When it comes to Antifa protests, Republican National Lawyers Association Vice President Harmeet Dhillon is calling on law enforcement to step up to the plate.
Harmeet is the attorney for conservative journalist Andy Ngo, who was attacked local Antifa members in Portland, Oregon while covering a protest between the group and white supremacist Proud Boys group in late June, as IJR Red previously noted. He was reportedly hit was a milkshake that contained a concrete mixture, and was beaten — suffering a brain bleed from the attack.
The attack on Ngo resulted in people questioning where the police were during the violence and called into question Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s (D-Ore.) inaction against Antifa. As IJR Red also reported, the mayor recently claimed he “wasn’t even in the United States” during the protest but was “with my family in Ecuador on a wildlife tour.”
Appearing on Fox Business’ “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” Dhillon said what was “fortunate” about the attack on her client is that it “brought attention to a movement … that’s been growing in America for several years, and most Americans don’t know about it.” She added that Americans “better know about it because these people are organizing, recruiting, and planning to disrupt our elections in 2020.”
Dhillon — who is the Republican National Committee National Committeewoman for California — called on law enforcement to crack down on the Antifa protests.
“I think we are using old tools and old methods, and we are not are not catching up with the current political reality, which is we have a number of people in America — including these people who have no respect for our laws … and really want to overthrow our government. […] So America better wake up to this.”
She continued to add that “where local authorities have failed, and even where they haven’t failed, that they need more help. It is the job of the civil rights division. It is the job of the criminal division to step in and help.”
“We would sure love to see some action,” the lawyer added.
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“Time and time again, their actions have demonstrated that their only purpose is to inflict harm on those who oppose their views,” Cruz said. “The hate and violence they spread must be stopped, and I am proud to introduce this resolution with Senator Cassidy to properly identify what Antifa are: domestic terrorists.”
President Donald Trump also recently weighed in on Antifa.
“Consideration is being given to declaring ANTIFA, the gutless Radical Left Wack Jobs who go around hitting (only non-fighters) people over the heads with baseball bats, a major Organization of Terror (along with MS-13 & others),” he tweeted on Saturday. “Would make it easier for police to do their job!”