network (CAHN); a gestapo-like group that not only partners with and is partly funded by the disgraced U.S. outfit, the Southern Poverty Law Center—which numerous insiders have stated operates solely to scare and defraud money from gullible donors—but which is being sued for fraudulent activities in Ontario court.
Unlike the SPLC, however, their Canadian partners apparently won’t condemn the kinds of violent tactics so routine at antifa “protests”—tactics which have earned them the designation of a “domestic terror group” both here in Canada and by the Department of Homeland Security under former President Obama. Not only that, CAHN Executive Directive Evan Balgord and Chairman Bernie Farber have gone so far as publicly to defend the group’s mask-wearing and violent activity.
Most unfortunately in Canada today, compared to these Stalinist street thugs and professional “hate-monitors,” our established political parties are little different. The PPC is brand new, having formed only last year as an alternative to, as our leader describes them, the “intellectually and morally corrupt” Conservative Party of Canada. The far-Left New Democrats have called for efforts to try and stop the PPC from participating in official party leader election debates, while this past Spring, Justin Trudeau’s center-Left Liberal Party signed the “Digital Charter” against “hate speech,” and moved to bring back a notorious law barring online speech that exposed groups to mere contempt. All the while the establishment Conservative Party have remained silent.
Simply put, in Canada today, free speech and the number of elites who support it, is shrinking fast and Americans must ensure the same doesn’t happen in their home country. As Rebel News-founder and Canadian Ezra Levant once said, “What happens in Canada today often happens in the United States tomorrow. We’re like a political laboratory for bad experiments.”
U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, a liberal member of the court, once warned that whatever is added to the field of prohibited speech is necessarily taken from the field of free debate. The PPC has written its free speech platform around this very message. As it proudly states, freedom of conscience and freedom of expression, when fully protected, “advance the intellectual life of a nation, foster greater ideological diversity and societal understanding, and nurture other freedoms necessary for a successful democracy.” In an open society where free inquiry reigns, anti-intellectual extremism can never take hold. Thankfully, like you Americans, this is what the vast majority of Canadians want and believe in.
Only one arrest for property damage and one citation was made outside President Donald Trump’s rally in downtown Minneapolis Thursday, even though left-wing thugs were caught on tape assaulting Trump supporters. Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo confirmed on Friday that members of the antifa mob also threw bottles of urine at the police and assaulted their horses.
Said Arradondo: “some protesters threw bottles, rocks and containers of liquid believed to be urine at police officers, and some struck officers’ horses with sticks.”
He also confirmed that officers used chemical irritants on some demonstrators, and “used appropriate levels of force … while responding to, at times, violent and aggressive individuals causing harm to others in attendance.”
Yet none of the “violent and aggressive individuals causing harm to others in attendance” were arrested. Why is that?
Video footage has spread far and wide on social media showing rampaging thugs assaulting Trump supporters in scenes reminiscent of the movie “The Purge.” In many cases the perpetrators’ faces weren’t even covered.
Antifa extremists encircle a female Trump supporter trying to leave the area after the Minneapolis Trump rally last Thursday. Someone throws something at her but it misses and lands on the ground. The woman is then robbed of her hat by a masked person. pic.twitter.com/Z5o9dItGUo
.@AlphaNewsMN captures moment when a man in a "I Stand with Ilhan Omar" shirt chokes a man who tried to retrieve his stolen MAGA hat. Other antifa people then kick & punch him. He was trying to leave the area after the Trump rally in Minneapolis last week. https://t.co/iEugKxiMoApic.twitter.com/XDMfVBrZam
A man in a blue jacket seemed to be leaving the Trump rally by himself when he was spotted by a protester who yelled: “There’s a Nazi over here!” A group of protesters then attacked the man, slapping and pushing him. He finally ran away. pic.twitter.com/jzYaWgca9g
Man wearing a “Trump 2020” hat is assaulted by a mob outside the Mineapolis Trump rally last night. Video journalist @ElijahSchaffer says this was happening routinely. If you wore a Trump hat or patriotic clothing, you were targeted. #antifapic.twitter.com/aPJnSJMXz1
As American Greatness reported on Friday, a Minnesota state rep. who was part of the antifa mob outside of the Target Center, actually boasted on Twitter that she was able to talk left-wing Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey into having the police stand down, leaving the Trump supporters more vulnerable. Frey has denied issuing a stand down order, which puts him at odds with his fellow Democrat Gomez.
But the fact remains that multiple unprovoked assaults on innocent Trump supporters were allowed to go unpunished.
“Officers worked to ensure people’s First Amendment right to assemble, speak freely and protest,” Arradondo said in Friday’s statement. “MPD appreciates the community support demonstrated by the law-abiding attendees and their partnership to create a peaceful expression of passionate views.”
But the left-wing mob that gathered outside the Trump rally were not “protesters” peacefully assembling to express “passionate views.” They were there for only one reason—to intimidate and terrorize Trump supporters. Why else would they be staked outside of the convention center doors waiting for the Trump supporters to come out?
A reporter for the Minnesota-based news site Alpha News was at the protest and witnessed the violence first-hand.
The reporter, Willis Krumholz, says Trump supporters who were hurt during the rally “should seek legal counsel and file a suit against Frey on the basis of a civil rights violation (42 USC 1983).”
Democrats so far have refused to answer any questions about the violent protest. This is especially important, given that one of their own—DFL state rep Aisha Gomez—was among the leftwing mob.
Specifically questions that have not been answered are:
“Do you disavow the protesters who threw urine at cops, and hit and spit on Trump supporters?”
“Do you disavow the use of rhetoric like ‘kill a cop, save a life,’ and ‘blue lives don’t matter’?”
“Do you disavow political violence?”
“Do you disavow Mayor Frey for not allowing the Minneapolis Police to defend themselves?”
“Do you disavow state rep. Aisha Gomez for associating herself with the most violent group of protesters?”
A similar debacle happened four years ago in downtown Minneapolis when well-heeled Republican donors attending a Trump fundraiser were assaulted, robbed and spat upon by a violent leftist mob as they were leaving the event.
Attendees said that even though there was a strong law enforcement presence at the convention center where the fundraiser was held, they were not afforded any police protection going into and leaving the event. Because it seemed obvious that the left-wing agitators weren’t in any fear of being arrested, one of the Trump supporters said, “it was almost like they were in cahoots.”
Indeed, there were no arrests at that time either and the Minneapolis Police Department insisted that there was no stand-down order.
As the 2020 election season approaches, it is crucial that left-wing officials in Democrat-run cities are held accountable for their refusal to protect Republicans exercising the right to support their president in public. Because unless there are consequences for this dereliction of duty, violence against Trump supporters in Democrat-run cities will not only continue, it will get worse.
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A Democrat member of the Minnesota House of Representatives was among the far-left riffraff that harassed and intimidated Trump supporters as they left the Trump rally in Minneapolis Thursday night. Rep. Aisha Gomez (DFL) was seen consorting with a member of the antifa mob as he hurled profanities at Republicans as they drove by.
Hundreds of leftists gathered outside of the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis to scream at Trump’s supporters and tell them to go home.
Before the rally, a middle aged woman, her husband, and her 75-year-old mother were harassed by the vicious mob as they made their way into the venue, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.
“Shame on you!” agitators screamed, blowing whistles in their faces. “How does it feel to be a racist and a bigot?” one asked. The woman later told the Strib, “I think that was the worst of society imaginable.”
After the rally, the “protest” descended into chaos as left-wing protesters and antifa radicals assaulted Trump supporters, clashed with police, and burned “Make America Great Again” hats.
Man wearing a “Trump 2020” hat is assaulted by a mob outside the Mineapolis Trump rally last night. Video journalist @ElijahSchaffer says this was happening routinely. If you wore a Trump hat or patriotic clothing, you were targeted. #antifapic.twitter.com/aPJnSJMXz1
“Does the MN House Speaker support Rep Gomez (dressed in all black wearing a hood) participating in an ANTIFA rally that clashed w MPD?” asked Jon Justice, a radio host on Minneapolis’ news talk station AM 1130. “Did any of her other caucus members join in the ANTIFA protests, and does Gov Walz support DFL Legislators joining ANTIFA in their anti-police riot?”
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A protest outside of a free speech event at a college in Ontario, Canada turned violent Sunday evening as far left demonstrators blocked and harassed supporters trying to enter the building.
The event at Hamilton’s Mohawk College featured People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier and American political commentator David Rubin.
Masked agitators waved signs that read “White supremacy is terrorism” and “Refugees welcome here,” and chanted “Nazi scum, off our streets” as attendees tried to enter the building.
