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.
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.”