University of Rhode Island history professor Erik Loomis caused a firestorm of controversy by defending the actions of Antifa supporter Michael Reinoehl.
In the comments section of a blog post he made on the “Lawyers, Guns and Money” website, Loomis wrote Reinoehl “killed a fascist. I see nothing wrong with it, at least from a moral perspective.”
Loomis also made the arguments “Nonviolence is a tactic. It is not a moral principle” and “What’s so great about assassinating random slaveholders, said liberals to John Brown.”
In his original blog post Loomis writes “Michael Reinoehl is the guy who killed the fascist in Portland last week. He admitted it and said he was scared the cops would kill him. Well, now the cops have killed him.”
He adds “I am extremely anti-conspiracy theory. But it’s not a conspiracy theory at this point in time to wonder if the cops simply murdered him. The police is shot through with fascists from stem to stern. They were openly working with the fascists in Portland, as they were in Kenosha which led to dead protestors.”
Hours before he was shot to death by law enforcement, Reinoehl was interviewed by Vice News.