According to a Rebel Media reporter on the scene, antifa members blocked the path of the attendees, shoved their middle fingers in their faces and pulled the hats off their heads.
Things turned positively surreal when a group of antifa agitators got in the faces of an elderly couple as they made their way across the street toward the entrance of building.
“Nazi scum, off our streets!” the antifa thugs screeched at the little old lady hunched over a walker. Three masked agitators moved in so close to the couple, they touched the frail woman’s walker. At that point, one of the goons screamed something and pointed an accusatory finger in the old man’s face as he tried to stand up for his wife.
Four protesters were briefly detained after assaulting conservative attendees, but they were quickly released without charges, according to Portland-based journalist Andy Ngo.
Speaking to reporters after the event, Bernier lamented that his party and his policies are misunderstood, the National Post reported.
“For me, that was the first experience and I must admit that I didn’t like it. It’s not Canadian,” he said of the epithets hurled by
“These people didn’t take time to read our platform because what they were saying, it is not who we are and who I am as a politician, so that’s too bad that they didn’t want to have any discussion,” he said.
“We cannot debate when people don’t want to look at what you’re saying in reality.”
The event, a roundtable discussion on free speech involving Bernier and American political commentator David Rubin, has proven polarizing in a city that some experts describe as a hot bed for the far right.
The school has faced criticism for allowing Bernier to rent the facility, with some accusing the institution of providing a platform for hate speech.
Rubin, meanwhile, tweeted last week that the event had been cancelled due to “threats from Antifa,” stirring allegations of censorship. He later clarified the talk was still taking place.
Mohawk College’s president has said the school is bound by a “government-mandated freedom of speech policy” that requires it to provide opportunities for anyone to voice their views.
“The event in question involves a member of a federal political party that is recognized in the national discourse,” Ron McKerlie tweeted earlier this month. “Rental of this space does not represent an endorsement of the views of the organizers. Our policy is clear about events inciting hate.”
Of course, the only hate on display at the event, as usual, was that of the left-wing demonstrators.
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BLOOMINGTON, Indiana—The downtown farmers’ market is a peacefully busy place on this warm, overcast Saturday morning in early September. A prosperous-looking middle-aged couple is listening intently as the young proprietor of a booth selling Alaskan salmon explains the great nutritional benefits of his product. Across the way, one of about a half-dozen buskers dotting the premises is playing “Amazing Grace” on the violin. Clothed in a kind of country hipster or hipster-country getup, the young woman plays quite engagingly. A woman in a white tank top is ordering a coffee and a pastry from a bakery cart topped by a bright orange umbrella.
Wandering casually down the aisles of center-facing booths formed by trucks and trailers parked under the edges of carport-style lengths of temporary shelter from the sun and rain, the customers are almost exclusively white, apparently largely middle-income or above, and of all age groups, with people in their 30s and 40s probably constituting a plurality. The air smells of goat’s milk soap, spices, and fresh coffee.
There’s plenty of talk going on. In fact, it’s something of a cacophony. In addition to the singing and musical instruments, there are loud thrashing sounds as vendors move big trays of goods from place to place. There’s so much talk that it’s hard to make out what anybody is saying, as a mother’s voice bursts through, saying, “We’re going to get this,” and her preschool daughter replies with something indecipherable.
Despite all the noise, it’s a remarkably calm and peaceful environment, especially when one considers that some 10,000 people will pass through this park beside City Hall over the course of the day. The shoppers seem greatly interested in the wide variety of food and other farm products available, peppering the vendors with questions. The vendors discuss their products with more than a little evangelical zeal.
It’s a happy place, overall. Just a week earlier, the scene was quite different.
Vandalism, Threats, and Official Condemnation
For more than a year, local activists from the far-left end of the political spectrum have led a campaign to persuade the Bloomington city government to ban Schooner Creek Farm from the farmer’s market, which takes place a couple of days a week during the warm-weather months. A national activist organization called Unicorn Riot had uncovered a trove of largely mundane bulletin board posts by Schooner Creek Farm co-owner Sarah Dye on a chat group then called Identity Evropa, a network of people in favor of protecting their European heritage from what they consider to be unfair attacks by the multiculturalist Left. The Anti-Defamation League has denounced Identity Evropa as a “white supremacist” organization, a claim the group strongly denied.
