Nothing is off limits when it comes to violent leftists. Not even a vigil for Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman killed on Saturday in Charlottesville, is safe from the angry mobs.
On Sunday, the president of Ithaca College’s chapter of College Republicans was attacked at the memorial event by a masked member of the fascist group Antifa. Young America’s Foundation has the story:
Caleb Slater, a conservative student and the president of the Ithaca College Republicans, recently attended YAF’s 39th Annual National Conservative Student Conference, where he received a baseball cap with the Young America’s Foundation logo and our slogan, “The Conservative Movement Starts Here,” printed on the back. Caleb chose to wear his YAF hat when he attended a vigil in Syracuse, New York, for the victims of last weekend’s violent clash in Charlottesville.
“I wore my Young America’s Foundation hat to the rally as a symbol of peace,” Caleb explained. “I wore the hat to show that conservatives condemn the actions of the alt-right just as much as anyone else in our culture.” It was this hat that earned Caleb the attention of antifa supporters at the same rally, and led to a violent attack caught on camera.
Slater said that about an hour into the vigil, he noticed someone flipping him off and alerting other Antifa members of his presence.
“Are you with right wing media? Why do you have the f***ing hat on? You’re with Young America’s Foundation?” a female Antifa asked Slater.
“We don’t want you here,” she added. Slater describes what happened next:
At this point I turned on my camera, because I did not know what they planned on doing to me. She got more aggressive and antifa supporters surrounded me, like a pack of wolves. One member tried to grab my camera, to which I latched hard to, so that they would not damage my personal property.
Another member of antifa took the hat off my head, screamed more expletives and tossed my YAF hat away. It was at this moment the camera stopped rolling, as someone pressed the record button on my camera and then proceeded to yank on the strap of my camera, choking me. Three or four of them then proceeded to continue to scream, “We don’t want you here!” while grabbing me by my button up shirt and dragging me off Clinton Square and into the street. This was NOT a blocked off road and cars were present. I could have gotten run over and they did not care.
Slater heard the mob chanting, “No Trump, no KKK, Nazi go away.” He told them, “I am in fact not a neonazi, but a first generation born half Dominican, half African American whose grandfather was a civil rights activist.”
“I was attacked for being a conservative, Antifa targeted me, shortly after seeing a Young America’s Foundation hat,” Slater said. “My crime was wearing a hat on public property and I was assaulted for it.”
“Nobody came to help me, none of the local media groups caught this on camera. I did not see any authorities in the area to prevent this kind of unlawful behavior,” he added. “The entire event was held on public property and they had no right to physically remove me from the event.”
Slater said he was approached after the attack by the Syracuse Black Lives Matter organization which hosted the vigil and received an apology for the behavior, but not without scolding him for wearing a hat that some “interpret to be radical.” (Oh, so he asked for it? Isn't that the cardinal sin of victim blaming?)
Slater said this incident proves that, “Antifa has grown to the length where a conservative student can’t even mourn the loss of US life without the fear of being terrorized."
Watch the footage above.