by Beth Baumann
Last month, conservative journalist Andy Ngo was attacked while covering an Antifa protest in Portland, Oregon. He suffered multiple blows to the head, had milkshakes filled with quick drying cement thrown at him and his GoPro camera stolen. Throughout the entire ordeal, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) told police to stand down.
To make matters even worse, Ngo, who is openly gay, was attacked during pride month. And no LBGT organization stood up to condemn Antifa and offer support to Ngo.
Ngo appeared on “The Ingraham Angle” to discuss the attack, offer insight into the group and where he plans to go moving forward.
“It took several hits to my head to realize, ‘Oh, I’m getting beaten up right now.’ I’ve never been in a fight. I’ve never been arrested. I don’t drink or do drugs so it was just…I’ve never encountered anything near it so it was just, I think by the third punch, I was hoping and wishing it’d stop, but it continued,” Ngo recalled.
“Why do they react to you the way they react to you?” Ingraham asked.
“It’s because my writings are not just critical of them. It has an audience and a reach,” Ngo replied. “I’ve written for some mainstream publications, like National Review and The Wall Street Journal, and I’m broadcasting to a large audience. This other side, Antifa, is frequently hidden, whitewashed in liberal press.”
“A lot of attention is paid to these incidents of street hooliganism, which is one aspect of their tactics, but, more important, I think is the ideology,” he explained. “They’re working towards a political revolution. They’re made up of anarchists and communists. These acts of violence and vandalism, they’re not meant to only target citizens, they’re meant to polarize societies. And it’s also meant to delegitimize institutions that uphold the laws, so they have a lot of hate for law enforcement, for border enforcement, you see reflected in their chants as well as where they target their acts of violence when it’s not just directed at citizens.”
According to Ngo, most Antifa thugs would identify with Marx although he’s “still trying to understand and comprehend how coherent their ideology is.”
Because Antifa came to life after the 2016 election of President Donald Trump, there hasn’t been enough time for academia to study the group. We don’t know how they’re organized or who writes their literature or what their books of literature are.
As of now, no arrests have been made in Ngo’s case, but he’s thankful at least part of the attack was caught on camera.
Ngo is currently raising funds for his legal representation. The goal is $100,000.