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Father of Utah kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart comes out as gay

The father of kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart has come out as gay, describing the decision as a “huge relief.”

In a letter shared on his Facebook page Friday, Ed Smart, 64, said he no longer feels comfortable being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which opposes gay marriage and same-sex relationships but preaches love and compassion for LGBTQ people.

Smart told Salt Lake City’s KUTV that he “struggled with this for most of his life.”

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Elizabeth Smart speaks during a news conference while her father Ed Smart looks on, in Salt Lake City.  (AP)

“I have mostly watched in silence for years as many LGBTQ individuals both in and out of The Church [of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] have been victims of ridicule, shunning, rejection and outright humiliation,” Smart wrote.

He added: “I didn’t want to face the feelings I fought so hard to suppress, and didn’t want to reach out and tell those being ostracized that I too am numbered among them. But I cannot do that any longer.”

My parents taught me as a young child that they would love me unconditionally no matter what happened. Their decisions are very personal. As such, I will not pass judgment and rather am focusing on loving and supporting them and the other members of my family.”

— Elizabeth Smart

The Smart family gained national prominence in June 2002 when Ed went before TV cameras to plead for help finding his 14-year-old daughter Elizabeth, who had been kidnapped from the family’s Salt Lake City home. Elizabeth Smart was found alive nine months later. Smart and his daughter have since become advocates for other kidnapped children.

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Smart said he’s sorry for the pain caused to his longtime wife, with whom he has five children. He filed for divorce on July 5, Utah court records show.

“I love my family and always will,” Smart wrote. “Lois has been a loyal wife, and extraordinary mother, who has had to endure an impossible part of this journey. I deeply regret the excruciating pain this has caused her.”

Elizabeth Smart, now a 31-year-old mother of three, said she’s deeply saddened by her parents’ separation but that nothing could change her love for them.

“My parents taught me as a young child that they would love me unconditionally no matter what happened,” she said, without referencing her father’s orientation. “Their decisions are very personal. As such, I will not pass judgment and rather am focusing on loving and supporting them and the other members of my family.”

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Ed Smart first came out to family and friends via Facebook messenger. The Deseret News in Salt Lake City first reported about the post. He said in his statement Friday that he’s grateful for the love and support he has received so far.

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“It was, as I’ve said, incredibly hard getting to this point and I feel for so many that are struggling in my situation trying to make the decision of whether to come out or remain closeted the rest of their life,” he wrote. “That decision is deeply personal but liberating.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Steve McQueen’s ‘Bullitt’ Ford Mustang to be auctioned, likely for millions

It was one of the biggest mysteries in both Hollywood and automotive history: What happened to the iconic green Ford Mustang from the Steve McQueen film “Bullitt”?

There were actually two cars used during the making of the 1968 detective thriller, one for stunts and the other for McQueen’s close-ups. The stunt car, which was wrecked during the film’s legendary chase scene, was believed to have been sent to the scrap heap, while the hero car was simply sold and disappeared from the public eye.

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Flash forward to 2017, when a car restorer bought the shell of a Mustang he found in a junkyard in Mexico and brought it back to his garage. There, he and a colleague discovered some odd modifications, and research confirmed it was the stunt car from “Bullitt.” How it ended up in Mexico remains unknown.

Then, at an event the night before the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, where Ford was unveiling a new “Bullitt” tribute edition of the latest Mustang to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film, the hero car rolled out on stage next to it, shocking those in attendance.

Turns out it had been owned by the same family since 1974, when a man named Robert Kiernan bought it from a Road and Track classified ad for just $6,000. His wife used it as a daily driver until the clutch broke in 1980 and they parked it in the garage with plans to repair it that never came to fruition. As the car sat around deteriorating, its legend started to grow. In time, the Kiernans realized they had something special, but weren’t ready for the attention they knew it would get if they went public, so they kept it secret from all but a few people.

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Robert died from Parkinson’s in 2014, and for a long time afterward, his son Sean couldn’t even go into the garage to look at the car. But with the encouragement of those who knew about it and the anniversary looming, he finally decided to get it running again and share it with the world. The otherwise unrestored car has been on tour ever since, with stops at car shows, museums and even a display on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. At the beginning of the journey, Sean never dreamed he’d ever sell it, but now he’s had a change of heart and is putting it up for auction.

“Everything I’ve done with it takes so much,” he told Fox News Autos. “I’ve got a baby on the way, third child, and it’s time for the next chapter in our lives.”

