Republican congressional candidate fended off the attack by Farzad Fazeli using an election sign.
Many pundits, including myself, have warned that the increasingly vitriolic tone of Democratic Party leaders will eventually lead to even more actual attacks on supporters of President Trump and Republicans….in addition to the ones we have already recorded.
This warning has gone unheeded, as the Democrats have continued to gin up their base using edited videos, staged camera shots, and outright hostility. It appears that the fear-and-loathing approach has worked, inasmuch as a Republican congressional candidate in California District 15 was attacked by a man uttering curses at President Donald Trump and wielding a knife.
A Republican congressional candidate in California fended off a knife attack on Sunday — and an election sign helped the candidate keep the attacker at bay, authorities said.
U.S. House of Representatives hopeful Rudy Peters was “minding his own business with his family” at his campaign booth during the Castro Valley Fall Festival just before 4 p.m. when a man came up and began insulting Peters’ political party and the president, Sgt. Ray Kelly, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, told McClatchy.
That’s when the interaction grew violent: The man making disparaging comments, Farzad Fazeli, 35, became “aggressive,” pulled out a switchblade and tried to attack Peters, the sheriff’s office said. Kelly said Fazeli may have also thrown a glass mug at the candidate.
— Alameda County Sheriff (@ACSOSheriffs) September 11, 2018
After a brief struggle between the two men, Fazeli fled the scene.
He was arrested shortly after and was booked into the Santa Rita Jail on suspicion of felony assault, criminal threats, brandishing a weapon and possession of a switchblade knife.
No serious injuries were reported during the conflict, according to the sheriff’s statement.
Peters is an avid supporter of President Trump, and his campaign website includes #MAGA references. Up until this event, Peters was never concerned about his safety though his wife has often warned him to be careful.
“All of a sudden we hear someone screaming, “F— Trump, f— Trump!” Peters recalled. He said the man raised his middle finger and was “standing right in front of the booth.”
Peters had been sitting with Joseph Grcar, a Republican state Assembly candidate. He said they were both “kind of shocked” by the outburst, but that the man seemed like he was walking off. “The next thing you know,” Peters said, “he stops and turns around and says, ‘I’ll show you,’ and runs at the booth.”
Peters said the man grabbed a coffee cup from the table and threw it at him, prompting Peters to come around the table and “grab him.” Peters said he threw him to the ground before the suspect hopped back up, reached into his pocket and grabbed the switchblade.
“He’s screaming, ‘I’m gonna kill you, motherf—er!’” Peters said. “He had the knife, but the blade wouldn’t shoot out.”
If the knife had not malfunctioned, the ending to this story could have been far more tragic.
Peters’ opponent tweeted a condemnation of the attack:
On Sunday, my opponent @PetersCongress was attacked at his campaign booth in Castro Valley. I’m glad to hear Mr. Peters is okay. But it’s NEVER okay to use violence to settle political disagreements (or any disagreement). Fortunately, @ACSOSheriffs arrested the suspect.
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) September 11, 2018
To give you a sense of the wit, wisdom and politics of Fazeli, I tracked down this entry in his Facebook page (fortunately I got it, before the Facebook team decided to make it disappear).
I think after his jail time is served, Fazeli might fit right in at The New York Times Editorial Board…as long as they keep the blades away from him.
I am sure the elite media will be right on top of this story, after they give us an update on Congressman Steve Scalise, injured during an attack on the GOP Baseball team by a Bernie Sanders supporter.DONATE
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