As the group Antifa becomes more and more violent and out-of-control following the election of President Trump three years ago, a professor at Pacific Lutheran University has said he strongly supports violence towards people “anti-fascist” activists choose to call Nazis or fascists.

A counter-protester wears a jacket with an Antifa symbol during an alt-right rally on August 17, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

 The professor’s stated support included violence against independent journalist Andy Ngo, severely beaten in Portland while covering a protest in June. It includes violence against individuals who pose no immediate physical threat.

 The attack on Ngo, who is not a fascist, was unprovoked. The beating was so severe that Ngo was hospitalized with bleeding on the brain.

“He’s not just a journalist,” said Nordic Studies professor Troy Storfjell, of Ngo. “I don’t have a problem with it. There are children dying of lack of medication in concentration camps in the U.S. If one fascist gets a milkshake thrown at him… And beaten up. I don’t have a problem with it.”

 Matt Calkins, a columnist for the Seattle Times, recently published a piece about the concern of some Seattle soccer fans over the decision by members of the independent soccer fan club Emerald City Supporters (ECS) to fly the Iron Front flag, an Antifa symbol, at games of the Seattle Sounders, a Major League Soccer franchise.

 While most ECS members wouldn’t speak to Calkins, not trusting mainstream media, professor Storfjell and his son did an interview. Storfjell said he is a professor at the school and even teaches a course on fascism. His positions alarmed Calkins, including that “Hell yes” he does support “violence against fascists.”

 Antifa members routinely condemn all conservatives as Nazis and all law enforcement as fascists, and use this labeling as justification for violence, threats and hateful rhetoric.

 And as with most leftist extremism these days, Storfjell’s vitriol appears to trace back to the election of Donald Trump in 2016: “We have a president who, if he isn’t fascist, certainly makes room for fascism, encourages fascism,” Storfjell told Calkins. “I’m not going to go into the ins and out of is he fascist or just fascist friendly, but under him, the fascism that’s already been there, is growing and spreading.”

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TRUMP:  Trump To Give ‘Start Your Engines’ Command At Dayton

President Donald Trump will give the command for drivers to start their engines before the Daytona 500.

Daytona International Speedway officials named Trump the grand marshal for NASCAR’s season opener, meaning he will deliver the most famous four words in auto racing. “Gentleman, start your engines,” has been a staple of races around the country and world for decades.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said Thursday the president plans to attend the race. Track president Chip Wile confirmed the news in a release.

“Daytona International Speedway has been privileged to have hosted several sitting presidents of the United States over our history,” Wile said. “We’re honored that the president of the United States has chosen to experience the pageantry and excitement of ‘The Great American Race.’”

Trump is the third sitting president to attend a race at Daytona, but only the second to attend the Daytona 500. George W. Bush attended in 2004. Trump is the first to be given an honorary role in pre-race ceremonies.

Trump is scheduled to spend part of the Presidents Day weekend at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a flight restriction for Sunday and the U.S. Secret Service, which is responsible for presidential security, also tweeted to fans that drones are prohibited within 30 miles of the race in Daytona Beach — a restriction put in place for presidential visits.

Trump has hosted previous NASCAR champions at the White House and last October awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to motorsports titan Roger Penske. Last year, Trump also praised retired driver Mario Andretti, the Daytona 500 winner in 1967, reminiscing about a ride Andretti gave him in a race car for his reality show “The Apprentice.”

“I said, ‘Mario, get me out of here. I want to get out of this car,’” Trump recalled. “We went so fast. We literally — we covered four blocks in like a second.”

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