In a Monday article published by far-left extremist Kim Kelly, The Guardian profiled the far-left militant group Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club in a glowing article about their recent involvement “defending” a trans-pride march.
The article, titled ‘If others have rifles, we’ll have rifles’: why US leftist groups are taking up arms, Kelly shadows the group, stating that their aim is to “fight white supremacy and build community defense in America’s Pacific north-west.” But she all but ignores the recent terrorist actions of one of their members, Willem Van Spronsen, who firebombed an ICE facility in Tacoma, Washington, before being shot dead by law enforcement, simply including one mention of the attack, which she downplays.
That isn’t surprising considering that Kelly has supported the terrorist actions of Van Spronsen in the past, calling it “an act of righteous sabotage” in a July 14th Tweet.
Not only that, but Kelly includes a black flag, popularly considered an Antifa symbol in her Twitter bio. She also advertises the fact that she founded “Black Flags Over Brooklyn,” a self-proclaimed Antifa music festival.
So it is no surprise that Kelly, who shockingly writes for Teen Vogue, is willing to paint a far-left extremist group as reasonable.
Throughout Kelly’s entire article, she takes members of the extremist group at their word, without any fact-checking from outside sources. At one point, she allows a group member going simply by the name “Fozz” to downplay the group’s extremism without any push-back:
“Part of the reason we don’t cover our faces is that we don’t want to present as though we are a militia,” Fozz, a longtime member, explained. “We are not. We want to build relationships with people in our community, we want to appear approachable.”
Despite their attempt to seem reasonable, research done by anti-extremism watchdog Far-Left Watch paints a much different story.
In 2017, Far-Left Watch exposed Redneck Revolt, an off-shoot of John Brown Gun Club, which for all intents and purposes are basically the same group, for offering training manuals on “kidnapping”, “executions”, and “terrorism.”
As reported by Far-Left Watch:
“Redneck Revolt’s organizing principles mirror much of what you would see on any other far left organizing platform. They begin with their very reasonable, very easy to support, opposition to “white supremacy”. They then dive into class theory, anti-capitalist, and anti-wealth rhetoric that could have been copied directly from The Communist Manifesto. And finally, they wrap up with open calls for “militant resistance” and “revolution”.
Since their inception, Redneck Revolt has been very busy recruiting at gun shows and community events, advocating for class war, contributing to the far left anarchist website It’s Going Down, and conducting armed anti-Trump demonstrations.
But what’s most alarming are the resources they provide on their website. They promote several PDFs that endorse “armed struggle” and even offer a 36 page “Mini-Manual Of The Urban Guerrilla” (bottom right of resource page) which pictures left-wing militants using RPGs and outlines tactics for guerrilla warfare including sections on “sabotage”, “kidnapping”, “executions”, “armed propaganda”, and “terrorism”.”
So it isn’t all that surprising that a group that offered resources on “sabotage” and “terrorism” would have a member follow through on their training.
Kelly isn’t the only “reporter” at The Guardian who supports the actions of Antifa. As Dr. Eoin Lenihan, an online extremism researcher points out in a Quillette article, Jason Wilson of The Guardian not only sympathizes with Antifa, but often uses his platform at the publication to promote them:
“But Wilson is not simply a pro-Antifa activist who also happens to write for the Guardian: He actively leverages his role as a regular Guardian writer to promote Antifa, whitewash its violence, and signal-boost its leaders (whom he presents as “experts”)—often under the guise of neutral news reporting.”
It is clear that The Guardian has an Antifa problem. The question is whether they are going to do anything about it.
Criminal Charges Against 59 Portland Rioters Dropped by Multnomah County Prosecutors
Giving ANTIFA a free pass.
An analysis of court and police records by Portland’s KGW8 has revealed that Multnomah prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against 59 individuals arrested for crimes during the city’s nightly destructive riots. More than 400 people have been arrested and charged for rioting offenses since ANTIFA-linked street criminals began staging destructive nightly riots in the liberal city, going so far as to attack a federal courthouse with improvised mortars and to riot in the streets armed with improvised explosive devices.
The sum of dropped cases is almost 15% of total arrests made during the nightly riots.
Nine of the criminal cases dropped by Multnomah County prosecutors had included felony charges, including felony riot, arson, and theft. The other fifty cases involve misdemeanor rioting offenses, such as disorderly conduct, interfering with a police officer, and resisting arrest.
At least one rioter is described as having deployed a molotov cocktail device in the street riots, bragging of his alleged criminal act in discussions with other ANTIFA operatives. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office dropped the case against the alleged arsonist after a grand jury declined to return an indictment.
Liberal Democratic Portland city officials continue to urge the authorities to treat the violent ANTIFA rioters with kid gloves, calling for no more than ‘targeted arrests’ to be made as the gang ransacks buildings, statues, and stages planned attacks on police. The Portland police have largely been called off by city authorities, leaving federal police officers to protect infrastructure such as the Hatfield Federal Courthouse without city support.
As city officials such as the liberal county prosecutors and Mayor Ted Wheeler openly flout the free pass they’re handing to ANTIFA to attack federal buildings, riot, and destroy property, the street criminals will likely receive the message that they’ll be let off easy if they can avoid being arrested for serious crimes that can’t be ignored.
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