Beginning in the fall of 2017, activists led by the Bloomington chapter of Antifa initiated a campaign of harassment against Dye and her husband and their farm-to-market operation in central Indiana. Masked people threatened the couple with violence and vandalized their property. Schooner Creek was subsequently banned from the local Nashville, Indiana farmer’s market (of which Dye was the board’s president at the time); and increasingly disturbing and threatening activists began gathering before Schooner Creek’s space at the Bloomington market in an effort to intimidate the farmers and their customers.
“Due to, unfortunately, some rumors that were going about that we may have had privately held viewpoints that were not approved by the liberal Left, some Antifa came out to our property and vandalized our mailbox, and they spray-painted ‘Fascist’ on the pavement and left fake blood inside the mailbox,” Dye said. The local police “were very helpful” and even placed security cameras on the family’s property and sent extra patrol cars to drive past, Dye told me.
The protests at the farmers’ market began when the new season began in April 2018, and the campaign of harassment and intimidation intensified.
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After the widely publicized arrest in July of an Indiana University professor who had created a disturbance while trespassing before the Schooner Creek booth (holding a sign accusing the proprietors of being members of “a white nationalist hate group”), Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton—under pressure from a host of left-wing organizations, which proliferate in college towns—closed the market for two weeks, claiming that “specific individuals with connections to past white supremacy nationalist violence” were causing problems there.
Of course, that was the exact opposite of what had taken place. Violent leftist groups had been blocking, threatening, and harassing a legally entitled vendor and its customers with impunity until the arrest of the professor.
Hamilton, a Democrat, also blamed President Trump for the troubles. He even roped in the people of Bloomington throughout its two centuries of existence, denouncing them as racists. Hamilton had nothing to say about Antifa or any of the other leftist groups involved in harassing and intimidating the farmers and customers bearing any responsibility for their actions.
Hamilton reopened the market on August 17, with more police and security cameras—and a clear indication that he plans to rewrite the rules for the market to try to exclude Schooner Creek Farm next year.
Despite the mayor’s incendiary comments, the atmosphere at the market a couple of weeks later is strong on Hoosier hospitality and short on racial tension.
Clad in a plaid blouse, her hair tied back, and sporting a discreet nose ring, Dye keeps a watchful eye on her young child, who is playing in the back of their pickup truck when he’s not wriggling in her arms. The Dyes’ farming operation is no-till, organic, “chemical-free,” and non-GMO, employing sustainable practices and the raising of Shetland sheep. While we speak, her jeans-and-T-shirt-clad husband tends to the counter, the other side of which is occupied by a steady stream of customers. The harassment campaign appears to have failed to drive them into submission.
“We have definitely lost a lot of regular customers, but at the same time, we have been very fortunate to gain a whole new customer base,” Dye said, with very good diction in a slight country accent. “There are a lot of Trump supporters and fellow conservatives who have started attending the market for the first time ever, actually, just to come out and show their support. We’ve been basically selling out every week since we’ve been back at the market after the flood” of controversy.
There have been so many incidents that it’s actually hard to remember all of them.
“We have developed a whole new customer base, but at the same time those customers who are coming just to buy from us are also shopping at the other booths as well, so we’re very grateful for that,” Dye said.
The proprietors of those booths need the help, because the protests, controversy, and rising fears of violence have driven many customers away.
“The attendance at the market has, I do believe, been much lower due to the presence of the protestors from No Space for Hate,” the umbrella name for the various groups attempting to get Schooner Creek Farm removed from the market, Dye said. “We have received messages from several customers saying that they need to buy from us in private now, because they’ve been harassed. We have had customers approach the booth and say that they have had flyers shoved in their hands when trying to enter the market; and when they refused flyers or were not interested in them, they were called derogatory names such as ‘Nazi sympathizers.’”
“Every week, aside from this week, there has been at least a handful of people coming up and shouting at us in derogatory terms and coming up to our customers and telling them not to buy from us, or just people with signs saying ‘Boycott Schooner Creek Farm’.”
Antifa activists had been coming to the market to harass Dye and her husband since at least early 2018. “There have been so many incidents that it’s actually hard to remember all of them,” she told me. “For each one, we filed police reports and also reported it to the farmer’s market and videotaped footage.”
Photo by S.T. Karnick
No Protests This Day
The Saturday we spoke was the first day without an incident.
The week before, a band of black-clad Antifa had gathered at the Schooner Creek booth, despite the newly increased police presence and video cameras. “They formed a semicircle around our booth, almost like a physical wall, and the video footage that we have has shown customers actually shoving past them to get to our table. They did not say anything, but it’s very clear what their intentions were.”
Some of the black-clad Antifa members were “loitering near the cash box, so my husband moved it and then asked them to please step out of the prepaid booth space that they were occupying,” Dye said. The space to which Dye refers is to the right of the Schooner Creek Farm booth. It is unoccupied at present, as the person who was selling goat cheese there has been moved to another location. The vendors pay for these sites for the entire summer, and her proximity to the harassment by Antifa was clearly hurting her business. The vendor to the left of the Schooner Creek booth is selling soaps, and her space is liberally festooned with signs declaring “No Space for Hate,” “Everybody Is Welcome,” “Bloomington Hates Hate,” and other such sentiments.
The Antifa group was organized by John Steve Tucker, “who’s a violent offender from the Tinley Park Five,” along with other people known to be violent criminals, Dye said. Tucker was one of five men who were sent to prison for attacking a group of people in a Tinley Park, Illinois, restaurant in 2012. Tucker and his compatriots charged into the building while wearing masks, hoods, and gloves and carrying axes and metal batons which they used to assault and batter the customers, who they claimed were neo-Nazis.
Tucker’s presence at the Bloomington market was intimidating, Dye says.
Despite their threatening demeanor, the Antifa gang dispersed when Dye’s husband asked them to leave—and when they noticed that people were filming them. On the day I visited the market, I got the distinct sense that some people (though not the Dyes) were carrying concealed weapons, which is legal in Indiana and may help explain why the Antifa people have dispersed.
All of the farmers here . . . have a variety of political viewpoints, and no farmer would ever come to the market and explicitly talk about those things, because we know the state of the country right now.
As I was speaking with Dye, I noticed a tall, hardy-looking man in his 20s standing nearby and watching us in silence. He had a cheerful expression on his face, and he nodded occasionally as Dye talked. He told us he’s working on a documentary film about the recent events, and it was also clear that he was on hand to record any attacks on the farmers. Holding a video camera but not recording us, he kept a watchful eye on the crowd. After a few minutes, he left to get some footage of the rest of the market. He mentioned that he hoped to catch up with Mayor Hamilton to ask him, on camera, whether he has given money and support to the No Space for Hate group, which the videographer says has connections to Antifa.
Dye said the attendance on the day I interviewed her—the third week since the market reopened—seemed to be much higher than in previous weeks, when the protestors were creating disturbances.
“Coincidentally, I’m not seeing any of the protestors here,” Dye said.
“The protestors have really contributed to an unwelcoming market, unfortunately,” Dye said. “I really believe that the majority of the shoppers are just here to celebrate a community event and to get some really high-quality local farm products.”
The increased police presence appears to have helped.
“The Bloomington police have been doing a fantastic job here at the farmers’ market,” Dye said. “I’m very grateful that, as of more recently, the mayor has allowed them to. Prior to recent weeks, there was maybe one or two cops [at the market], which is not enough for an event that sees up to ten thousand people every weekend at the height of the season.” With the Indiana University students back on campus and the farmers’ harvests starting to come in, this weekend is part of the height of the season, which may explain the mayor’s newfound willingness to allow sufficient police protection at the market.
That’s a big contrast with the farmers’ experience in their own neighborhood. Dye and her husband were removed from the roster at a farmer’s market in nearby Nashville, Indiana after “local Antifa activists wrote letters to the board and essentially intimidated the board into removing me.” That appears to have been a big mistake on the board’s part, in addition to being morally reprehensible.
“Since then,” Dye said, “I have noticed that when I drive by on Sundays there are really no shoppers there, so it’s a shame for those vendors.” Former customers are now boycotting the Nashville market and are buying directly from the couple at their farm.
Dye says that she and her husband, Douglas Mackey, are not bothered by other people’s politics and they don’t push their views on their customers. Community is particularly important to them, which their website makes clear as well.
“I’ve never brought my views to any farmer’s market,” Dye said. “My personal political views do not affect my presence in the community. We enjoy community events. We’re very much a part of this community. We have deep ties to the community.”
Photo by S.T. Karnick
Modern Day “Thoughtcrime”
It’s ironic that the protesters talk about all people being welcome at the market when they are trying to drive people out for alleged political beliefs they’ve never attempted to impose on anyone, Dye says.
