A group of gay Republicans are calling out the ‘leftist agenda’ for not reporting on the attack of a conservative gay journalist.
It all started when journalist Andy Ngo attended an anti-facist rally in Portland on Saturday (29 June).
As he was moving through the crowd, people began punching and kicking him, as well as throwing quick-drying cement and milkshakes over him. The crowd began to cheer at the violence, as Ngo hurriedly tried to escape.
As a result of the attack, the gay journalist checked himself into hospital and then shared photos and videos of his injuries.
‘I just got beaten up by the crowd,’ he said in one video. ‘No police at all’.
He then added: ‘They stole my go-pro and punched me several times in my face — in my head — and I’m bleeding.’
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) June 29, 2019
The gay journalist then tweeted: ‘On way to hospital. Was beat on face and head multiple times in downtown in middle of street with fists and weapons. Suspects at large.’
In the ER. pic.twitter.com/spe5N4nzVl
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) June 29, 2019
In response to the attack, right-wing media widely reported on it.
In fact, Ngo’s friend Michelle Malkin set up an online fundraiser to ‘help him continue his invaluable work’. At the time of writing, the GoFundMe page has over $170,000 in donations.
Now, the Log Cabin Republicans — a group of LGBTI conservatives — are calling out the silence of the mainstream media.
Log Cabin Republicans national spokesman Charles Moran labeled the media silence ‘reprehensible’.
‘It is audacious that a group of armed domestic terrorists like Antifa would roam the streets of Portland and seek out a member of our LGBTI Asian-Pacific Islander community to harm and commit acts of violence against,’ Moran said. ‘It is even more reprehensible that members of our own so-called equality organizations like HRC would allow their spokesperson to openly circulate the notion that he deserved it because he is a conservative.’
Moran is referring to Charlotte Clymer, press secretary to the Human Rights Campaign, who tweeted about the attack.
Clymer called Ngo a ‘snivelling weasel’ and wrote: ‘Andy Ngo intentionally provokes people on the left to drive his content.
‘Being attacked today on video taken by an actual journalist (because Ngo is definitely not) is the greatest thing that could have happened to his career. You know it. I know it. He knows it. We all know it,’ she tweeted.
Andy Ngo intentionally provokes people on the left to drive his content. Being attacked today on video taken by an actual journalist (because Ngo is definitely not) is the greatest thing that could have happened to his career.
You know it. I know it. He knows it. We all know it.
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) June 30, 2019
Log Cabin Republicans’ Charles Moran then continued: ‘The silence from Gay, Inc. is deafening, and sends the message that the community will only defend you if you subscribe to its leftist agenda.’
The organization condemned the violence and applauded Senator Ted Cruz in calling for a federal investigation into the attack.
‘We will stand up for Andy’s civil rights even while other LGBTQ groups stay silent,’ he said.
Andy Ngo’s track record
Andy Ngo is an independent journalist who works with the right-wing online magazine Quillette.
He has a history of battling with anti-fascist groups.
In 2018, he gained attention for a piece he wrote in the Wall Street Journal about the Muslim population dominating London’s Whitechapel.
‘Other tourists might remember London for Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus and Big Ben,’ Ngo wrote in the piece. ‘I’ll remember it for its failed multiculturalism. Or perhaps this is what successful multiculturalism looks like.’
One response to the piece said Ngo was ‘engaged in a weak attempt to skew facts and promote fear of Muslims’.
On another occasion, he tweeted a short section of video from an interfaith panel at Pennsylvania State University, where he was an editor for the student newspaper.
The video showed a Muslim student saying that ‘apostates will be killed or banished in an Islamic state’, making international headlines.
The student newspaper fired Ngo because the short clip ‘misrepresented the student and put them in personal danger.
Ngo has also previously tried to discredit the ‘epidemic’ of transgender violence, calling them ‘hate crime hoaxes’.
He’s also attended a ‘HimToo’ rally in the past, an event meant to draw attention to men facing false accusations following the worldwide #MeToo movement.