Dianne Feinstein Champions the Heckler’s Veto Against Patriot Prayer in San Francisco

Dear Superindendent Muldoon:

As we discussed on our call yesterday, I strongly oppose the Golden Gate Recreation Area’s decision to grant an event permit to Patriot Prayer for an August 26 demonstration at Crissy Field. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Patriot Pray attracts white nationalists and other hate groups to its rallies with the intent to provoke unrest between those groups and counter-protesters. I am alarmed at the prospect that Crissy Field will be used as a venue for Patriot Prayer’s incitement, hate, and intimidation.

It appears that “counter-protester” is the new code word for violent SJW and Communist mobs engaging in illegal activity. Let’s not mince words: Unite the Right’s permit was not intended to cover the mob that showed up to disrupt their demonstration and assault them. Patriot Prayer’s public permit is not intended to cover the SJW and Communist mobs that will appear at their planned demonstration in San Francisco.

Unless the “counter-protesters” (SJWs and Communists) have their own permit, then they have no business being there. Let them stew in their “provoked” state of mind from the comfort of their own homes if they cannot get one.

As you know, Crissy Field is a public recreational area, which draws hundreds of families who enjoy the beach, trails, and picnic areas each weekend. Because of Crissy Field’s open design – with beaches, open grassy areas, and no fences – the proposed demonstration poses very real threats to the public should the protest devolve into racial violence and clashes with law enforcement.

The City of San Francisco can afford millions in public pensions, but it can’t afford barricades? Surely there are hundreds of plastic or metal barricades in storage from the dozens of alternative lifestyle demonstrations that are attracted to San Francisco annually. Is the City of San Francisco that incompetent at crowd control?

And the “violence” previously caused at Patriot Prayer rallies was more of a “political” nature than a racial one, specifically, violence directed by socialists against non-socialists.

While I understand from you that the U.S. Park Police is working with other law enforcement agencies to assess the public safety risk, I believe there is a strong potential for violence during this demonstration. I was mayor of San Francisco for nine years. I know the area well, and I know the very significant challenges an event like this at Crissy Field will pose for law enforcement. In fact, Patriot Prayer’s recent demonstrations in Seattle and Portland both involved physical altercations, resulting in several arrests.

Ah, now we have some meat to cut in to. Let’s look at those “altercations” from Seattle and Portland.

Trump supporters’ rally in Seattle met by counter-protesters at Westlake Park

Still, some anti-fascist and anti-Trump counter-protesters made it to the plaza and surrounded the prayer rally at the plaza. There were speeches and a lot of swearing. Some attending the rally donned protective vests and helmets, and waved American flags or signs with slogans like “Christian Values.”

Leaders and others attending the prayer rally condemned the violence by white supremacists in Virginia, many showing support for President Trump and his vision of America. The counter-protesters weren’t making much of a distinction between the two.

The SJWs and Communists cannot or will not distinguish between “white supremacists” and non-white supremacists? Interesting. It’s as if their politics are dualistic and completely intolerant of anyone outside of their ideological bubble.

Continuing:

“This powerful country needs to be waving high — red, white and blue — and never back down. Why? Because we are the patriots, and we’re going to fight for what’s right,” speaker Tiny Toese, of Vancouver, Washington, told the crowd. “It all comes down to respect.”

All the while, hundreds of counter-protesters booed, yelled expletives and held signs such as “Strength through diversity” from behind a fence separating them from the pro-Trump group. Organizers of that crowd said they were there to stand against hate. A few wore all black and masks.

Antifa? At my “peaceful counter-protests?” Surely not.

Continued and buried in the middle of the story:

Seattle police reported making three arrests: a 40-year-old man for obstruction, a 37-year-old man for assault and a 25-year-old man for assault. Officers also observed some people “infiltrating” the rally at Denny Park carrying ax handles, two-by-fours and balloons containing an unknown liquid substance, according to the Police Department’s online blotter.

When Communists and Antifa show up to commit violence at an illegal counter protest, they have “infiltrated” the illegal counter protest. When some guy from Ohio, unaffiliated with anyone present, crashes into a mob of illegally counter protesting SJWs and kills one, then it is a “violent white nationalist hate rally.”

