Conservatives are under assault.
In another incident in a string of attacks, protesters at the University of California at Santa Cruz bashed a College Republicans information table, with one reportedly spitting on a U.S. flag.
A video posted on social media shows two protesters ripping up placards. One is seen appearing to spit on a 13-star “Betsy Ross” American flag laying on the ground and calls it a symbol of “white supremacy.”
Leftist attacks College Republicans tabling for free speech @ucsc!
SPITS on American flag and calls it a symbol of “white supremacy”!
UC Santa Cruz still silent about this incident of political violence. Updates as story develops. pic.twitter.com/0sELEnKOQe
— Hayden Williams (@HaydenTWilliams) February 13, 2020
Dylan Temple, president of the College Republicans chapter at UC Santa Cruz, told the Post Millennial that the incident began after one of the protesters grabbed one of the group’s flags.
“The Post Millennial can report that one of the assailants who destroyed a College Republicans booth and assaulted a tabler at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has been identified as 23-year-old queer activist, Martina Martin, who also uses the name Artimus Martin.”
On Feb. 7, Martin and another young woman were filmed vandalizing the booth at Quarry Plaza on the UCSC campus. Martin, who uses “they” and “them” pronouns, can be seen taking the lead on the attack by trying to forcibly yank a “Trump 2020” flag from Hayden Williams, who was tabling at the booth and was scheduled as a guest speaker later that day.
“This is a flag of white supremacy,” Martin says in the video, which has since gone viral after being uploaded this week. As the two tussle over the flag, chairs and items are knocked over before Martin shoves Williams to the ground. Martin then tears down the booth’s banner and spits on the Betsy Ross flag before fleeing from the scene with the accomplice, who had torn up a sign.
The video does not show what happened before the vandalism began but Dylan Temple, president of College Republicans at UCSC, says the incident started when Martin tried to steal a flag. He says the incident was immediately reported to campus police.
The incident was yet another in a string of violent attacks against conservatives. In one attack in Florida, a driver smashed his van into a Republican voter-registration tent in a Jacksonville shopping center parking lot, barely missing six volunteers. The man then got out of his vehicle and recorded video of the smashed tent before fleeing.
Today in Jacksonville, Florida six Trump Campaign volunteers were intentionally targeted while registering voters. pic.twitter.com/0wzaCYh5ut
— Duval County GOP (@DuvalGOP) February 8, 2020
In another incident, an unidentified woman allegedly punched a retired New York City police officer who was wearing MAGA-style attire in a Tennessee bar. Then, in New Hampshire, a man allegedly assaulted a 15-year-old Trump supporter and two adults near a polling site during the state’s primary election.
Fox News reported that Windham Police Department arrested Patrick Bradley, 34, and charged him with simple assault and disorderly conduct.
“Police said the incident happened Tuesday as Bradley exited the voting location inside the high school and was walking by a Trump campaign tent occupied by several supporters,” Fox News reported. “As he passed by the tent, police said, Bradley slapped a 15-year old juvenile across the face and then assaulted two other adults who attempted to intercede.”
Bradley was also accused of throwing Trump signs and trying to destroy the tent.