President Donald Trump mocked the notoriously violent group Antifa for ganging up on and beating up individuals in the streets who are defenseless against the leftist mob.
During Thursday's social media summit at the White House, Trump called attention to Antifa's brutal beatdown of conservative journalist Andy Ngo in Portland late last month, noting he "got slugged viciously" and calling it a "disgrace."
With that, the president ridiculed Antifa members for their curious lack of courage.
'They don't go after Bikers for Trump, you ever notice that?'
"You ever notice they pick on certain people?" Trump observed. "I mean, [Ngo] would tell you he's not the toughest person in the world physically, right? They don't go after Bikers for Trump, you ever notice that? They don't go after our construction workers who love us. They don't go after the police."
With the room in stitches, Trump continued his Antifa takedown.
"They live, like, in the basement of their mom's home. Their arms are this big," he said, making a tiny circle with his thumb and index finger. "Look, like this."
Trump continued: "But they have the black masks on, and they have sticks, and they hit people. They hit people in the face, in the head, this Antifa. But did you ever notice Antifa is never there when we have a bikers rally? They're never there when the construction workers and the unions are honoring the president. They're never around. They're always there when you have a single guy protesting in front of a school."
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What's the background?
Antifa purports to battle fascists but has repeatedly beaten up conservatives and others with whom they disagree politically.
Video caught Antifa members on June 29 attacking Ngo — punching him, kicking him, throwing objects at him — after which he was hospitalized. Ngo, who edits for Quillette, told Fox News' Tucker Carlson that a CT scan showed he suffered a brain hemorrhage.
"All this time I kept thinking, 'Where are the police?' I could still see the Multnomah County Justice Center in front of me, but no police ever arrived," he told Fox News. "I eventually stumbled away bleeding across the park, and I lost my balance. So I sat down on the ground in front of the courthouse, and from there a medic SWAT team informed me that in order to get in an ambulance to be taken to a hospital I would have to walk to the police precinct — in other words, walk back in the direction of the demonstrators who just attacked me."
Ngo's attorney Harmeet Dhillon tweeted that a police officer told his client that cops "didn't want to 'incite' the Antifa mob by doing their jobs to protect citizens. Whose order was that?"
"(Portland) Mayor (Ted Wheeler) is denying that there was a stand-down order, but see the video and judge for yourself," Dhillon added.But Wheeler denied the accusation and even told Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to "get your facts straight" after Cruz accused Wheeler of ordering Portland cops to let Antifa attack citizens in the streets.