Well, we didn’t need to dig into the imagination bin very deeply to foresee this.
And we surely didn’t need to reach deeply into that same bin to foresee the predictable quasi-moral outrage of the left and MSM either, did we?
PopMedia will stop at nothing in order to adulate and sanctify a religion sated with hate, violence and oppression for the sake of criticizing Western civilization, and now that there are hints Jeremy Christian dabbled in the alt-right scene, the Left’s salivation is downright oceanic.
[Jeremy] Christian had been a prominent and vocal participant in recent “alt-right” rallies in Portland. At a “free speech rally” in Montavilla City Park on 29 April he was captured on video wrapped in an American flag, giving Nazi salutes.
— Mike Bivins (@itsmikebivins) April 29, 2017
Whenever an example of right-wing “extremism” bubbles to the surface, the Left digs its jaws into it while neglecting to address the broader issues from which such reactions were instigated. We can’t all be as sweet and accepting as they…surely there is nothing wrong with self-protective displays of anger to external attacks by murderous marauders?
Christian’s Facebook page revealed obsessive concern with far right themes. In recent weeks he posted memes and other material attacking “anti-fascist” protesters who have clashed with various “alt-right” rallies around the country. In the lead-up to the April rally, he posted: “Looking for a couple guys or gals down to unmask anyone wear[ing] a mask at the upcoming Free Speech March”, referring to the antifascist practice of disguising protesters’ identities.
Christian also posted openly antisemitic and neo-Nazi material. On 9 May, he claimed to have challenged Nuremberg prosecutor Ben Ferencz to a debate, in which “I will defend the Nazis”. The same day, he posted “Hail Vinland!!! Hail Victory!!!”, combining a familiar catchphrase that was used at a post-election rally by the activist Richard Spencer with the far-right concept of “Vinland”.
The attack on Friday came just a week before another “free speech rally” in downtown Portland, planned for 4 June. The event is being organized by Patriot Prayer, the group that organized the event in April, and will feature a number of national “alt-right” celebrities. Anti-fascists are organizing a counter-protest.
One of the main anti-fascist groups organizing that protest, Rose City Antifa, issued a rare press release late on Saturday. It said Christian was “merely one of many white supremacists who attended a number of recent rallies organized by Vancouver, Washington video blogger Joey Gibson”. Gibson leads the Patriot Prayer group.
Rose City Antifa recommitted to opposing the “free speech” rally next Saturday, saying that “on 4 June the Portland community will say ‘No!’ to fascism, as a warning to white supremacists that their organizing will not be tolerated in our communities”.
The irony is delicious; antifa’s counter-demonstration of a free speech rally, redolent of their own brand of fascism, but no one in PopMedia calls it that.