WARNING: Graphic pictures and videos of the violent incident are shown below.
“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.”—Friedrich Nietzsche
At a protest in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, members of the anarchist protest group Antifa attacked independent journalist Andy Ngo. Ngo, who is gay and Asian-American, suffered several lacerations on his face and neck, and a bruise under his left eye. His lawyers say he has also suffered a brain bleed as a result of the beatings.
Members of Antifa also threw several milkshakes at Ngo, some of which may have contained quick-dry cement, according to police. This savage attack on a gay, Asian-American journalist shows just how fascist this “anti-racist” mob has become—and what lengths they will go to shut down their political opponents in the name of “anti-fascism.”
What Happened In Portland
Ngo has covered Antifa protests many times. He announced he would be covering this Saturday’s rally in Portland and expressed some anxiety because he thought he might be targeted. Still, Ngo went because he believes it’s important to expose Antifa’s antics, particularly following the violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last year, that featured both Antifa and white-supremacists. One of the latter group plowed his car into the crowd, killing one and injuring more than 30.
While there is not video of how the incident began, a local Portland reporter caught most of Ngo’s attack on video. You can clearly see that he is nonviolent and does not respond except by walking away, while the masked Antifa mob kicks, sprays, punches, and throws items at his head.
— Jim Ryan (@Jimryan015) June 29, 2019
You can see how Ngo receives several blows to his head and is hit with several “milk shakes” before he attempts to find a safe area to gather himself and rest. Other video shows him talking to the police about the attack and asking for anyone to help recover his GoPro video camera that was recording the protest and which he believes a member of Antifa stole.
Ngo ultimately went to the emergency room, where medical personnel confirmed the extent of his injuries, which include a brain bleed.
In the ER. pic.twitter.com/spe5N4nzVl
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) June 29, 2019
Left Blames Ngo, Not the Criminals Who Attacked Him
Ngo, who has written for center-left outlets like Quillette and right outlets such as The New York Post, immediately received intense empathy from many on the right, from our own senior contributor Chad Felix Greene, who began tagging people and spreading the word, to tweets from Ambassador Richard Grenell, an openly gay member of the Trump administration, expressing outrage and sympathy.
However, Ngo’s abhorrent beating has gone largely ignored in the mainstream media, with the exception of a few outlets, including Brian Stelter at CNN, who said that, regardless of ideology, everyone should condemn attacks like this.
Yet some liberals began tweeting that Ngo deserved this outcome since he regularly exposes Antifa’s antics, even though this clip from Ngo shows how, just before he’s beaten, Antifa begins to antagonize him by circling like vultures.
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) June 29, 2019
Despite video evidence, liberals began piling on as the evening wore on and Sunday began. Hillary Clinton’s press secretary, who is transgender, tweeted:
Andy Ngo intentionally provokes people on the left to drive his content. Being attacked today on video taken by an actual journalist (because Ngo is definitely not) is the greatest thing that could have happened to his career.
You know it. I know it. He knows it. We all know it.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️⚧️🇺🇦 (@cmclymer) June 30, 2019
Other leftists joined in:
Clarification: Andy Ngo has participated in white supremacist rallies where violence has taken place. I have no idea whether or not he has carried out acts of violence.
What's indisputable is the fact he eggs on right wing extremists to carry out violence against Muslims.
— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) June 30, 2019
I don't condone violence and I don't like to see anyone hurt. But Andy Ngo is as much a journalist as I am a second baseman.
— Steve Hofstetter (@SteveHofstetter) June 30, 2019
I’d argue what the fear mongering he’s done against Muslims plus the work he’s done to discredit hate crimes, helped create an atmosphere of violence that vulnerable people all have to live through just for being who they are. This is bad, but he’s guilty of worse.
— Aymann Ismail (@aymanndotcom) June 30, 2019
Imagine if the shoe were on the other foot: What if a liberal reporter from a left-wing outlet like Huffington Post or BuzzFeed was beaten to a pulp at a pro-life rally? The mainstream and liberal media would explode in condemnation of the attack and pro-lifers, regardless of the context. Even if this person had been heckling the crowd, he would not be blamed for being attacked. On the other hand, Ngo was certainly not acting in a provocative way, as far as videos we have show.
The fact that Ngo lay in a hospital bed while leftists played the victim blame game shows an awful double standard of how the mainstream and liberal media cover stories that involve anyone on the center-right. What do they expect will be the likely response?
It’s Time to Shut Down Antifa
Soon after Antifa beat Ngo, the Portland police tweeted that this was a “civil disturbance and unlawful assembly” and told everyone to vacate the public area under threat of arrest. The mayor of Portland, Ted Wheeler, saw the video of Ngo being beaten and condemned it, but admitted he believed the police acted correctly by not intervening. Portland police have a history of not interfering during Antifa protests.
This is where the police and Portland’s mayor are wrong: Even a cursory glance at Antifa’s origins and stated purpose reveals Antifa never gathers for a peaceful protest and behave more like a domestic terrorist group, spearheaded by angsty, privileged boys. Don’t believe me? The Anti-Defamation League, no bunch of conservatives, has said Antifa “proactively seek physical confrontations with their perceived fascist adversaries.”
In 2017, a CNN article quoted Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, who said Antifa activists get violent because “they believe that elites are controlling the government and the media. So they need to make a statement head-on against the people who they regard as racist.”
In the same article, Antifa organizer Scott Crow told CNN “The idea in Antifa is that we go where they [right-wingers] go. That hate speech is not free speech. That if you are endangering people with what you say and the actions that are behind them, then you do not have the right to do that. And so we go to cause conflict, to shut them down where they are, because we don’t believe that Nazis or fascists of any stripe should have a mouthpiece.”
Not only does Ngo utterly fail to support fascism, Antifa has behaved this way at so many protests it’s obvious they are actually more fascist than otherwise. In fact, they seem to condemn conservatives far more than they do fascists. They clearly do not understand what true fascism entails and the destructive role that ideology has played in nations in the recent past, starting with street riots and lawless violence like this.
Either way, ignorance of history is no excuse for Antifa to descend upon a city like Portland, even with its ignorant, wussy mayor at the helm, and wreak violent havoc, specifically targeting a gay, Asian-American journalist who values free speech.
It’s time for Portland’s Wheeler to put an end to this group of entitled, violent thugs, who wouldn’t know real fascism if it hit them in the face with a quick-concrete-filled “milkshake.” They have proven themselves to be violent without cause, willing to target even moderate journalists, and in a free society that should only get them a ticket to jail.