A viral story currently circulating the internet involves a reporter for The Guardian, Ben Jacobs, claiming that he was body slammed by a Republican candidate for Congress. For the alleged attacker Greg Gianforte, this could not have occurred at a more inopportune time as the polls were mere hours from opening.
The election was widely viewed as a gauge to test the president’s popularity, as many Democrats believed they had an opportunity to pull off an upset. Despite a barrage of negative press following the incident, Gianforte won a decisive victory in Montana, defeating his Democratic opponent, Rob Quist, by 6 percentage points (the Libertarian Party Candidate, Mark Wicks, received 5.7 percent).
Much has been said about the alleged attacker, but what about the alleged victim? As it turns out, he does not appear to be opposed to violence so long as it is aimed towards conservatives.
In 2014, a then 16 year old conservative activist Benji Backer gave a speech at CPAC in which he defended Governor Scott Walker’s very public battle against the unions in Wisconsin. In his speech, Backer lambasted the media for their slanted coverage of the issue (who could imagine that the media would be biased, right?), and he referenced instances in which he was bullied for merely holding an opposing opinion.
Speaking passionately before the conservative audience, Backer stated, “When this story became a national issue, my house was egged….and I received anonymous death threats.” The typical response when a teenager is in this circumstance (or anyone, for that matter) would be compassion or sympathy, but with Ben Jacobs, he received none of the above.
A now infamous tweet has been unearthed in which Ben Jacobs claimed that reporters covering the CPAC event had an, “…overwhelming urge to punch Benji Backer.”
The irony of the situation was not missed by Benji, who responded to Jacobs’ tweet, “You wanted to punch a 16 year-old me? Interesting how stuff bites back…”
And here, friends, we see it once again. The radical left only seems to oppose violence when it is aimed towards one of their own. If it is a conservative voice, even if that voice comes in the form of a 16 year old child, they believe violence is justified.
Jacobs has since blocked Backer on Twitter.
Dang it :/ pic.twitter.com/qK5GyQI5eL
— Benji Backer (@BenjiBacker) May 26, 2017