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A Brief History of Leftist Political Violence in 1 Year

On September 9, Rudy Peters, the Republican running for Congress in the 15th District in California, was attacked by a knife-wielding man shouting, "F___ Trump".

The attacker, Farzad Fazeli, an Iranian Clinton supporter, had previously posted, “Don Trump won’t clean his own house, so he’s too dirty to know right from wrong. Impeach/incarcerate him before more children die. P.S. complacency is worse than being the shooter.”

Next month, Shane Mekeland, a Republican running for the Minnesota House of Representatives, suffered a concussion after being punched in the face at a restaurant. “You f____g people don't give a s___ about the middle class,” his assailant had shouted at him.

Mekeland is back on the campaign trail, while still recovering from the assault. “The media and the likes of Maxine Waters, Hillary, and Eric Holder as of late is driving this behavior," he warned.

"If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, at a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere," Rep. Maxine Waters had urged an angry leftist mob.

Eric Holder, Obama’s attorney general and a possible 2020 candidate, had urged, “When they go low, we kick them." He had tweeted at Democrats, urging them to, “Use the rage.”

Hillary Clinton had told CNN, "You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about."

Senator Hirono had refused to condemn the harassment of Republicans, telling CNN, "This is the kind of activism that occurs and people make their own decisions. If they violate the law, then they have to account for that.”

That same month, also in Minnesota, State Rep. Sarah Anderson, a Republican, was punched by a man when she tried to stop him from vandalizing her campaign signs.

Also in October, Kristin Davison, the campaign chief for Adam Laxalt, the Republican candidate for governor in Nevada, was left with pain and bruises after a confrontation with a Democrat operative. Her alleged assailant faces a charge of misdemeanor battery.

Three violent attacks on Republican political figures in just one month alone earned almost no coverage in the media.

Instead the media egged it on. Even the country’s leading leftist papers urged greater displays of rage.

October editorials, columns and op-eds in the New York Times included headlines such as, "Get Angry, and Get Involved," "Tears, Fury or Action: How Do You Express Anger?", “Fury Is a Political Weapon And Women Need to Wield It.”

The explosion of violence against Republicans in October was the culmination of a climate of crazed hatred, which lead to death threats, and when those were unaddressed, to actual physical violence.

In the two months from May to June, 30 Republican members of Congress were attacked or threatened.

These included, Christopher Michael McGowan who warned Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s staff, "I am not making a joke. I will kill him." It included Steve Martan, a "pacifist", who threatened to shoot Rep. Martha McSally.

E. Stanley Hoff was arrested for leaving a message for Rep. Steve Stivers warning the Ohio Republican, "We're coming to get every g_____n one of you and your families. Maybe the next one taken down will be your daughter."

Messages aimed at Rep. Tom Garrett threatened, "This is how we're going to kill your wife", and "This is what I'm going to do to your daughters."

And Rep. David Kustoff was nearly run off the road.

In the middle of June, James Hodgkinson, a passionate Bernie Sanders supporter, opened fire at a Republican charity baseball practice, seriously wounding Rep. Steve Scalise, and Zack Barth, an aide to Rep. Roger Williams. Even though Hodgkinson had a hit list of conservative Republicans, Rep. Mo Brooks, South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan and Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, Rep. Jim Jordan, Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais and Virginia Rep. Morgan Griffith, the FBI denied that it was a political assassination.

In August, Carlos Bayon was arrested for threatening House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers. “We are not going to feed them sandwiches, we are going to feed them lead,” he declared.

Law enforcement found bomb and assassination manuals in Bayon’s house.

Around the same time, DeReal Finklin, a registered Democrat, was charged for sending death threats to Rep. Christopher H. Smith. DeReal had also posted, "Anybody outside of my blood in Monmouth or Ocean County on my Facebook account, you are dead."

In June, Laurence Wayne Key, a Democratic Party of Marin County volunteer, was arrested for threatening to kill Rep. Brian Mast’s three children.

“I’m going to find the Congressman’s kids and kill them. If you’re going to separate kids at the border, I’m going to kill his kids,” the Planned Parenthood supporter threatened.

In Florida, in June, Steve St. Felix was charged with threatening to kill Rep. Jose Felix Diaz.

“Ill kill your ass and you better not show up to the next rec meeting,” St. Felix, who can be seen grinning widely in his booking photo, warned.

In July, in Tennessee, Clifton Ward was indicted for threatening to kill Rep. Diane Black. In New York, Martin Astrof allegedly tried to run over one of Rep. Lee Zeldin’s campaign workers who had been recognized for feeding rescue workers at Ground Zero after 9/11.

Ian Nicholas Nix was arrested for threatening to kill South Carolina state Rep. Steven Long. Nix called Long “right-wing scum” and warned him, You’re a ____ dead man.”

Also in July, a man who threatened to chop up Senator Rand Paul and his family with an axe was

After months of this, the media did not relent. It poured more fuel on the fire. The death threats of summer then became the violent assaults of fall.

The media called this “activism”. It denounced Republicans for warning of “angry mobs”.

And now the very same media has suddenly decided that threatening and assaulting people whose politics you disagree with is wrong. As long as the political figures being assaulted are Democrats.

But it doesn’t work that way.

