Enough is enough.
If Ben Shapiro brought an entourage of masked conservative thugs with him to every speaking event, and those thugs regularly beat up his political opponents, we would not mind it a bit if schools like UC Berkeley decided to ban him from their campus. If Ann Coulter vandalized every school she spoke at and threw bottles at police, we would completely understand when she soon found herself disinvited to every university in the country. If Charles Murray were known for throwing milkshakes mixed with cement at his detractors, he wouldn’t get much sympathy from First Amendment defenders when he wound up de-platformed.
All of this to say: It’s time to arrest Antifa members, on sight, when they show their masked faces in public. This is not about free speech, this is about domestic terrorism, wanton political violence, and outright thuggery. You can be “anti-fascist.” You can protest the Trump administration. You can wave all the silly, socialist signs you want. But if you’re going to dress in black, fly the Antifa flag, and call yourself a member of this group, you need to spend some time behind bars. You are an enemy of freedom, an enemy of peace, and an enemy of the state.
Andy Ngo, a photojournalist and editor at Quillette, landed in the emergency room after a mob of antifa activists attacked him on the streets of Portland during a Saturday afternoon demonstration.
The assailants wore black clothing and masks, and were engaged in a counter-protest against several right-wing groups, including the Proud Boys. Ngo is a well-known chronicler of antifa activity, and has criticized their illiberal tactics on Fox News. He attended the protest in this capacity—as a journalist, covering a notable public event.
According to Ngo, his attacker stole his camera equipment. But video footage recorded by another journalist, The Oregonian’s Jim Ryan, clearly shows an antifa activist punching Ngo in the face.
This kind of thing keeps happening, and it keeps happening in Portland more than anywhere else. That’s because Portland city officials are absolutely unwilling to do anything about it. In a tweet on Sunday, Sen. Ted Cruz called on the FBI to investigate why Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler was continuing to allow this chaos to reign in his city.
“To federal law enforcement: investigate & bring legal action against a Mayor who has, for political reasons, ordered his police officers to let citizens be attacked by domestic terrorists,” wrote Cruz.
This group’s violent actions are unacceptable in a civilized society. You can’t hide behind free speech when you are throwing bottles at police and putting innocent reporters in the hospital. It’s time for a serious crackdown on these lunatics; we don’t need to wait for them to kill someone before we take action.