Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway slammed Antifa as “disgusting” after a video posted to Twitter showed protesters in Portland, Oregon calling an African-American law enforcement officer policing the event an “Uncle Tom.”
Over the weekend, Antifa protesters took to the streets of the City of Roses, donning their black clothes and face masks. The protests saw the antifascist group clash with the neofascist group the Proud Boys, and confrontations with the Portland police.
One police confrontation was reported by The Post Millennial, where a group of protesters started slinging insults at an African-American police officer on duty, calling him an “Uncle Tom” and a “race traitor.”
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) August 17, 2019
Conway — who has served in the Trump administration since 2017 — blasted the verbal attack on the police officer as “disgusting” in a tweet posted on Sunday.
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) August 18, 2019
Conway touched on the tweet during a Monday appearance on “Fox & Friends,” as well, saying that the Antifa protesters were “completely harassing” law enforcement officials and directed people to “go look at the tape” on Twitter.
“They are completely harassing our brave men and women in the blue,” said Conway. “One of them was hurling racial insults at an African-American police officer. I’m not even going to repeat what they said, but everyone should go look at the tape.”
Watch the video here:
Others on Twitter were not thrilled with the video either, as one user said the “logic” used by Antifa was “dangerous and unproductive.”
Check out the reactions below:
I'm so disappointed watching this video. This law enforcement officer loves his community and is working to keep it safe. How is that betraying your race? This logic is dangerous and unproductive. https://t.co/1DwiFVSzaJ
— Jeffery A Dove Jr. (@JefferyADoveJr) August 18, 2019
Antifa are everything that they pretend to oppose. https://t.co/5rjuktF8fQ
— Cory Morgan (@CoryBMorgan) August 18, 2019
I genuinely feel bad for that police officer. Just trying to do an honest day’s work. https://t.co/vKew3eMaV7
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) August 18, 2019
Do these guys even hear themselves? https://t.co/NIGzrOiT9r
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 18, 2019
Another video of the protests saw a protester with Antifa — which supposedly stands against racism — call a different African-American police officer a “coon.”
Here we see an Antifa goon calling a black officer a coon. This is Antifa. They’re racist & fascist. I feel sorry for the Portland Police. Mayor Ted approves & encourages this abusive environment. Media must ask Democrats if they denounce or endorse Antifa!pic.twitter.com/gE5WPl6QQy
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) August 18, 2019
Others had thoughts on Antifa, as well:
There seems to be something similar between Antifa and China…can't quite put my finger on it… pic.twitter.com/subGH9QXT0
— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) August 19, 2019
It’s time that we call ANTIFA what it is:
A Domestic Terrorist Organization.
This type of violent behavior has no place in a civilized society ⬇️pic.twitter.com/qW5GQhy8fh
— Students For Trump (@TrumpStudents) August 19, 2019
Here’s the truth…
Those who go to a protest wearing masks to conceal their identity while they incite violence are domestic terrorists.
It’s time we start treating ANTIFA as such. pic.twitter.com/V4r5hsnUqa
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) August 18, 2019
As IJR Red previously reported, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) pointed out the differences between the Antifa protesters in Portland and the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, calling the protest in the Rose City “a sad showing of where we are today.”