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Pro-Trump Rally Attacked In Liberal Ithaca (NY)

Pro-Trump Rally Attacked In Liberal Ithaca (NY)

In defiance of intimidation and threats, previously planned “Back The Blue” rally will be held in downtown Ithaca on October 24, at 2 p.m.

Ithaca, NY, home to Cornell University, is a notoriously liberal town. That liberalism, both on and off campus, is taking on an increasingly intolerant and totalitarian tone, as was just demonstrated when a small pro-Trump rally was attacked by a crowd organized by the Ithaca Democratic Socialists, but also carrying Black Lives Matter and anarchist flags and posters.

The attack was reported in several local newspapers, including The Ithaca Voice:

A rally in support of President Donald Trump in downtown Ithaca descended into chaos on Friday afternoon, as multiple fights broke out between Trump supporters and counter-protesters who assembled to rebuke the rally….

The scene was tense from the beginning. A small group of Trump supporters gathered outside the Tompkins County Republicans office starting at 4 p.m., primarily led by Rocco and Max Lucente, who also helped organize the Trump march that took place earlier in October. From the start, they were met with a larger group of counterprotesters, organized by the local Democratic Socialists of America but attracting people of all stripes looking to oppose Trump, who were stationed directly across Meadow Street—reminiscent of the standoff that took place outside of City Hall during the aforementioned Trump event in Ithaca.

But while the two sides mostly kept their distance during that event, that was not the case on Friday. Soon after the start, one counterprotester, Dakota Ingraham, accosted the Trump supporters and stated he had felt threatened by one of their attendees: Ingraham claimed that during an argument a few minutes prior, he thought a man with Trump flags on his truck had reached into his vehicle’s cab for a gun, though he never actually saw a firearm. Inflamed by that, he argued with Trump supporters including both Lucentes and other rally-goers for several minutes. Police responded to the situation and briefly detained Ingraham after he tossed a Trump flag from the pick-up truck into the street, but he was released minutes later.

Promptly thereafter, counterprotesters began to move across the street, standing next to or in front of Trump supporters. The Trump ralliers began to fracture, some moving down the block, others staying in front of the building and exchanging words with counter-protesters. By 4:40 p.m., several of the ralliers had been backed into a corner by a group of counterprotesters who had ventured across the street, easily outnumbering the Trump supporters as both sides screamed at each other.

Here is video posted by The Ithaca Voice reporter:

The Cornell Sun reported that Cornell Professor Russell Rickford, a self-proclaimed anti-capitalist activist, was involved:

By 4:30 p.m., around 60 counterprotesters had crossed the street, intermittently blocking traffic, to confront the roughly 20 Trump supporters….

Earlier this week, the Ithaca DSA planned in response a “Trump Rally counter-demo,” to “let them know they are NOT welcome here,” the group wrote in social media posts.

“If pro-authoritarian forces are going to keep showing up in Ithaca we need to show them that they are not welcome here,” said David Foote, chair of Ithaca DSA, of the motivation behind the counterprotest.

Throughout the afternoon, the DSA members and joining protesters drew a clear line between Trump’s politics and themes of racism and fascism — maintaining that Ithaca is not a place where those themes are welcome.

“I think it’s really important in a town like Ithaca, with its liberal veneer, to actually demonstrate strong opposition to racist and reactionary politics,” said Prof. Russell Rickford, history, a member of the Ithaca DSA. “Quite often, liberalism is willing to accommodate the far right, to justify it and, by doing so, legitimize it….

But after over two hours, the counterprotesters declared “victory” and marched to the Commons through the streets, blocking traffic and garnering cheers and waves.

There, they celebrated and discussed future plans, including the rally for Black lives on Sunday, the 21st one since this summer.

“Today was a tremendous victory for the forces of anti-racism,” Rickford said. “It was a spontaneous and almost joyful display of, not only disgust with racism and fascism, but also a positive affirmation of an alternative politics, celebrating human dignity.”

This girl allowed herself to be photographed by the local news burning my hat. I fully intend to press charges for destruction of my property.

If you can help me identify her, I would appreciate it!

