A New York Democrat, who leads a congressional group responsible for administering justice, rejected any suggestion that a political movement masterminded anti-police protests in Oregon.
House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) has been caught on video denying that antifa was involved in extreme “anarchist” protests that spread in Portland and other parts of the nation since Minnesotan George Floyd died in custody on May 25.
The independently produced footage shows Nadler waiting to be picked up near the Capitol building when “Fleccas Listens” YouTuber Austen Fletcher approaches him for an impromptu interview.
“It is true there is violence across the whole country [and] do you disavow the violence from antifa that is happening in Portland now?” Fletcher can be heard saying in the video.
Nadler does not wait for Fletcher to finish his question before cutting him off and struggling to answer.
“That is, that is, that is a myth that is being spread only in Washington D.C.,” Nadler said.
The Democrat then starts walking away from Fletcher while still being asked follow-up questions.
“Sir, there are videos everywhere online,” Fletcher said. “There are fires and riots, they are throwing fireworks at federal officers [and] the Department of Homeland Security is there [too.]”
However, Nadler struggled to enter the back seat of the car and did not answer any further questions.
In a later interview, Fletcher expressed deep dissatisfaction with Nadler’s abrupt conduct while on camera.
“I was disappointed in Mr. Nadler,” he said according to The Daily Caller.
He believes Nadler appeared to have no qualms with misinformation about the protests being peaceful when they are actually violent.
“Downplaying it is one thing but pretending it does not exist, especially when the clips are going viral on social media, shows me where his priorities really are,” he said. “[He is doing] anything to maintain the narrative.”
The White House reported activists have become “increasingly aggressive” and repulsive in what appears to be well-organized attacks that have put frontline workers at risk of serious injury.
“Individuals have thrown bricks, chunks of concrete, glass bottles, feces, balloons filled with paint, pig’s feet, [and used] slingshots to hurl ball bearings and batteries at federal agents and the courthouse,” press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement. “[There have been] multiple attempts to barricade officers in the Hatfield Courthouse have occurred [and] attempts to start the structure on fire as well.”
Since the video was uploaded to YouTube on July 27, it has been viewed more than 69,000 times and liked 7,500 times.