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Sean said he has thought long and prayed hard over the decision, and even lent it to LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash., for a few months in part to see if he could live without it. But ultimately, he asked himself “what would dad do?”

“He’d say let it go. It’s worth a life-changing amount of money that would secure the future for your family.”

Exactly how much money?

Hagerty vice president of public relations Jonathan Klinger says his experts are sure it’ll garner the highest price ever paid for a Mustang, and $5 million wouldn’t surprise them. But it could go for much more than that.

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“How do you place a value on a car that is associated with Steve McQueen — who is one of the few Hollywood celebrities that impacts values of cars — but also is associated with one of the great car chase scenes, was in hiding for nearly four decades and is in unrestored condition?”

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The answer will come at the Mecum Auctions event in Kissimmee, Fla., in January, where the Mustang will cross the block with no reserve. Kiernan said he’d received a lot of offers to buy or broker it over the past year and a half, but decided to go with Mecum for one particular reason.

“When I met [owner] Dana Mecum, he struck me as the kind of guy my dad would’ve wanted to talk cars with over a beer.”

When it’s all over, Sean will still have a green Mustang in his garage. As part of the thanks for helping it out in Detroit, Ford gave him the second 2019 Mustang GT Bullitt off the line.

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Trump supporter: President mistook me for an ‘overweight’ protester at rally, but I still ‘love the guy’

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An attendee at President Trump’s New Hampshire campaign rally said the commander-in-chief mistook him for a protester but he harbors no hard feelings.

Frank Dawson told Griff Jenkins in an interview aired Friday on “Fox & Friends” the president called him out in the midst of a disturbance at the rally in Manchester — but didn’t realize he was the one confronting some actual protesters.

“He didn’t see me rip the signs away from those three people that were sitting near us,” he said.

“They were trying to cause a ruckus and they jumped up and started yelling something.”

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Dawson, whom Jenkins said is a law enforcement and military veteran, will appear on “Fox & Friends” Saturday to talk about a very special phone call he received after the apparent case of mistaken identity.

Speaking to Jenkins after the rally, Dawson further described what transpired that evening.

“I don’t even care what they were yelling, but it wasn’t going to happen beside me because I’m trying to listen to my president,” he said.

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“I think he thought I was part of it, but I wasn’t — I was the good part of it.”

As Dawson confronted the protesters, the president shouted in his direction.

“That guy’s got a serious weight problem. Go home. Start exercising.”

The avid Trump supporter later laughed off the criticism.

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“Everything’s good. I love the guy. He’s the best thing that ever happened to this country.”

Later Thursday, Trump turned to domestic and foreign policy, with a focus on the economy. Responding to recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, the president emphasized the importance of mental health treatment and vowed, to sustained applause, “We will always uphold the Second Amendment.”

Trump also promised to work more on the opioid epidemic, which, according to The Washington Post, has claimed more lives in 2017 alone than mass shootings have in the past five decades.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Shapiro: Pelosi committed ‘great sin’ by putting ‘radical,’ ‘nasty’ Omar on foreign relations committee

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Conservative author Ben Shapiro tore into two freshman congresswomen’s “manipulative” attempt to enter Israel and called out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for giving an “ideologically radical” person like Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., powers to oversee foreign affairs.

“Nancy Pelosi, by putting this ideologically radical, nasty human being on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, committed a great sin against the American people because this lady should not be anywhere near the levers of power when it comes to the delegation of foreign aid,” Shapiro said on his podcast Friday.

Shapiro was discussing Omar’s response to Israel banning her from entering the nation, a decision she indicated disrupted her abilities to perform oversight of U.S. foreign aid.

Shapiro argued the attempted trip was a public relations set-up for Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., that Pelosi signed off on. His comments followed a controversy in which President Trump appeared to pressure Israel into rejecting entry for Tlaib and Omar.

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When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on the decision, he claimed the congresswomen’s itinerary showed that “they planned a visit whose sole objective is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel’s legitimacy.”

That rang true for Shapiro who pointed to language in  the congresswomen’s itinerary seemed to deny Israel’s existence.

“The itinerary, first of all, said nothing even about visiting Israel,” Shapiro argued. “It wasn’t even about visiting Israel. It was about visiting ‘Palestine.’ And when they said visiting Palestine, they didn’t mean visiting Ramallah,” he added, referring to a city in the West Bank.

“The first day is in Jerusalem. So, Jerusalem, according to Omar and Tlaib, is Palestinian territory … Not only that, the groups that Omar and Tlaib are going on this trip with are openly anti-Semitic, terror-supporting groups. So, why would Israel let these people in?”

