Portland-based independent reporter Andy Ngo was attacked by masked Antifa members who stole his camera at Saturday of Pride weekend. Ngo tweeted immediately after the attack, his face cut and bruised, as he waited for the police to help.  A mob had pelted him with milkshake and objects.  He was taken to the hospital and treated for brain damage and for the cuts and bruises.  

Watch the beginnings of the attack here:

Only three Democratic candidates condemned the violence against the gay, Asian journalist.  

First, Andrew Yang spoke out. “I hope @MrAndyNgo is okay. Journalists should be safe to report on a protest without being targeted.”  

Former Vice President Joe Bidenalso chimed in, saying that he “believes violence directed at anyone because of their political opinions is never acceptable, regardless of what those beliefs might be.” He also said that “freedom of expression is fundamental to who we are as Americans, and that Andy Ngo’s attackers should be identified and investigated.”

Eric Salwell, who dropped out of the Presidential race this week, also condemned the violence via Twitter. “I don’t agree with much of what @MrAndyNgo ever says. But that’s not the point. He should not be harmed for his views and his attackers should be prosecuted. *And Congress should pass my Journalist Protection Act, which makes it a federal crime to assault or batter a journalist.”

In other words, only two of the current crop of Democrats went on record against Antifa.  But wait, aren’t leftists supposed to be all about journalists? You’d think so, if you read their carefully crafted, constant tweets against President Donald Trump.  So why aren’t they jumping on this incident with the righteous indignation it deserves?

Ngo is – deal breaker! – a conservative.  Suddenly, the Democrats’ silence makes sense.  Their love and adoration of the media stops precisely when the media starts saying things they don’t like.  In fact, it’s really worse than mere silence from the Left.

A member of the Human Rights Campaign accused Ngo of wanting to get attacked, describing him as a “sniveling weasel.”  According to the New York Post, there was a lot of victim-blaming going on.  “Others complain that Ngo has “doxxed” at least one antifa member — although exposing the identity of someone who commits violent acts in public while wearing a mask seems more like good journalism,” their editors wrote.

Oz Katerji had one of the most revealing responses.  He wrote, “Andy Ngo is a *far-right activist* and blogger who writes bogus scare pieces to incite hatred against Muslims, he’s not a journalist in any capacity. Whatever your opinions on a far-right activist getting punched in the face are, please describe his actual profession correctly.”

At least we now know that their “protection of the press” only extends to liberals.  

Even though the vast majority of the Democrat candidates were completely silent on the violence, comedian Ricky Gervais powerfully denounced their attack on Ngo.  First, he expressed doubt that “throwing milkshakes genuinely defeats fascism,” which earned him a swift rebuke from his leftist followers.

“Whatever side you’re on politically, ‘left’ or ‘right’, you don’t need violent factions joining you or representing you. They bring your cause into disrepute. They don’t even care about your cause, they’re just in it for the violence. Denounce them,” he wrote. 

Then, he added, “Opposing left wing extremism doesn’t mean you support right wing extremism. Opposing right wing extremism doesn’t mean you support left wing extremism. You’re allowed to hate all extremism. There are loads of other choices.”

“Also,” he added, “Stop wasting milk.”

Image Credit: Twitter Screenshot from the embedded video

Hat Tip: Twitter and New York Post

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.