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'In Defense of Looting' author tells Twitter followers to 'ATTACK' police — yet her account is still active

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'This is not the time for defense, respectability, reorganization. We gotta take what we got and throw it at the motherf***ers...'

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The author of "In Defense of Looting" — which argues that "stealing goods and destroying property are direct, pragmatic strategies of wealth redistribution" — told her Twitter followers to "ATTACK" law enforcement Sunday, noting that "this is not the time for defense, respectability, reorganization. We gotta take what we got and throw it at the motherf***ers."

Yet Vicky Osterweil's Twitter account — while having shifted to protected status in the wake of publicity over her words — was still active Tuesday morning despite her apparent violation of Twitter's policies.

What did she say?

Conservative author and Antifa expert Andy Ngo pointed out Osterweil's tweets Monday, saying she was "inciting violence & terrorist attacks through her Twitter account."

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"My shrill a** self thinks there's only one thing to do. ATTACK," she tweeted. "This is not the time for defense, respectability, reorganization. We gotta take what we got and throw it at the motherf***ers, because at the moment those two pincers (anti-trans, anti-protest) are deeply unpopular."

Minutes later Osterweil added another tweet:

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Ngo added that Osterweil soon "locked down" her Twitter account "so that she cannot be reported for inciting violence & terrorism."

It appeared she had a few things to say about Ngo as well:

Image source: Twitter

What was the reaction?

More than a few folks didn't take too kindly to Osterweil's words:

  • "People like her will talk and act tough right up until the bullets start flying at them," one commenter remarked.
  • "She is a nasty despicable human!" another user declared.
  • "People like her end up medicated on a psych ward if they and we are lucky," another user noted.
  • "We see the problem here," another commenter said. "But Twitter let's [sic] their violent rhetoric go on without any redeeming social value."

Anything else?

Osterweil's suggestion to "ATTACK" police coincided with far-left U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) telling Minnesota protesters Saturday to "get more confrontational" if the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial doesn't go their way.

In the aftermath, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) promised to bring action against Waters if Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) doesn't act. And it appears that Pelosi will not.

The judge in the Chauvin trial blasted Waters for her "abhorrent" comments, and while Judge Peter Cahill said that they could lead to the overturn of the trial if the defense chooses to appeal the verdict, he didn't grant a mistrial Monday.

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