Got it.

Let’s see what these “mostly peaceful”, illegally counter-protesting demonstrators had on them.

From the Seattle Police Department Blotter:

Seattle Police arrested three men as officers worked to facilitate two planned demonstrations in Seattle today: one in Westlake park and a separate, larger counter demonstration in Denny Park.

As hundreds of peaceful counter demonstrators gathered in Denny Park, police observed some individuals infiltrating the crowd carrying axe handles, two-by-fours, and balloons containing an unknown liquid substance. Still others wore dark glasses, goggles and bandannas to conceal their identity.

Axe handles and two-by-fours of peace.

Some members of the Denny Park counter demonstration tried to circumvent police by running down an alley between 5th and 6th Avenues and Lenora. These individuals tried to use a makeshift shield to force their way past police bicycle line. Police used pepper spray to move them back. There were reports of rocks thrown at officers.

Rocks of peace.

Soon after, some in the crowd lobbed fireworks at officers. Police issued a dispersal order, using pepper spray and blast balls to move the crowd.

Fireworks of peace.

If you click the link to the archived police blotter page, you’ll notice that among the items seized from the arrested are a couple of Communist flags.

I’m sure that’s just a coincidence.

Let’s go to the Portland, OR rally back in June.

14 arrested during competing protests in Portland in wake of train stabbing

Police arrested 14 people Sunday and confiscated several weapons during a day of opposing rallies in downtown Portland, Ore.

The crowds in downtown Portland swelled to several thousand as people gathered for a free speech, pro-President Trump rally and an opposing group demonstrating at the Portland Stands United Against Hate Rally near City Hall.

Police detained a large group of protesters and others who were marching after being removed from Chapman Square where a separate protest designated for an anti-fascist group was eventually closed.

Protesters threw bricks, mortars and balloons filled with “unknown, foul-smelling liquid,” according to police. They said only the protesters at Chapman Square had engaged in criminal behavior. The crowds at Terry Schrunk Plaza, where the pro-Trump rally organized by conservative group Patriot Prayer occurred, and City Hall where the counter-protest organized by immigrant rights, religious and labor groups, were not involved, police said.

And who was at Chapman Square? SJWs and Communists, i.e. Antifa? Yep, that is correct. The pro-free speech people, the pro-Trump, were, and this might be a shock, more interested in speaking than fighting. Meanwhile the crowd that giggles about “bash the fash” and strokes their Marxist chodes to “is it okay to punch a Nazi?” were there attack and destroy (hint: If the Nazi didn’t punch you first, or isn’t making a credible threat to punch you, or the federal government hasn’t issued a declaration of war against Nazis, then no, it is not okay).

Dianne Feinstein is terribly concerned about “incitement” and “violence.” And yet, as we see above, the parties being “incited” are SJWs and Communists. What incites them appears to be anyone supporting Donald Trump or free speech (or “Freeze Peach” as they snidely refer to it). And the violence that Senator Feinstein is so worried about originates from SJWs and Communists.

Back to Dianne Feinstein’s letter:

Given this track record, there is a very real potential that Patriot Prayer will use its permit to demonstrate at Crissy Field as a free pass to incite violence. That is not what Crissy Field is about, and I urge you to reconsider your decision to issue this permit in the name of public safety.

Here we come to the crux of the argument: Dianne Feinstein wants to curtail the free speech and and peaceable assembly rights of the Patriot Prayer group to prevent SJWs and Communists from responding to speech with violence. Or, as Harry Kalven called it, the Heckler’s Veto. The Heckler’s Veto, in its precise form, occurs when the government suppresses an individual’s speech on the grounds that the government anticipates a strong negative reaction from another person or group of people.

It seems to fit this situation snugly.

More disturbing is the implication in this letter that the “counter-protesters” (SJWs and Communists) are justified in being incited by words alone to attack the speaker of those words or anyone who voluntary listens to speaker.

The narrative is that your words justify their violence.

U.S. Senators pledge to support and defend the Constitution and bear true faith and allegiance to the same. Arguing that it should set aside because a group of self-appointed Communist outlaws take umbrage with the content of speech is neither support or defense; it is complicity in the Constitution’s destruction.

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