The violent Antifa activist who was killed by police over the weekend after “firebombing” an ICE detention facility in Tacoma, Washington appeared in a May 5 episode of CNN’s “United Shades of America” with W. Kamau Bell, according to Fox News.
Fox News reports:
The heavily promoted CNN show featured Bell explaining the “Redneck Revolt,” which he identified as gun-toting liberals who defend the Second Amendment and seek to battle the “alt-right” and neo-Nazis.
Bell called them “good guys,” going to a gun range with members and even questioning why “more white people” don’t share their viewpoints.
One of the men featured on the CNN special appears to be [Willem] Van Spronsen — who was armed with a rifle and incendiary devices when he launched his assault on the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma around 4 a.m. Saturday, according to the Tacoma Police Department.
In the episode, Bell also claims the “Redneck Revolt” “protects counter-protesters, feeds the hungry and provides gun safety courses” and he organized a meeting between the group and Black Lives Matter. It appears that Van Spronsen was one of the meeting attendees.
Fox notes, “The CNN host laughed and nodded his head in agreement throughout the meeting.”
Quillette journalist Andy Ngo who was recently attacked by Antifa himself, was first to point out the CNN episode on Sunday:
CNN recently aired a documentary about the antifa militia whose member was killed in an ICE firebombing attack yesterday. You can see Mr van Sprossen at the 4 second time stamp in this trailer. https://t.co/3BJVp0hp4C
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) July 14, 2019
It has been revealed that Van Spronsen invoked the rhetoric of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) in his manifesto, calling ICE detention facilities “corporate for profit concentration camps.”
He also urged his fellow “comrades and incoming comrades to arm themselves.”
“We are now responsible for defending people from the predatory state,” he wrote. “Ignore the law in arming yourself if you have the luxury, I did.”
“I am antifa. I stand with comrades around the world who act from the love of life in every permutation. Comrades who understand that freedom means real freedom for all and a life worth living,” he continued.
Ocasio-Cortez refused to condemn the attack when pressed yesterday by a reporter in the halls of Congress:
BREAKING: Ocasio-Cortez refuses to condemn the far-left terrorist attack on the ICE facility in Tacoma, Washington
The terrorist used Ocasio-Cortez's rhetoric in his manifesto pic.twitter.com/t1priIPAiW
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 15, 2019