Democrats and their media allies have sanctioned violence against Republicans. They’ve defended harassment and even assaults as activism. They have embraced and celebrated hate groups. The mob culture they have brought forth is fundamentally changing the rules of American politics.

Once political terror is unleashed, it can’t be controlled or compartmentalized.

Leftists, who have written a bloody history of political terror from Europe to South America, from the Middle East and across Asia, and right back to America, ought to know that better than anyone else.

The Left has made it its mission to destroy America. This is what destroying a country looks like.

In academia, there is glib talk of overturning Western civilization. But without civilization, there is only savagery.

The mad toll of death threats and assaults, of shootings and harassment was unleashed by the Left. The hectoring media has made millions from it. Fortunes have poured into the war chests of radical Democrats. They can make it stop. Or they can go on feeding the beast while blaming conservatives.

Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. This article previously appeared at the Center's Front Page Magazine.

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  1. Anonymous29/10/18

    Can't wait for these criminals to come upon a legal, concealed carry American.

    1. Anonymous7/11/18

      What about all those white supremacists criminals that love Trump and hate Democracts.

  2. Anonymous30/10/18

    Just wait until next year when the Republicans are through with their dismantling of the social-welfare state.

  3. Anonymous30/10/18

    Don't forget what obama said: "If they bring a knife, we bring a gun." "Reward your friends and punish your enemies." "Get up in their face."

  4. An excellent source for understanding the appeal of force I recommend Rand's essay "Faith and Force: Destroyers of the Modern World, in her book "Philosophy: Who Needs It."

  5. Excellent summation of scurrilous deeds done in the name of "activism". They wouldn't be doing these things without the active encouragement of the Left.

    God help us.

  6. Anonymous30/10/18

    That certainly shows what we, who are able to think and behave with logic, are up against, Daniel. THANK YOU! What can we do that will HELP the left gain some logic and calm? They are an American TRAGEDY!

  7. Small point of order, isn't this list representative of much more than one year? The congressional Republican baseball shootings were in June 2017, not this year.

  8. Peter Harris30/10/18

    What utter garbage, the far right have proven themselves to be my far more violent in the last year, than any so-called leftists.

    You have to be a wifully blind fool, to not see that.

  9. peter harris ... pft ... nonsense.

  10. Anonymous31/10/18

    Great article.

  11. Anonymous31/10/18

    Peter, sorry but you are the blind fool ... you are only fooling yourself.

  12. paulychosen1/11/18

    Peter Harris said... The far right have proven themselves to be my far more violent in the last year.
    Would you be so kind as to provide some examples or links for us please Peter. Even one example or link of this far right violence.

  13. Anonymous6/11/18

    Conservative Americans are patient and tolerant, until they are not. Bosnia + Rwanda / DyingEmpire, but way bigger and weirder, with behavior having an understanding that there are arms and ammo a-plenty. Politeness and family privacy will re-emerge as cultural priorities.

    As far as virtue; the Right is populated by people who DO things. What I have seen on the political conservative side is the virtue of restraint. The Left is at Full Retard level of panic/outrage, using the tools they have at maximum. Self-restraint by the capable is the demonstration of virtue, while inability and not-doing is not any virtue. When the Producers of the USA get to the level of panic/outrage the left is at, THEN you will begin to see the lists that have been collected for the past 30 years begin to be acted on. The Left will be shut down and decades later there will be Tribunals for those not specifically pardoned by the next government.

    Political violence leads to personal safety uncertainty. The power/gas/water will go off and stay off unless a rifle squad can accompany a repair crew, after some domestic terr's decide that attacking infrastructure undermines the legitimacy of local leadership in the minds of regular people (it does). First World urban places will not cope well without the inputs they have become accustomed to, and whoever can promise restoration of services/security (and do it, even if localized and occasional) will have a large following regardless of other political issues (death squads, inflationary paper, lack of elections, etc.).

    Most Americans have no concept of how unlimited political violence can become, or what it takes to stop "disappearances" when they begin. General Pinochet did. The Great Leader after Trump won't, but the next guy might.

    Know your neighbors. Help them, if possible.
    Local, local, local.


    1. Anonymous7/11/18

      You're full of crap. Your white supremacist and racist republicans are the problems.

  14. Anonymous7/11/18

    All you idiots need to get your heads examined to see if you have a brain.

  15. south park conservative24/11/18

    If you are buying the narrative of either PDT or his supporters being "white supremacist" take an honest look at yourself.

    Take the challenge. Write the incidents from this article on the right side of a page. On the left, list an equal number of incidents againt the political left. Then ask yourself why you are buying a narrative put out by the global elites and their corporate media army.

    Alternative assignment: Make a list of what Trump or his supporters have done/do that is racist. Again, take an honest look at yourself. Are you asking why the media never spread this narrative about PDT while he was a businessman? Why he never had trouble dealing with other countries or races in business deals? Instead, he won awards and kudos, with friendships and business deals from all parts of the world. (see photographs with Jesse Jackson,Rosa Parks, Spike Lee, etc. on the net.)

    The global banking class want us at each other's throats...keeps us from examining their plans (see UN, Agenda 21, 2030, Migration treaty, LOTS treaty, or anything about the North American Union or loss of sovereignty in general.)

    Are you going to fall for that -- or are you with us? We need to be united. There's too much at stake to waste time playing games. Peace out.


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