Posted by Rocco Lucente on Saturday, October 17, 2020

Though the local news reports tried to put a ‘both sides to blame’ spin on it, it is clear from video provided to Legal Insurrection by Trump rally organizer Rocco Lucente, that the DSA crowd attacked the Trump supporters, not the other way around. The video also shows graffiti sprayed on the storefront used by the pro-Trump group:

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[Injured woman receiving treatment][Photo Credit Rocco Lucente]

You can see more of the attack in this video from The Ithaca Voice:

The Tomkins County Republicans issued this statement on Facebook, announcing that a planned “Back The Blue” rally in downtown Ithaca would go forward on October 24:


These were the opening words to the first Tucker Carlson Tonight which followed the initial George Floyd riots. This is what happened in Ithaca, New York yesterday. We gathered to have our Trump 2020 Rally, and at 4 PM were immediately met by a large group of counter protestors. After about a half hour went by and the counter protestors saw that they had a large numerical advantage, they began crossing the street.

At that point they began pushing, shoving, kicking, punching, stealing peoples signs and flags, taking peoples hats, and attempting to physically intimidate the crowd into surrender. It got to the point where the mob was attacking anyone who still had Trump gear on. We called Ithaca Police Department to let them know what was happening, but they didn’t show up for a half hour and merely directed traffic away from the riot once they did show up.

As a result, two women were physically injured by the mob. One of them, a 60 year old woman, had her shoulder dislocated by the mob. Finally, in the aftermath of that, we managed to get one officer down to the GOP Headquarters with two EMT’s to treat her. After that point, the mob declared victory and began walking down the street blocking the road in celebration.
The only way to respond to this is to show up a week from today.

If the mob learns that they can intimidate people into silence, it’s over. At that point, we no longer have freedom of expression in the place where we live. The ONLY way to show them that this doesn’t work is to show them that this will cause us to show up.

We hope to see you at the Back The Blue rally on Saturday.


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Colonel Travis | October 17, 2020 at 9:16 pm

That idiotic sign – Fight for socialism over barbarism? Oh, the irony. These jerks have no idea what barbarism really is, nor that they are the purveyors of it.

Leave me the you-know-what alone. Oooh, I’m such a barbarian.

IndependentDem | October 17, 2020 at 9:43 pm

Where were the police during the attack by the socialists and BLM racists? If the article is correct, the Back the Blue marchers were ignored and abandoned by the very force they were supporting. Maybe it’s time we began to recognize that our knee-jerk support of all police is misguided. Certainly the police under the direction of Democrat governors, mayors, and city councils have become suspect (in my eyes, at least) when it comes to my constitutional rights. Too many of them, though not all of course, seem to enjoy a bit too much enforcing petty laws and “directives.”

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to IndependentDem. | October 17, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    They follow orders.

      A Punk Named Yunk in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | October 19, 2020 at 2:38 pm

      > They follow orders

      Poor excuse for politically discriminatory enforcement. On the other hand, in cities where the cops *are* under such orders (and follow them], perhaps walk away and let the cops support themselves. But let them know loud and clear why there will be no more “back the blue” rallies: They don’t merit the backing.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to IndependentDem. | October 18, 2020 at 8:49 am

    Looking at the guy pulling the Trump flag off the pole, it would be neat if there was a 12 gauge 00 buck shell with a simple firing mechanism triggered by say a 20 pound pull on the flag.

    This was a pro-Trump rally. The Back the Blue rally is scheduled for 24 October.

Until there are consequences….they will only think they are getting stronger….

    Whitewall in reply to rabid wombat. | October 17, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    As always, until the mobs take casualties, they will continue.

    rabidfox in reply to rabid wombat. | October 18, 2020 at 12:10 am

    Until there are consequences they WILL continue to get stronger.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to rabid wombat. | October 18, 2020 at 8:32 am

    Recruit muscle and then educate the sobs when they get physical. Make sure that enough are hospitalized that the rest lose their appetite for assaulting other people.

    Sue the city.

