The Andy Ngo Verdict: Antifa Wins
It should’ve been a slam-dunk civil trial, but the antifa-controlled city of Portland had other ideas.
We all remember the attack (language warning). How could we forget it? How could we forget such a vile and cowardly act of mob violence against a single unarmed man — and a journalist, no less?
BREAKING: Today begins the trial of @MrAndyNgo vs. Rose City Antifa, et al.— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) July 31, 2023
Ngo is seeking nearly $1 million in damages from alleged Antifa violence, which began in 2019 in Portland, Oregon.
The trial is expected to last at minimum 5 days. Reporting by @KatieDaviscourt 🧵 pic.twitter.com/OyKq6qdLfZ
“I was chased, attacked and beaten by a masked mob, baying for my blood,” Andy Ngo wrote five days after the assault, which took place on the one-year anniversary of Portland’s George Floyd protest. “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 George Floyd affiliation is a clever one because it has helped to insulate the mostly white, mostly privileged punks of antifa from justice, as any such efforts would be seen as racist.
And sure enough, in the case of the gay son of Vietnamese refugees against Rose City Antifa and its alleged affiliated members, a Portland jury found both defendants John Colin Hacker and Elizabeth Renee Richter not liable in the civil case brought against them by Ngo. As The Post Millennial, for which Ngo is a senior editor, reports, “Ngo filed a complaint in Portland, Oregon, in 2020, claiming assault and other injuries over alleged acts of violence carried out by members of Antifa, which began in 2019.”
Ngo rightly accused defendants Hacker and Richter, both alleged to be antifa doxxers, of assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Ngo rightly sought nearly $1 million in total damages, and the civil case was argued before a jury for more than a week at the Multnomah County Courthouse.
But to no avail — at least not to those with a modicum of respect for Rule of Law. Indeed, this was two-tiered justice at its worst.
These people are domestic terrorists. Full stop. And yet they won. In the case of Andy Ngo v. Terrorists, the terrorists won.
As PJ Media’s Victoria Taft reports: “The trial was marred by intimidation tactics — not just from the attackers but from their attorney who declared to the unidentified jury members, ‘I am Antifa’ and ‘I will remember each one of your faces.’ We’re talking Godfather stuff here.”
“I will remember each one of your faces”? Good grief. If this is true — and we have no reason to believe that it isn’t — how is it not grounds for disbarment?
Here’s how the Leftmedia scum from The Daily Beast covered this miscarriage of justice against one of their journalistic colleagues: “Activists Cleared After Right-Wing Troll Andy Ngô Accuses Them of Assault,” read their headline.
So when a journalist who’s been repeatedly targeted by a lawless and violent organization tries to report on their activities without drawing attention to himself, he’s a “right-wing troll.”
This isn’t the first time Portland has failed to defend a journalist from the mob. As Taft reports: “I sat in a Multnomah County courtroom in the trial of another journalist who was beaten by Antifa members and who pulled a pistol to fend off a second attack in 2016. Not a shot was fired, the second attack was thwarted, and instead of prosecuting his attackers, woke politicians went after Mike Strickland for showing his gun. He went to jail.”
Taft continues: “After Antifa took Strickland off the board — probation rules halted this now-convicted felon’s ability to continue plying his then-booming YouTube and other video work about the left in Portland and Seattle — Antifa started going after other right-leaning independent reporters, including a fledgling reporter named Andy Ngo. Ngo was a witness in Strickland’s trial. He took what Strickland started and continued highlighting Antifa violence and intimidation on Portland streets and the group’s corrosive effect on the psyche of the once-peaceful Rose City.”
Harmeet Dhillon, whose Center for American Liberty represented Ngo, had this to say after the verdict: “When we started [the Center for American Liberty] to stand up for the First Amendment and other civil rights of clients who would otherwise have gone unrepresented, [Andy Ngo’s] case was the first one we took. Antifa thugs had repeatedly used violence in Portland to intimidate and silence journalists and ordinary citizens, including Andy. But Andy would NOT be silenced. Though we lost against these two defendants today, we won a settlement with one of the individual defendants, and took the defaults of three of them who failed to show up for court.”
Never mind that Portland is a failed city — a city in which violent, far-left, nihilistic fascists operate with impunity. What we should mind, instead, is the city’s failure to enforce the law, protect its citizens, and render a just verdict for a vile attack on a journalist whose reporting they didn’t like.
This is what the Left does. And Portland is the embodiment of it.
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