The whole controversy, Shapiro argued, was “just a giant P.R. set up for Omar and Tlaib … the whole thing is manipulative garbage.”

He said that became even more clear after Tlaib rejected an offer to visit her grandmother in Israel while forgoing more politicized visits. “Rashida Tlaib made it clear that she hates the Jews more than she loves her own grandmother,” Shapiro added.

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Tlaib said on Friday that she wouldn’t visit, claiming “oppressive conditions meant to humiliate me would break my grandmother’s heart.”

Tlaib explained her decision, arguing that, “Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me.”

“It would kill a piece of me. I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in–fighting against racism, oppression & injustice,” she tweeted.

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Deroy Murdock: US-UK pact could revive free trade, as US-China talks meander

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The uncertainty surrounding U.S.-China trade talks is steering financial markets up and down more peaks and valleys than a drive through the Himalayas. Brighter, timelier prospects for free trade might lie in the hands of two husky, showy New York natives with bold blond hair and tame blue suits: U.S. President Trump and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The United Kingdom’s new leader was born — believe it or not — in Manhattan. From his early days on the Hudson, he now governs on the Thames. As a conservative nationalist, his fervent support of Brexit parallels Trump’s skepticism about large, multilateral economic institutions. The two executives are temperamental cousins who resemble brothers and seem like pals.

“He’s a good guy. He’s a friend of mine. I think we’re going to have a great relationship,” President Trump told journalists on July 26. “Boris is going to be a great prime minister,” Trump added. “He has what it takes. They needed him for a long time.”

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These political and personal factors bode well for an Anglo-American free-trade pact. Optimists speak of concluding an accord that would commence on Nov.1, the day after the U.K. will leave the European Union, as Johnson promises — an amicable exit, if possible, otherwise through a divorce as frightful as Halloween itself.

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“I’m sure a new free-trade agreement, with Boris and your excellent ambassador in London, Woody Johnson, pushing it, will come quickly,” predicts Lord Borwick of Hawkshead, a Conservative member of the House of Lords and frequent visitor to America. He expects that U.S. ranchers and farmers will savor the result.

“European rules prohibit the importation of good American beef, but I’ve never seen an English Beefeater refuse a Texan steak in the States,” Lord Borwick tells me. “Similarly, the Europeans prohibit American chickens because they are washed in chlorinated water, even though we wash our children in chlorinated water in every British swimming pool, and I never have seen an English tourist refuse to enter a Kentucky Fried Chicken shop.”

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Lord Borwick hopes an Anglo-American bargain remains simple. He says: “If we make anything legal in the States legal in the U.K., and vice versa, as Dan Hannan MEP has proposed before, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R., Texas has proposed for U.S. pharmaceuticals, then we have a free-trade agreement that can be summarized in one sentence that everyone can understand.”

Daniel Hannan, a Tory member of the European Parliament, is considered the Father of Brexit. Like Sen. Ted Cruz, he is a thoughtful and magnificently eloquent advocate of conservative ideas. Hannan argues that both sides should “emphasize the open nature of a U.S.-U.K. deal, to underline that it is about mutual recognition instead of standardization. This mutual recognition should apply to goods, services, and professional qualifications.”

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Trove of ‘super-deep’ diamonds from Earth’s core discovered

Scientists have found a trove of “super-deep” diamonds from hundreds of miles below the Earth’s surface.

The diamonds were found in the Juina area of Brazil and likely came from a depth of 255 miles to 410 miles, according to an international team of researchers.  A volcanic eruption brought the rocks to the surface, The Independent reports.

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Diamonds from Brazil’s Juina area. (Graham Pearson)

The results of the scientists’ research are published in the journal Science.

“We analyzed, for the first time, helium isotopes contained in microscopic bubbles inside the super-deep diamonds,” said research leader Suzette Timmerman, of the Australian National University, in a statement.

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Researchers say that the isotopes support the idea of a “primordial” reservoir of molten rock that has been around since, or very soon after, the Earth was formed.

“Diamonds form perfect capsules so they retain the exact chemistry and the isotope composition of material from the part of the Earth where they formed,” said the study co-author, Lynton Jaques, of the Australian National University. “These diamonds in particular are some of our deepest direct samples of the Earth. They allow us to see some original material from the formation of the Earth, that doesn’t seem to have changed much over the past four billion years.”

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Timmerman will present the research findings at the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry’s Goldschmidt conference in Barcelona on Aug. 23.

In the U.S., a vacationing schoolteacher recently garnered plenty of attention when he found a 2.12-carat brown diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.

