Paul Welch, an anti-fascist protester, brought an American flag to a demonstration in Portland recently. Welch was one of many progressive Portland residents who came to the rally to show their opposition to a right-wing rally held at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. He told The Oregonian that he didn’t come to the demonstration as part of a group, but that he was “just protesting outsiders coming here for their tacitly fascist event.”
Antifa members demanded that he ditch the flag. He refused. So, the Antifa thugs brutally attacked him, clubbing him in the back of the head until he lay on the ground in a pool of his own blood. Welch said, “My bones turned to Jell-o and I just went down.” He believes there was a metal object affixed to the end of the club which struck him. A video of the assault exists showing a crowd of onlookers watching as he lays on the ground in a fetal position, as another counter-protester, holding a shield, stands above him and jabs him with a makeshift weapon.
Welch said, “I remember thinking there was a very good chance that I could be beaten to death.”
Antifa members called the American Flag “a fascist symbol,” proving beyond a shadow of a doubt both their hatred of the country and their astounding, terrifying ignorance. Not that long ago, Japan attacked the United States without warning, killing thousands of Americans on a sleepy Sunday morning. Germany did not attack Pearl Harbor. Still, incredibly, the Americans agreed with the British that the war against Nazi Germany would come first. Hundreds of thousands of young Americans were killed or wounded-- thousands of miles from their homeland-- as they liberated Europe from odious, fascist Nazi rule.
Anyone-- any group, any government, any entity, any nation-- claiming the flag of the United States in any way stands for fascism…..is either preposterously ignorant, demented, or actively engaged in promoting ideological evil…illogically.
Decent people disdain bullies. Conservatives disdain bullies. The United States was founded on opposition to arrogant, power-mad bullies. The antifa members involved in this senseless attack should have had the living (bull)shit kicked out of them. I only wish I had been there to help justice be served.