“The way I’ve always operated at this farmer’s market is that everybody always is welcome, and everyone is treated with genuine kindness and respect,” Dye said. “It does seem as though anyone with a conservative viewpoint or Trump supporters, you see people giving them dirty looks and whatnot. It does seem to be the case that they seek to exclude people who have views that they don’t agree with, whether they have shared them or not.”
Dye says she has plenty of liberal acquaintances and customers, and they can openly share their views. “We will respectfully listen,” she told me.
“All of the farmers here, I’m sure, have a variety of political viewpoints, and no farmer would ever come to the market and explicitly talk about those things, because we know the state of the country right now and there’s a lot of division with politics, and to me the farmer’s market has always been a place where everyone can come together despite their political views,” Dye explained. “It’s one of the last remaining places we have where people can truly come together and celebrate a community event without politics interrupting it.”
As she spoke, Dye held her infant child, who is at just the right age to be quite a handful. She placed him in the bed of the family’s pickup truck and gave him some large peppers to play with. “It seems like people are in good spirits, and it seems to me like the market is getting back to what it has always been,” Dye said. “I’m really happy about that.”
Although the Bloomington farmers’ market is open and peaceful today, the next such clash might not have an equally pacific conclusion.
“I really do hope that some of these people in the ‘No Space for Hate’ group can stop hating so much and incorporate themselves back into the market,” Dye added.
The attacks on Dye and her family are reminiscent of the idea of “thoughtcrime” in George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. In Orwell’s totalitarian dystopia, thoughtcrime, crimethink, and wrongthink are the holding of political thoughts—ideas about freedom—that could undermine the authority of the regime. In the present case, any suspicion that an individual might be proud of the past and current accomplishments of Caucasians is enough to brand that person as an enemy of the people who must be driven from society and left to starve.
Where Orwell’s story differs from the reality in non-Communist places today is in how the rules against thoughtcrime are enforced. Orwell depicts a surveillance state under direct government control, through the universal deployment of the telescreens the government uses to spy on everyone in order to identify potential enemies of the state, who are to be arrested and dealt with by the government. In the United States today, by contrast, the detection and enforcement of thoughtcrimes are largely done by other entities, such as educational institutions, big corporations, and violent gangs of thugs.
The government, however, is still in control of it all. The police and justice system, which are supposed to protect people from assaults regardless of the background and alleged thoughts of the victim or those of the perpetrator, turn a blind eye to certain types of attacks on certain types of people. In this way, the government leaves some groups open to varying levels of vigilante action, while protecting others from any type of criticism, let alone violence.
The politicians benefit from this situation, of course, by pretending to protect people from the fictional exploiter group which is, in fact, being victimized. If this sounds familiar, it should. It is what the Communists did in the Soviet Union and the National Socialists did in Germany, what Pol Pot did in Cambodia, what the Hutus did in Rwanda, and what corrupt people do in all corrupt places.
Photo by S.T. Karnick
An Unending “Two-Minutes Hate”
The United States today has an expansive regime rooted in political correctness. It is characterized by the “deplatforming” of conservative speakers at college campuses, the online hordes that attack “problematic” speech in the media, the blacklisting of conservatives by Hollywood and the rest of the entertainment and cultural media, corporations’ punishment of workers and managers for the expression of unsanctioned thoughts outside the workplace, and the ever-rising accusations of racism, now called “white supremacy” or “white nationalism,” to indicate which individuals and institutions are to be subjected to an unending version of the “Two-Minutes Hate” of Nineteen Eighty-Four. As in Orwell’s book, the public does the hating, but at the behest of the state.
This process is vividly apparent in the case of Schooner Creek Farm. Instead of protecting a legitimate business from trespass, threats, and potential violence, Bloomington’s mayor condemned the victims of the attacks and allowed criminal thugs to have their way right beside City Hall. Only national embarrassment managed to bring the city government to heel and force the mayor to allow the police to do their job.
As exemplified by Hamilton’s diatribe blaming white supremacists and the president of the United States for the unrest at the downtown farmers’ market, government officials are becoming increasingly explicit in their incitement of mob activity and declarations of non-leftist white people as fair game for attack. They are creating a volatile situation which cannot end well.
Although the Bloomington farmers’ market is open and peaceful today, the next such clash, wherever it may arise, might not have an equally pacific conclusion. People wearing black masks are not looking for reasoned discussions.
And you may rest assured that there will be more of this, as long as cynical politicians can still hope to gain political support by stirring up hatred. This spiral of violence and hate will continue unless and until the people finally realize who the real enemy is.
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A municipal court judge denied all requests to drop charges against left-wing protesters in Boston Municipal Court Tuesday, going against the wishes of both the prosecution and defense.
Thirty-six leftists−including antifa radicals−were arrested during the Straight Pride Parade in Boston Saturday, on charges ranging from disorderly conduct to assault and battery on a police officer.
Judge Richard Sinnott saw half of them on Tuesday, CBS Boston reported.
Prosecutors from Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins’ office attempted to get charges dismissed for any of the protesters charged with disorderly conduct who had no prior record – but each time, Justice Richard Sinnott denied the request and scheduled a pretrial hearing for each defendant.
Justice Sinnott went against both the prosecution and defense’s request, also ordering half a dozen people be taken into custody and held on cash bail ranging from $250 to $750. One man was held without bail.
The six people who were hauled out of court in handcuffs were reportedly in shock, as they had already been arrested and released by Boston Police over the weekend.
The situation amounted to “a striking role reversal” in court, Boston.com noted, “with a prosecutor assuming the unusual stance of pushing for dismissals while the judge took it upon himself to keep the charges intact.” Rollins, in fact, but out a statement on Tuesday accusing Judge Sinnott of “overstepping his role.”
Larry Calderone, the Vice President of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, begged to differ.
“We couldn’t be happier at the moment with the judge that’s on the bench,” Calderone told reporters outside of court. “We are here to make sure the DA prosecutes these offenders to the fullest extent of the law.”
Four officers remained off the job on Tuesday after being injured on Saturday, according to Boston Police. “Many officers were assaulted throughout the day, with bottles of urine being thrown at them, bottles of chemicals,” said Calderone.
The 36 protesters were arrested when the protest of the parade devolved into an antifa-fueled melee.
Some protesters accused the police of using excessive force with them, but the head of the police union said the protesters came “to create havoc.” Boston Police representatives said there would be an investigation into their handling of the situation, as is standard policy.
As American Greatness reported on Tuesday, a bail fund was set up for the left-wing activists who tangled with law enforcement to help with their “legal fees, as well as supplies for jail support.” After the FundRazr page was endorsed by Squad members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley on Twitter, the fund was able to raise $24,652, far surpassing its $15,000 goal.
Judge Sinnott, 63, was appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker in 2017, the Boston Heraldreported.
The lifelong Boston resident was an Army Reserve judge advocate and Iraq War veteran. He has also taught the law of war at Suffolk University Law School.
Sinnott has a reputation for being a no-nonsense judge. According to the Herald, he “recently told a former Uber driver accused of raping a passenger in his car to “please knock it off” when the man began sobbing uncontrollably at his arraignment.”
The defendants who were arraigned on Tuesday will need to return to court on various dates in September, October, and November. There were 18 more protesters Tuesday who still needed to appear in court.
Democrat Rachael Rollins, the first woman of color to hold the job of Suffolk County district attorney, issued the following statement on Tuesday’s proceedings:
“By compelling arraignment in every case, the judge punished the exercise of individuals’ First Amendment right to protest. At my request, prosecutors used the discretion constitutionally allocated to the executive branch to triage cases and use our resources most effectively to protect public safety. Make no mistake: some people were appropriately arraigned and will be held accountable for actions that put the safety of the public and law enforcement at risk. For those people now tangled in the criminal justice system for exercising their right to free speech—many of whom had no prior criminal record—I will use the legal process to remedy the judge’s overstepping of his role.”
“We’re hoping to convince the DA that this is a serious matter,” Calderone told reporters.
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Far-left Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley lent a helping hand to violent antifa agitators over the weekend after a number of them were arrested on assault and battery charges.
The two “Squad” members urged their followers on Twitter to contribute to the bail fund for the “counter-protesters” who tangled with law enforcement while protesting the Straight Pride Parade in Boston on Saturday. A masked Antifa protester told reporters that the violence was necessary in order to shut up Straight Pride marchers.
The FundRazr page said that the monies raised would go toward “any legal fees, as well as supplies for jail support.”
The purpose of the parade was to “take a stand for free speech and demonstrate that the ‘oppressed majority’ of straight Americans have just as much right to celebrate their sexuality as does the LGBTQ community,” organizer John Hugo told the Boston Herald. Organizers insisted that the parade was open to “all races, genders and sexual orientations.”
