By now, folks on the right are used to seeing Antifa stirring up trouble, especially in places like Portland. After all, that’s kind of what we expect from Antifa now.
However, Antifa isn’t the only one who could potentially get violent. After all, the gunman in the Alexandria shooting wasn’t part of Antifa. Antifa wasn’t really much of a thing when that shooting took place, truth be told.
The truth is, for the side that preaches a lot of tolerance, there sure are a lot of folks on their side ready to kill those who think differently.
For example, we have a guy with a knife who was arrested outside the White House for wanting to kill President Trump.
A knifeman arrested outside the White House wanted to assassinate US President Donald Trump, according to a report.
Roger Hedgpeth, 25, is said to have told a Secret Service officer ‘I am here to assassinate President Donald Trump… I have a knife to do it with’.
The suspect, from Florida, has apparently been described as a ‘critically missing/endangered person’ and a ‘mental health consumer’ in a police report.
He was arrested around a block away from the White House on Saturday for threatening to kill the President and carrying a prohibited weapon.
He had a 3.5-inch knife in a sheath attached to his left hip and an empty pistol holster on his right hip.
Of course, it’s easy to dismiss someone like Hedgpeth. The guy has some serious issues, apparently, and wasn’t a viable threat to the president’s life. After all, in this day and age, one would be very hard-pressed to get close enough to the Commander-in-Chief to stab him to death.
Honestly, in and of itself, this is a minor story. Every president gets these kinds of threats, so nothing concerning.
The problem for me is that it came on the heels of this attack.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a van drove through the Republican Party of Duval County’s tent while they were registering voters Saturday afternoon.
The Republican Party of Duval County had six volunteers at the Kernan Village shopping center where they were registering voters. JSO reported that around 3:45 p.m., an older brown van, driven by a white man in his early 20s, approached the tent. He then drove right through the table and tent with his van. The suspect then stopped, got out of the van and took a video of the scene, flipped off the victims and fled. As of now, the suspect has not been identified.
Mark Alfieri was volunteering at the tent with five women.
He said the van came to within a half of a foot of people.
“Kind of out of the blue, a man approached us in a van, was waving at us, kind of a friendly demeanor, thought he was coming up to talk to us, instead he accelerated his vehicle and plowed right into our tent, our tables,” Alfieri said.
“After he ran over everything, he backed up, took out a cell phone, kind of recorded the damage, made some obscene gestures at us and then proceeded to leave the complex,” Alfieri said.
The suspect was apprehended. I don’t want to give his name because I don’t want this guy to become famous and to spur other potential attacks.
Luckily, no one was hurt, but that was a near thing. As noted, the van reportedly came very close to people. It could have been a very different story for me to write about today.
Make no mistake, this was politically motivated. This was an attack with a deadly weapon (yes, a van qualifies as a deadly weapon) against people engaging in a lawful activity. This is disgusting, but do not think this is the end of it, either.
The 2016 election was quite contentious. We saw fairly low-level violence follow President Trump him at many places he went as a then-candidate. Now, I fear the violence is escalating. It’s only a matter of time before these turdnuggets actually hurt or kill someone. We’ve been fortunate that they haven’t yet.
And let’s face it, we’re not immune to such turdnuggets on this side of the fence, either.
Regardless of where you stand politically, it’s a good idea to arm yourself, get training, learn the relevant laws where you are, and then plan how you will deal with such life-threatening actions should you be unfortunate enough to come face to face with one.
In the meantime, dig in. I have a feeling it’s going to be a bumpy campaign season.