It was a fairly uneventful day.
We’ve seen much worse and for a while there I thought a small miracle had occurred and the police had done their jobs in all five metro areas across the country and the day had passed without Antifa showing up and engaging in political violence against Trump supporters:
“Three men were arrested, all for misdemeanor assault, said Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, a Seattle police spokesman.
At one point, a scuffle broke out on the corner of Cherry Street and Fourth Avenue. A man dressed in black, with a black bandanna, was taken away in handcuffs. A man in a red Donald Trump hat knelt on the street, bleeding from his forehead….”
These animals have never let us down:
At the end of the day, Seattle Antifa came through and bloodied a Trump supporter with a projectile. In hurling that object, Antifa gave the organizers of these rallies the optics they wanted. Let’s give a shout out to Jason Wilson of The Guardian who snitched by tweeting this photo:
Someone on the way back on a trip to the bus is bleeding, says he was hit by a missile pic.twitter.com/hCLLBACc6o
— Jason Wilson (@jason_a_w) August 18, 2018
The guy getting first aid from SPD says he was hit with some flying projectile. pic.twitter.com/hG9goBIf0t
— Sam Levine (@samlevine) August 18, 2018
Antifa were threatening violence against Trump supporters in Boston:
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) August 18, 2018
Why are the Proud Boys banned from Twitter for being a violent group? Why is Alex Jones banned for telling his followers to “have their battle rifles” ready?
We will be part of the counter protest against the event today “Liberty or Death – Rally Against Left Wing Violence”, which is cohosted by the Washington Three Percenter’s and Patriot Prayer.
Here is the flyer we are handing out. pic.twitter.com/V9qOyPyLoj
— Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club (@PugetSoundJBGC) August 18, 2018
Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club handed out this flier claiming leftwing political violence is a myth while three Antifa were arrested for misdemeanor assault.
— PNWAWC (@PNWAWC) August 18, 2018
Today’s report: PatriotPrayer, ProudBoys, and their mixed bag of fascists yelled the same old shit in front of #Seattle city hall, then were paraded around said building by the #pigs.
Always nice to see high level fascists defending piss level fascists. #CopsAndKlan #DefendSEA
— Greater Seattle GDC (@SeattleGDC) August 19, 2018
A damn fine handful though. https://t.co/qOVjPgrpEv
— Cascadia’sGroyperRadar (@WestWAFrogHunt) August 19, 2018
The Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club was showing off their battle rifles in Seattle this afternoon and posting about it on Twitter. It was Seattle Antifa that engaged in violence. Why are violent Antifa groups given a platform by Twitter, but not peaceful Trump supporters?
I spent all day watching these events and the main takeaway is that the streets have calmed down and police are doing a much better job maintaining separation between protesters and counter-protesters. We’ve recently seen events in Portland, Seattle, Berkeley, San Jose, Tucson, Austin, Boston and Washington, DC with remarkably little violence. A year ago, the Boston Free Speech Rally attracted tens of thousands of counter-protesters while this year it only attracted around a hundred.
We’re about to see a resurgence of rightwing street activism. It waned for a while after Charlottesville, but the backlash has clearly passed and we have returned to the status quo ante. I’m confident that things are about to heat back up again and we will be seeing more of these events.
Note: President Trump’s attack on social media censorship suggests the tide is turning on that front as well. He probably doesn’t need Congress or the FCC to regulate Silicon Valley. If he makes a big enough issue of it, Big Tech stands to lose billions in the stock market.