AOC urged her followers to contribute to the crowdfunding campaign to “support the local LGBTQ community impacted by Boston’s white supremacist parade.” Pressley thanked the “allies & accomplices who stood in the gap & laid their bodies on the line …”
One way to support the local LGBTQ community impacted by Boston’s white supremacist parade?
Contribute to the Bail Fund for the activists who put themselves on the line protecting the Boston community:https://t.co/z2NRSqHMve
The FundRazr page said that “fascists and white supremacists, under the front organization Super Happy Fun America, are descending on Boston,” vowing that “Boston will repel them with beautiful and bold direct action!”
In the days leading up to the parade, Boston’s left-wing Mayor Martin Walsh urged Bostonians to “turn our backs on hatred.”
Following the parade, Walsh responded to complaints that the police used excessive force against the protesters: “Let me be clear that I take any accusation of police misconduct seriously,” he said in a statement. “I also want to be clear that sowing division between people is exactly the goal of Straight Pride organizers, and I will not stand for it.”
Boston police commissioner William Gross defended his officers, saying that “under difficult conditions, officers strove to ensure the safety of all at the parade,” according to the Herald.
Police said they used pepper spray after counter-protesters threw “milkshakes” at them, which sometimes include dangerous chemicals.
Video from the event showed marchers waving American and Israeli flags alongside a “Trump 2020” float as counter-protesters lined the sidewalks.
Here it is — Boston’s Straight Pride Parade. It’s kicked off with a Trump float with Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” playing. pic.twitter.com/idBbMVI7Kv
Thirty-six people were arrested in total, including nine who were charged with assault and battery on a police officer. The other arrestees were charged with various crimes, including resisting arrest; disorderly conduct; assault; carrying a dangerous weapon, and assault by means of a dangerous weapon, according to a police log.
Boston PD has released log of arrested individuals from Saturday’s antifa counter-protest against the Straight Pride. They face an array of charges including battery of officers & assault using a dangerous weapon. Congresswomen AOC & A. Pressley expressed support for protesters. pic.twitter.com/OXAiIk2aWK
The Boston Herald reported that about 200 people were involved in the melee which was comprised mostly of counterprotesters comprised of far left groups and antifa.
Four officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries as they attempted to prevent the antifa-fueled counter-protesters from attacking the parade participants.
Black-clad agitators seemed to be causing the most trouble during the event by attempting to block a road and scuffling with police officers, according to reports. The agitators were armed with various weapons including razor blades.
Elijah Schaffer, a reporter for the Blaze, said Boston Antifa threw liquid on him while he was trying to engage in “civil dialogue.”
?ALERT? Boston Antifa threatened me w/ assault, threw liquid on me, called me a N*zi, & refused to engage in civil dialogue.
They tried to form a mob around my crew, but we don’t play childish games. It’s hard to convince people you’re against fascism when u use their tactics pic.twitter.com/RDR8Tf9lEn
? BREAKING ? Protestors of the straight pride parade are blocking police as they attempt to break up the protest after permits ran out at 4pm EST. Protestors are being arrested right now by Boston police as they yell “cops and the klan go hand in hand” pic.twitter.com/YDfUsL1YS8
“The Herald witnessed counter-protesters getting into altercations with police officers and one self-identified member of the left-wing group Antifa told the paper that violence is the only option against the Straight Pride organizers.” https://t.co/bzZKoV8AvF
The head of the Boston Police Patrolman’s Union called for the full prosecution of the three dozen people arrested.
Three dozen people were arrested at Boston Straight Pride Parade Saturday. They assaulted cops, carried weapons including razor blades. One member of the hard-left Antifa while wearing a mask said violence is necessary to shut up Straight Pride organizers. https://t.co/3mTrZUo69Qpic.twitter.com/Wb2lEmGiIz
“They should all be prosecuted,” said Michael Leary, whose union represents Boston’s rank-and-file police officers. “We all just do our jobs and hope the courts do their jobs.”
Leary told the Herald, “We’re made up of laws, and people have to follow them. If you can do anything with impunity, that’s when things start to slide downhill and we end up in a bad place.”
Thanks to AOC and Pressley’s supportive tweets, the crowdfunding campaign for the antifa counter-protesters−some of whom attacked the police−surpassed its $15,000 goal, raising a total of $24,652 for their legal fees.
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