Wisconsin mob attacks progressive legislator, calls for ‘revolution’
State Sen. Tim Carpenter (D) was attacked last night in the state capitol of Madison, WI, as a left-wing mob tore down statues, including one of an abolitionist who died fighting against slavery at the Battle of Chickamauga.
Video taken by Carpenter, an openly gay, progressive member of the Wisconsin senate, triggered the mob, according to a Twitter post later released by the senator. The video shows protesters wearing masks running towards and pummeling the senator.
Carpenter says 8-10 people were in on the attack.
A member of the media tweeted a photo of Carpenter collapsed in the bushes after passing out from the assault. Carpenter responded, tweeting:
Legislators have angrily tagged Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) for standing by while the capitol was attacked and vandalized.
“This is absolutely despicable,” said the speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, Robin Vos (R). “I am saddened at the cowardice of Madison officials to deal with these thugs. @GovEvers are you going to finally do something about these protestors committing crimes on state property?”
Evers has responded by saying that he is “prepared” to call up the National Guard. As of now, however, he has not called in state troops to restore order.
As with other progressive cities, police in Madison declined to use force to disperse the crowd, preferring to allow the mob to vandalize buildings, including setting a fire at one police station and throwing a Molotov cocktail at a city engineering office.
“This is not a peaceful protest, so if you came out here for a peaceful protest, you missed it,” one organizer told the Wisconsin State Journal. “We’re done being peaceful. Now we [sic] demanding justice.”
At one point the crowd chanted: “This is not a riot, this is a revolution.”
The mob prepared for violence by spray painting over the public traffic cameras in at least one location.
Two statues were torn down in the attack, one called “Forward” created in 1893 and the other of Hans Christian Heg, that was thrown into a nearby lake.
“Heg was a Norwegian immigrant, an abolitionist leader, a journalist, a prison reformer, and a soldier in the Union Army in the Civil War. He died at the Battle of Chickamauga,” says RightWisconsin.
In other words, Heg was a better American than the protesters will ever be.
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