Every movement needs a martyr. The Irish independence movement, arguably, would have been delayed by years had the British not executed fourteen men in the aftermath of the 1916 Easter Uprising. The Nazis, in a move that foreshadowed George Orwell’s 1984 character, Winston, creating the heroic “Comrade Ogilvy” out of thin air, transformed Horst Wessel, a rather disreputable street tough, into a symbol of the movement after he was gunned down by a communist hitman.
The BLM/Antifa movement is no different.
While the BLM faction of what can only be seen as single, unified movement, has had some success in taking men like George Floyd and turning them into international figures, the Antifa militia has not been quite as successful. Back in July, 39-year-old, skateboard-piloting ne’er-do-well Scott Williams attacked a man at a protest in Albuquerque and was, in my view, justifiably smoked. (Read my post: Howling Leftwing Mob Tries to Murder a Man in Albuquerque but They Don’t Count on Him Defending Himself.) Him surviving plus the fact that he was hardly a heroic figure caused him to be quickly forgotten. It is really hard to make a hero of a man approaching middle age who seems to still live at home and tools around on a skateboard.
Their next effort was in Austin, TX, where a LARPing Air Force veteran, Garrett Foster, pointed a modern sporting rifle (that’s an “assault rifle” to you Moms Demand freaks) at the driver’s window of a car and the driver took him seriously and lit him up. (See The Left Is Trying to Create Their Own Horst Wessel but They Just Aren’t Good Enough). There weren’t enough Antifa fellatistas in the media to transform someone threatening a law-abiding citizen with a rifle into a martyr for the movement.
Then the left had a potential treasure trove. On August 25, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, was part of a group of men who were trying to prevent totally peaceful Antif protesters from destroying property in Kenosha, Wi. He, like the rest of the group, was armed. Late in the evening he became separated from his group and was attacked by a mob. When the smoke cleared, two Antifa were approaching room temperature and a third was wounded.
Almost immediately, the Antifa sympathizers in the press undertook two tasks.
The first was to demonize Rittenhouse. This effort fell apart. A New York Times report all but concluded that the shootings were justified. The smear that Rittenhouse had brought a weapon across state lines to assist citizens of Kenosha in protecting property evaporated when it was revealed that Rittenhouse worked as a lifeguard in Kenosha and had joined the group at the last minute…after helping clean Antifa graffiti from a high school.
A second strategy was to try to make the dead thugs into martyrs. But, as it turned out, the person who set off the shooting, who was videoed shouting “shoot me, n***a” at some white kid, was a wife-beater and child molester. The guy who slammed Rittenhouse with a skateboard (what is it with grown men riding around on skateboards? Why does the Antifa movement attract these pathetic losers? those are rhetorical questions) had felony convictions for domestic violence as well as other convictions. This left the guy shot in the arm, Gaige “Lefty” Grosskreutz, as the nominee for the martyr’s crown. And our media never disappoints when in comes to lionizing people with whom they sympathize. Who can forget the swooing and thigh-sweats that accompanied the first images of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Here’s a sampling:
This is how CNN describes Lefty’s shooting: “Grosskreutz then is seen approaching Rittenhouse and is shot in the arm at close range.”
By that they mean he charged Rittenhouse with a pistol in one hand and a cell phone in the other, Rittenhouse pointed his rifle at Lefty, Lefty raised his hands, Rittenhouse lowered his weapon, Lefty dropped the pistol in Rittenhouse’s direction and got shot in the arm.
He later quoted as saying he wished he’d killed Rittenhouse.
GRAPHIC: A friend of the man who rushed at the #Kenosha teen with a pistol and was shot in the arm has posted an update about his status. Doctors were able to save Gaige Grosskreutz’s right arm. The friend says Gaige regrets not being able to kill the teen. pic.twitter.com/2gJmnnroTF
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 27, 2020
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: ‘I walked away with my life that night’: Wounded Kenosha medic Gaige Grosskreutz tells his story
This story never mentions Lefty threatening Rittenhouse with a pistol and makes a plea for donations: “An online fund has been established to help Grosskreutz cover his medical bills. To contribute, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-kenosha-protestor-with-medical-bills”.
CBS also deliberately deceives its readers about what happened in Kenosha, “Grosskreutz then approaches Rittenhouse with his pistol in his right hand. Rittenhouse shot him in the arm and Grosskreutz ran away screaming for a medic.” That description is nothing but a boldfaced attempt to erase Lefty’s criminal conduct and make him into a victim rather than a perpetrator.
Well, not everyone is making Lefty into a blameless victim:
On the advice of his attorney, Grosskreutz would not discuss why he was chasing the suspect who was clearly carrying a high-powered rifle.
But the 22-year-old — who traveled 40 miles from Milwaukee, where he also regularly attended protests — said the horror of the shootings is “all I think about.”
Grosskreutz –a member of a radical Black Lives Matter faction called the People’s Revolution — said that he has been inundated with death threats from those blaming protesters for the carnage that ended up with the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26.
The bottomline here is that Grosskreutz got less than he deserved. Because of that, he’s still alive. Under ordinary circumstances, someone attending a “peaceful protest” while carrying a concealed weapon and who was shot while attempting to injure or kill another person who was not bothering them would not be a hero. But these are desperate times. At every turn their causes and heroes are revealed to be terribly flawed (George Floyd had a lethal concentration of fentanyl in his blood and couldn’t breath because his lungs were filling with liquid, not because of a knee on the side of his neck) or vicious thugs with no respect for themselves or anyone else (Jacob Blake). The people they’ve had shot or killed have been idiots or degenerates or both. To make this cause move forward, they need a heroic spokesman/martyr and the media has decided that Lefty Grosskreutz is that man.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 13, 2020