[Rushtalk] Biden administration ‘refuses’ to clamp down on ‘left-wing political violence’ in Portland, GOP lawmakers claim

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Wed Jun 16 10:45:57 MDT 2021

Biden administration ‘refuses’ to clamp down on ‘left-wing political
violence’ in Portland, GOP lawmakers claim 

9 Jun, 2021 08:48 
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Biden administration ‘refuses’ to clamp down on ‘left-wing political
violence’ in Portland, GOP lawmakers claim
Andy Ngo, a Portland-based journalist, is seen covered in unknown
substance after unidentified Rose City Antifa members attacked him on
June 29, 2019 in Portland, Oregon ©  Getty Images/AFP Moriah
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A group of Republican lawmakers has called on the DOJ to ensure that
Andy Ngo and other journalists are able to report safely from Portland,
claiming that the government has turned a blind eye to ‘left-wing’
violence in the city. 
In a letter addressed to Attorney General Merrick Garland, five GOP
members of the Judiciary Committee demanded that the Department of
Justice address the ongoing unrest in the Oregon city, including
physical assaults against members of the press. 

The document details a recent incident in which Ngo, whose reporting on
Antifa’s activities has made him a target of left-wing activists, was
assaulted while covering a demonstration in Portland. Ngo managed to
escape his assailants and took refuge in a nearby hotel. He was later
escorted out of the building by emergency workers and transported to the
hospital. The letter notes that Ngo had previously testified before
their committee about violent “extremism” carried out by Antifa and
other left-wing elements in Portland. 

        🚨#BREAKING: @RepDanBishop, @Jim_Jordan, @RepAndyBiggsAZ,
        @RepMikeJohnson, and @RepBentz demand information from AG
        Garland on how DOJ is using federal civil rights law to protect
        @MrAndyNgo and other journalists from Antifa’s orchestrated
        campaign of violence and intimidation.
        — House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) June 8, 2021
“We have repeatedly urged the Biden Administration to address the
left-wing violence in Portland. Your refusal to do so has only
emboldened these radical agitators to the degree that they feel
comfortable targeting and viciously attacking a member of the press,”
the lawmakers wrote. 

The letter claimed that Representative Jim Jordan, a ranking member of
the Judiciary Committee, sent two written requests asking the DOJ about
how it plans to protect federal property being targeted by activists in
Portland, and that both messages were ignored. The Republican lawmakers
accused the government of “tacit acceptance of left-wing political
violence” in the city which will “only incentivize further violence and
attacks” on journalists. 

The congressmen argued that the Department of Justice has an obligation
to protect Ngo and other reporters from “violence and intimidation,” and
inquired about current efforts to identify and prosecute individuals
involved in assaults against Ngo and his fellow journalists. The
lawmakers also asked the DOJ to provide information about what actions
it was taking to prevent further assaults against the press from

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Ngo was reportedly chased down and beaten on May 28 after activists
spotted him at a rally marking the anniversary of Portland’s first
protest against the killing of George Floyd.

“I was chased, attacked and beaten by a masked mob, baying for my
blood,” Ngo wrote in a statement detailing the ordeal. “Had I not been
able to shelter wounded and bleeding inside a hotel while they beat the
doors and windows like animals, there is no doubt in my mind I would not
be here today.”

The journalist called on local and federal authorities to “act” before
“Antifa operatives hiding behind their masks succeed in murdering an
American journalist on their watch.” He also urged members of the media
to speak out against violence and intimidation tactics being used
against reporters in Portland. 

Ngo has been physically assaulted by Antifa before. In 2019, the
conservative journalists suffered a brain hemorrhage and a ripped
earlobe after being attacked by left-wing activists at an event in


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