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The Crater of Diamonds State Park lets visitors search for real diamonds in their original volcanic source.

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Varney calls 2020 Dems ‘grossly hypocritical’ after Forbes releases net worth of candidates

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Fox Business host Stuart Varney called out the top 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on his Fox Nation show “My Take” Friday, after a Forbes report listed the candidates’ current net worth — all in the multi-millions.

“How many times have we heard presidential candidates rail against the rich, how wicked they are, how unfair the whole capitalist system is. If you’ve got money, they’re gonna take it off you. What gross hypocrisy. All of the Democratic front runners are multimillionaires,” Varney said.

According to Forbes, Elizabeth Warren has a listed net worth of $12 million, with Joe Biden at $9 million, followed by Kamala Harris with $6 million, and Bernie Sanders with $2.5 million.

“They’re rich by any standard,” said the Fox Business host. ” And none of these four made their money in business. They’re government people and they want to run the government and take more money from people like you.”

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Later in the segment, Varney went through each candidate, calling out their hypocrisy as he discussed their policies and compared them to the candidates’ personal financial statuses.

“It is Senator Warren who wants every big company to get a license from the government before they can do business. That’s okay with her.  Senator Warren made her money while working for a nonprofit — Harvard University,” Varney said.

“It is Senator Sanders who used to rant against the millionaires and billionaires but since he made his millions as a writer and real estate investor, he now only rants against billionaires.

“It is Joe Biden who calls himself “middle-class Joe” — a nine million dollar net worth puts him firmly in the upper class. And Senator Kamala Harris, she married a wealthy lawyer in 2014. As Forbes puts it, ‘she brought the clout and he brought the money’.”

The next time a Democratic candidate rants about “income inequality, taxing the rich, and reforming capitalism,” Varney said, he will have just the response.

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“Sell your houses Bernie, and give your profit to the poor. Write a check to the treasury, Joe, because you used a tax loophole to get rich. Pay the wealth tax, Senator Warren, it’s your proposal. And Senator Harris – you own houses in Washington DC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Do you need three?

“They will do none of the above,” the host said as he wrapped up his comments. “Rich socialists rarely do – it’s your money that they really want.”

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Obama reportedly told Biden he didn’t have to run in 2020

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Former President Barack Obama, discussing Joe Biden’s run for the high office in 2020, reportedly told his vice president that he didn’t “have to do this.”

“You don’t have to do this, Joe, you really don’t,” Obama told Biden early in 2019, according to The New York Times. The Times reported that Obama “took pains to cast his doubts about the campaign in personal terms.”

Biden, who leads President Trump in several polls on 2020 matchups, said he couldn’t forgive himself if he passed up the opportunity to beat Trump. He initially thought he could beat Trump in 2016, but Obama reportedly pushed back because, in part, he thought former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be more effective in continuing his legacy, according to the report.

Speculation has swirled over the decision by Obama to so far refrain from endorsing Biden formally. Still, despite Obama’s early hesitation, he has taken a much more involved role in Biden’s campaign than in that of other candidates’, The Times reported.

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Biden has also invoked Obama, America’s first black president, while defending himself against racism accusations on the campaign trail. But he has for years faced scrutiny over his views on race.

In January of 2007, he famously said that Obama was “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” Obama laughed the remark off, according to The Times.

Despite Obama’s widespread popularity among Democrats, the former president appeared to become somewhat of a liability for his friend.

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During the second round of primary debates, Biden faced criticism over the number of deportations under the Obama administration. The Affordable Care Act, Obama’s signature legislative achievement, also came under fire from candidates who said it had fallen short.

While Obama has stayed relatively quiet during the 2020 race, some of his former officials have cautioned against using the former administration to attack Biden during the primaries.

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Daughters of Philly mayor, NJ city councilwoman arrested after late-night street brawl: police

The daughters of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and a New Jersey city councilwoman were arrested earlier this week after brawling on a bar-lined street at the Jersey shore, police said.

Authorities say the altercation between 25-year-old Nora Kenney of Philadelphia and 27-year-old Tara Tolomeo took place early on Aug. 11 in North Wildwood.

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Nora Kenney, left, and Tara Tolomeo, were charged with disorderly conduct after an alleged fight in a southern New Jersey City (City of North Wildwood)

Capt. John Stevenson told NJ Advance Media the two women were arrested around 1:40 a.m. after police caught them fighting in the city’s nightclub district.

