The left strongly believes that there are no enemies to the left. But if you go far enough to the left, everyone else to the left ends up on the right. And as the Democrats radicalize, the leftward factions begin engaging in political and even physical violence against leftists.
As this story shows.
Paul Welch came to the downtown protest Aug. 4 to let his political leanings be known.
With pride he clutched his U.S. flag as he moved among the crowd of like-thinking demonstrators.
Soon a group of black-clad anti-fascist protesters, also known as antifa, demanded he lose the flag, calling it a fascist symbol. Welch refused, and a tug-of-war ensued.
It ended with Welch taking a club to the back of the head, lying on the ground in a pool of his own blood.
Welch was a lefty counterprotester who had voted for Bernie Sanders.
“I didn’t come as a part of any one group,” Welch said in an interview with The Oregonian/OregonLive. “I was just protesting outsiders coming here for their tacitly fascist event.”
A “slightly progressive leftist” by his telling, Welch is a registered Democrat in Oregon, voting records show. He cast his ballot for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential primary and Hillary Clinton in the general election, he said.
The 38-year-old line cook is also no stranger to street protests in Portland. He said he attended the Women’s March held during the weekend of Donald Trump’s inauguration.
This summer, Welch, who works six days a week at a catering company, stopped by the Occupy ICE encampment on his days off to bring protesters water, toilet paper and sunblock, he said.
But he made the mistake of carrying an American flag. And that nearly proved fatal.
That is why Welch said he decided to show up to the counter-protest with an American flag, an emblem more common among the conservative activists than those who have demonstrated against them.
“The right and certainly a lot of smaller groups like Patriot Prayer might rush to things like the flag and try to take it up as, ‘This is our symbol exclusively,’” he said. “Part of my thinking was to take it back.”
But the left, the real left, hates America. That’s why NFL black nationalists protest the anthem. It’s why Bernie Sanders has praised every Communist dictatorship he could find while denouncing America. And it’s why Welch was attacked.
As he carried his flag, two people dressed in black and covering their faces approached Welch and demanded he turn it over to them, calling it “a fascist symbol,” he said.
Welch refused, and the counter-protesters ripped it out of his hands, he said.
Welch wouldn’t relinquish the flag.
Video captured by Mike Bivins, a freelance journalist, shows what happened next.
As Welch and the counter-protesters wrangle over the flag, another masked counter-protester begins to strike Welch’s body from behind using a weapon concealed in black fabric.
That person then uses the weapon to club Welch on the back of the head, causing him to collapse instantly. The demonstrator with the weapon wanders off.
“My bones turned to Jell-O and I just went down,” said Welch, who believes he was struck with a metal object affixed to the end of the weapon.
The video shows a crowd of onlookers watching as Welch lay on the ground in a fetal position. Another counter-protester, holding a shield, appears to stand above the injured man and jabs him with a makeshift weapon.
“I remember thinking there was a very good chance that I could be beaten to death,” Welch said.
This is the anti-American hate group endorsed by top Democrats like accused domestic abuser Rep. Keith Ellison.
Democratic National Committee deputy chairman Keith Ellison is facing backlash online after he tweeted a smiling photo of himself holding a copy of “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook,” a book that has been criticized as promoting left-wing violence.
“At @MoonPalaceBooks and I just found the book that strike fear in the heart of @realDonaldTrump,” Mr. Ellison, Minnesota Democrat, tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
Can Ellison be trusted to enforce the law against Antifa if he becomes Attorney General?