Left-Wing Mobs: An Explainer

2017

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.

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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.

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This is what a left-wing mob does to people.

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.

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Remember that limo they set on fire?

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)

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February 1st 2017Milo 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.

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 Guess who injured this guy. It wasn’t the right-wingers. That’s for sure. (Photo by Noah Berger / EPA)

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.

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

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Blood. Brought to you by Antifa. (Photo via Reuters)

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 (seeKekistan).

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.

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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 threepart 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.

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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)

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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 11th 2017: It was a week after Manchester had this benefit concert in support of the victims of the arena bombing. Tommy Robinson (and Kevin Carroll) organized a march in response to the tragedy. No longer a part of the EDL, he formed a group called UK Against Hate for this event. He laid out the intent of it on the group’s website: “It has now been left to us, the ordinary people of the United Kingdom to stand up to hate, to unite and in one voice say ‘no more’. ‘That’s why on Sunday the 11th of June, we will stand together in Manchester in opposition to hate. ‘We will say ‘no more’, we will walk in silence through the city to honour the dead, we will rally to demand action, we will make ourselves impossible to ignore.”

A group called Gays Against Sharia also repped themselves for this event. It hit the point about how the tenets of Islam conflict with the intersectionalist political culture that took over society. It was all in all a stand against “the establishment’s tolerance of hateful ideology.” Opposing them were the Queers Against Islamophobia who ended up getting kettled by police.

So it was supposed to be a silent rally. You can imagine when the Far Left shows up to oppose Robinson it’s anything but a quiet time.  400 police officers (made possible with people from other forces showing up) were tasked with maintaining order in the Piccadilly area. Tommy tried to coordinate with them directly. It was said that the GMP tried holding back the UK Against Hate march in a tunnel under Piccadilly Station. But at some point the crowd managed to break through containment and get to the Piccadilly Gardens area. Other videos showing the procession being orderly. The city square was filled to the brim with everyone. A three-way standoff. Also a traffic nightmare.

In terms of numbers, the UK Against Hate march had about 1000 people. That being on the conservative estimate, as the generous one claims 2000 to 5000 attendees. “FEMINISTS RESIST REAL RAPE CULTURE” one sign said. Scottish, English, and even American flags stood out above the masses. But the opposition? They had a Communist flag. A mob of Antifa showed up for a fight. A lot of media coverage focused on Tommy’s crowd fighting the cops. Although that in itself happened. Smoke bombs and other objects wizzed in the air. But you can clearly see a “¡No pasarán!” banner in this photo where the police are holding back a large crowd. Unite Against Fascism egged them on. Labour Councilor Tamoor Tariq was spotted opposing Robinson’s march.  With signs saying “EDL NOT WELCOME HERE” it demonstrates how the Far Left still believed Tommy Robinson was with the group (this is refuted). Even though he wasn’t, anymore. At this point the EDL label simply became slang to villainize right-wingers. It overlooks the moments like when Manchester Stand Up To Racism was manhandled by the cops.

The chaos temporarily brought the trams to a halt at the Piccadilly Gardens stop. “Please avoid Piccadilly Gardens area, as a protest has turned nasty. Some disruption to public transport too,” city officials tweeted out. People criticized Robinson for making the police waste their time with his so-called antics. In the aftermath of the attack, the public’s attention to the cop’s resources was still at the forefront.

TfGM’s Transport and Event Planning Lead John Fryer said: ““A small minority of those in attendance have shown a complete disregard for the travelling public and by their actions have made it clear that their sole intention was to cause trouble and be as disruptive as possible.”

There were eight arrests for public order offences. Hope not Hate pouted that Tommy Robinson was a fake journalist. The Anti-Fascist Network was angry that he came back with a successful effort. (Daily Mail) (Express) (joe.co.uk) (Manchester Evening News) (Metro) (Mirror) (The London Economic)

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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)

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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.”

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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.

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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.

He addressed what happened in Virginia:

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 justgo 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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Things were different now. The Far Left had a martyr. “It’s not going to be over,” yelled Richard Spencer.

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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.

WATCH: CNN’s W. Kamau Bell in attendance at Antifa rally.

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.

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If I had to explain Far Left mobs in just a few photos, it’d be these three.

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. 

Via the Associated Press:

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.

“No hate, no fear” my ass. “Police have completely disappeared from #Berkeley. People getting beaten up. Red flags being waved in the air,” reported San Francisco Chronicle’s Lizzie Johnson.

13 people arrestedOne 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 ChronicleBerkeleyside, 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!

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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’ KILLSsaid 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.

There was a “No Hate in the Bay” march the day beforeon the 23rd. Antifa handed out “NO PICTURES” notices to the media, and hoisted up a black flag in front of VICE’s film crew.

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!

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It’s Going Down published the address of where people were at. Take a guess as to why. 

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.

December 29th 2017: Austrian Antifa end the year by burning down Martin Sellner’s car. (info-direkt.eu)

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