The reasons for their alleged fight were unclear. Tolomeo’s mother, Kellyann Tolomeo, has served on North Wildwood’s city council since 2007, PhillyVoice reported.

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Tolomeo and Kenney were charged with disorderly conduct, which is punishable by fines, not jail time, NJ Advance Media reported, citing officials.

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The case is being handled by the Lower Township Municipal Court because of a potential conflict of interest with Tolomeo, Stevenson said. The women are expected back in court Aug. 22.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Gabriel Nadales: Antifa violence feared in Portland Saturday – Group must be condemned and exposed

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The wounds haven’t yet healed from the last Antifa/Proud Boys sparring match – indeed, no one has been arrested for the savage June 29 attack on Quillette reporter Andy Ngo – and yet, Portland, Ore., is bracing for another demonstration Saturday.

Given the rising violence in communities across the U.S., I fear that our country may suffer another embarrassing and tragic display of attacks and thuggish behavior to silence the free speech rights of opposing views.

Free speech rights must be protected – even for those we disagree with and even for those we find morally reprehensible. The spike in violence we’ve seen rising from groups on the far right and the far left pose a serious threat to the First Amendment.

The violence and intimidation must stop for our republic to function as our founders intended, but this cannot happen if those with the most powerful and loudest voices in our society – like politicians, the mainstream media and educators – continue to ignore one of the core drivers of violence: Antifa.

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Politicians are not only supposed to be leaders, but also defenders of the U.S. Constitution and our inalienable rights. Yet we’re seeing far too many fail to stand up for the First Amendment rights of all Americans.

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Out of the almost two dozen Democratic presidential candidates, only two have condemned Antifa for its violent attack against Andy Ngo.

Taking to Twitter, Andrew Yang was the first. It wasn’t until a week later that former Vice President Joe Biden finally voiced his disapproval. Every other Democratic presidential candidate has ignored the incident.

This is disgraceful. If our elected leaders refuse to condemn left-wing extremist groups like Antifa, and the harassment and violence its members inflict on other Americans, we can only expect more attacks. But politicians are only a part of the problem.

Most of the mainstream media have refused to accurately report Antifa violence and have given a soapbox to those who glorify the group’s terrorist tactics.

Just look at the coverage of the recent shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. In reporting on El Paso, the media have been quick and consistent in reporting the gunman’s ties to the far right, while leaving out the Dayton shooter’s ties to Antifa.

The media have a responsibility to accurately report the details of both mass murders. As the late Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said, “sunshine is the best disinfectant.” The media have a powerful role in shining the light on Antifa. By ignoring the group, the media are complicit in allowing it to grow in the darkness.

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But even more dangerous and concerning is the way media make light of and even glorify Antifa’s activities. Members of the media should understand the power they have in influencing their millions of viewers, readers and listners. Positive exposure of the group encourages people to join Antifa and normalizes violence.

In an interview on MSNBC, Elie Mystal called for people to bring pitchforks and torches to the home of Stephen Ross, CEO of Equinox and SoulCycle, because Ross donated to President Trump’s reelection campaign.

Days later, Mystal doubled down, saying, “You do not negotiate with these people — you destroy them.” Oddly enough, Mystal defined his suggested actions as “peacefully” demonstrating.

Antifa has become far more violent and bold since I was involved nearly a decade ago. I’ve followed the growth in numbers, incidents and extremism and I strongly believe it is the recklessness of those who have the power and influence of a soapbox. Their words and their example have an impact. In this case, they’re providing the water and fertilizer for Antifa to grow and flourish.

As I have consistently said, what we’re seeing in how politicians and media frame (and ignore) Antifa’s roots on our college campuses. Examples of professors and lecturers defending and promoting Antifa abound.

At the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Professor Stanislav Visotsky wrote in an op-ed that Antifa was a form of self-defense. Then there is Dartmouth College’s lecturer Mark Bray, who wrote “Anti-fa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.” It’s troubling to see figures that young people look up to and trust misuse their influence.

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This is why, this fall, I am going on a speaking tour to college campuses across the country to talk with young people about the importance of dialogue over violence. Called “Behind the Black Mask Tour,” my goal is to expose and debunk the misinformation circulating about Antifa – and I’m taking the message to a core source of this societal problem. While I regret that I was ever involved, I am doing what I can now to make my voice heard and be part of the solution.

I truly hope that demonstrations in Portland this weekend remain peaceful. But even then, it would just be a bullet dodged. As a society, we need to take Antifa seriously. That means it’s time for our leaders and influencers to be honest and diligent about exposing a real danger to public safety and American principles.

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