For some reason, the words “proper discourse” have lost meaning in the modern world. Conversing, shouting, even cussing is not enough for some people. As Campus Reform has observed today, this problem is only growing as a “University of Washington student was arrested Wednesday for throwing paint on College Republicans.”
The G.O.P. students were hosting ” a pro-gun panel at the club” when ANTIFA showed up, reminding some present why the right to defend oneself needs as much attention now as ever. Diodato Boucsieguez, CR (College Republicans) group’s director of outreach, said that the leftist terrorist group had been filming the gathering earlier in the day.
A person with bright orange hair, likely affiliated with ANTIFA, was seen “watching him through the grass behind the table” for a while before the assault happened. This surely made the culprit easier to identify later.
“[The] individual walked around from my left and splashed my pants, our club banner, and other club materials with black paint,” recalled Boucsieguez. “Additionally, the school’s table and canopy were splashed with the paint.”
This behavior stands in stark contrast to the whole reason that the Constitution was written. The freedom to assemble and to speak openly is designed to make sure that actions such as these are not needed. ANTIFA, once again, has neglected these guiding principles.
After the paint splashing, culprit then took a photo of the deed and fled. Boucsiequez called the police and the suspect was easily found “outside the school’s Husky Union Building after about 15 minutes of searching.”
The next day, protesters sprawled out on the G.O.P.’s table and pretended to be napping so that the display could not be set up.
Victor Balta, a spokesperson for the University of Washington, claimed to be against the actions and promised that all information obtained from an investigation will be given to the “King County Prosecutor.”
He said, “Every student and member of our community has a right to peacefully express themselves without fear of intimidation, which is why actions like this that are clearly intended to stifle those rights are wholly unacceptable.”
Balta added, “We have protocols and policies in place to address issues of harassment, including intervention by UWPD,” Balta continued. “As with all students and organizations that face harassment, the university is taking appropriate action to protect the community and our commitment to the free exchange of ideas.”
The problem is that these seem to be only words. Boucsiequez said that the last time that ANTIFA conducted themselves in such a way, similar statements were made, but nothing was ever done.
The club is standing up for itself and has said, “We believe that political violence against free speech has no place in our great American republic. UWCR has a long track record of defending Free Speech and we intend to continue that by pressing charges and seeing that justice is served.”
The left, “punk” rock hairdo’s, and rebellion used to be about standing up for one’s rights. Now, in backward 2018, the left is fighting against freedom and everything that they once stood so proudly for.
Thankfully, there are still some brave students willing to wear the paint and face the abuse in order to remain bold in their desire to protect the Bill of Rights.