Fox News reports Portland-based independent journalist Andy Ngo has extensively reported on the far-left extremist group called Antifa and long cautioned that violent acts that have occurred in some sections of America could be easily replicated, but he says media on both sides of the political spectrum failed to take him seriously.
“The left-wing media, liberal media, establishment media, legacy media, has many sympathies toward the Antifa goal. The superficial resistance against the Trump administration, against conservatism, against the GOP, they have that in common with them,” Ngo told Fox News. “Liberal ignorance of what and who Antifa actually are and their history.”
Ngo feels a lot of the mainstream media gives Antifa — the movement that stands for “antifascist” — favorable coverage and downplays acts of violence committed by the group, while conservative media has ignored warnings about the group for completely different reasons.
“Right-wing media, they did pay attention, at times, but it seems like they paid attention to it because it was a sensational story, seeing people being so violent. When I say that they didn’t take it seriously, there was no evaluation or deep analysis of why this is happening or why this is continuing to happen,” Ngo said. “These radicals are not held accountable.”
Ngo said that most Antifa members are never even identified when they commit violent acts because the journalists who do cover it typically focus on viral clips, as opposed to exploring the heart of the matter.
The protests surrounding the death of George Floyd have put a newfound spotlight on Antifa, as peaceful protests turned into riots in major American cities.
Ngo said that some Antifa members might actually care about Floyd but its hardly the only reason why they’ve taken to the streets in recent days, as they simply take advantage of whatever gives them an excuse to cause havoc.
“People generally get attached to stories and narratives and George Floyd’s death being caught on camera makes people very emotional. It superficially caused them to come out, but I’ve always maintained that they can have a reason or no reason to riot. It doesn’t really matter,” Ngo said, noting everything from the 2016 election to random American flag celebrations have sparked Antifa violence.
“The narrative changes every time, the goal post is constantly shifting,” he said. “Using whatever opportunities where they can embed themselves in a much larger demonstration, to sort of shield themselves behind other bodies, so it’s more easy for them to carry out rioting and violence.”
The collection of autonomous Antifa groups that began in mostly liberal cities sees itself as a descendant of the European anti-Nazi movements, and generally agree that the best way to combat ideas they find odious is not through speech or debate but by direct action and physical confrontation.
If anyone knows about the violence Antifa is capable of carrying out, it’s Ngo.
In June 2019, he became a victim of Antifa himself, as he reported on a demonstration organized by the “Proud Boys” and the “#HimToo Movement.” Antifa showed up to stage a counterprotest and things turned ugly.
Prior to the event, Ngo voiced his concern over a tweet sent by Rose City Antifa, which is recognized as the oldest Antifa group in the U.S. and identified him as a supposed right-wing sympathizer.
During the demonstration, Ngo documented a group of Antifa members who appeared to be shadowing his movements. Then in an instant, he became the focus of a violent crowd.
Ngo was beaten and his GoPro was stolen. As a result of his injuries, he was hospitalized for 30 hours, as doctors monitored a brain hemorrhage. He said he continues to receive physical, emotional and cognitive therapy as a result of the attack but hasn’t stopped documenting the group and is working on a book titled, “Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy.”
Along the way, Ngo has criticized CNN for being sympathetic to Antifa, but says he didn’t bother watching cable news coverage this time around.
“It’s citizen journalists and even other protestors themselves reporting this video that really kind of demonstrating the shocking stuff we’re seeing on social media,” he said. “That’s the stuff I’m paying attention to because that’s what I do.”
TCO reported Sunday Jeremiah Ellison, a Minnesota City Council Member and son of Minnesota AG Keith Ellison tweeted Sunday:
I hereby declare, officially, my support for ANTIFA
Unless someone can prove to me ANTIFA is behind the burning of black and immigrant owned businesses in my ward, I’ll keep focusing on stopping the white power terrorist THE ARE ACTUALLY ATTACKING US!
Jeremiah Ellison was replying to President Trump who wrote “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.”
Jeremiah Ellison also retweeted a Twitter user who wrote:
There are *actual* terrorists: Proud Boys, Boogaloo, and other White Supremacists on the ground in Minneapolis causing havoc to our beautiful, resilient community.
We will continue to protect ourselves and rebuild.
Keith Ellison, Jeremiah’s father once posted a photo of himself with the Antifa handbook. He later deleted the tweet.
Video from January 2018: