This week I wrote a column on how Antifa and related groups are destroying free speech at academic institutions across the country with the help of enabling, sympathetic faculty. I just saw this earlier video from a few months ago of an assault near the law school on our campus. Antifa activists harassed a conservative Rebel filmmaker, Jack Posobiec, and then a young man assaulted him. The man was later identified asSydney Ramsey-LaRee, 24. When GW police intervene, the attacker immediately claims to be the victim in the video below. I was unaware of this earlier assault and wanted to share the video. Fortunately, we have not seen the type of violence at other universities like Berkeley.
The Rebel is a Canadian conservative media outlet that has been criticized for provocative, far-right positions. Posobiec has been criticized for alleged plagarism and staging of events.
The Hatchet reported that
“Posobiec said the man rode up on a bicycle and after members of the D.C. Anti-Fascist Coalition called him a “Nazi,” he punched Posobiec in the hand.
‘He screamed ‘Where’s the Nazi? Where’s the Nazi? And then a bunch of them pointed at me and said ‘He’s the Nazi. He’s the Nazi.’”
However, this film crew was entirely within their rights to be at GW on a public street. The unprovoked attack was witnessed by one of our officers who immediately intervened. The protester then expressed shock at being held and insisted that it was “self defense.” Of course, this is a common rationalization for Antifa and related protest groups. Dartmouth Professor Mark Bray, the author of a book entitled “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook” is one of the chief enablers of these protesters and says that they view their anti-speech actions as “community self-defense.”
Regretfully, it was only a matter of time before these violent protesters came to our campus. GW has a good history in working with protesters as shown recently during my debate with John Yoo. However, as discussed in my column, these protesters reject basic principles of free speech and “liberal democracy” in favor of intimidation and violence directed at those with whom they disagree. The dishonesty shown by this young man in claiming self-defense only magnifies the extremist values of this group. They have repeatedly shown no recognition of aPosny responsibility for their property damage or physical assaults — let alone their open campaign against the exercise of free speech.
This is the face of Antifa and what it represents for our educational institutions.