      When that happens the PD in these Socialist/Communist cities will suddenly be ordered to ensure every tittle and jot of the law is stringently enforced “to protect the people”, with arrests of Trump supporters following.

        Whitewall in reply to Edward. | October 18, 2020 at 9:19 am

        Yep, that’s the pattern. It can’t happen here! Really? I’ve seen this movie years ago in other nations.

We can hope that at the “Back the Blue” rally, the blue will do their jobs even if their bosses order them to stand down.

So far, conservatives’ love affair with the police resembles our love affair with the Republican Party and Conservatism Inc.

They get our support, and we get … what? De-platformed? De-bank-accounted? Attacked by Antifa and arrested if we defend ourselves? That’s not going to fly for much longer.

I wonder if Trump Supporters will ever grow tired of supporting these lefty indoctrination centers. I know I have.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to rdmdawg. | October 17, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    You mean schools and universities?


    Arizona Liberals Caught Stealing Trump Signs, Had AR-15 In Trunk Of Their Car…

    Weasel Zippers

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to rdmdawg. | October 18, 2020 at 3:15 am

    Those places are supported because those places have badges and guns to extort tax dollars.

They should see some video on the rise of fascism and how much it resembles their ways.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to oldschooltwentysix. | October 18, 2020 at 8:35 am

    They should,but they will not,and even if you got them to watch it, they would rationalize that they were not the same.

    Better yet, a practical example: The Wave that changed the world “Fifty years ago, a Palo Alto teacher’s lesson on fascism took on a life of its own. The Third Wave began as an experiment in the classroom of first-year history teacher Ron Jones to simulate fascism in World War II and demonstrate to skeptical students how the Nazi Party rose to power. Over five days, the movement took on a life of its own as it spread from the 30 sophomores in Jones’ homeroom class to more than 200 students from all three high schools in the Palo Alto school district eager to pledge allegiance to a social movement that promised acceptance and reward to those who obediently followed its rigid rules.”

It would be so laughably easy to lure these vapid Marxist twats into an ambush. Teach them a lesson for the ages.

This is where I usually say: “Resist Socialist Oppression” but I think I need to move it up a notch….

Socialism is a Crime AGAINST Humanity.

And by this I mean all of the Marxist sects – Communism, Socialism (Marx used both of these two terms interchangeably,) Anarchism, Fascism/Nazism, Stalinism, Maoism, et cetera.

Why can’t our side hire armed security for these events?

    rocky71 in reply to Isolden. | October 18, 2020 at 7:45 am

    The ‘armed security’ is funded every time one pays their taxes. How about local administrations start upholding their DUTIES?? Or perhaps numerous “Equal Protection” and “Failure to Act” in Professional & Personal Capacities lawsuits are in order…

Amazingly juvenile.

Lucifer Morningstar | October 18, 2020 at 8:44 am

. . . Dakota Ingraham, accosted the Trump supporters and stated he had felt threatened by one of their attendees . . .

So is this going to be the excuse de jure when a “counter protester” decides to assault a Trump supporter? That they felt “threatened” so they just had to attack the person/people instead of backing off and removing themselves from the situation? Disgusting.

    BierceAmbrose in reply to Lucifer Morningstar. | October 18, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    Going to be?

    This is one of their practiced tactics. Also, note the subjective, sliding, amorphous scale

    “*I* *felt* *threatened* *for no reason til you ask me why* *then some indistinct gesture or vague wording.*


    *We* *all* *society* *whats allowed* *the rules*; *logically* *objectively*; *must*; *physically* *beat the living snot out of you.*”

    Maybe just don’t accept that framing. Quit hitting me n get yr hands off of my stuff.

    They use people’s civility: people want to be fair, n respond with reason, n find common ground. Once they start with the fantasy jaccuse, that’s not the game.

    Andrew Breitbart had a gift for sticking with his real frame of reference, in real time. “Why did you throw eggs at me.” … with video rolling. Look up that encounter.

    Get yr hands off my stuff.

    Yr robbing me now?

    Stop hitting me. Step back.

    Why y’all maneuvering to surround me; you wanna talk, right in front works better.

    What you comin over here for?

    There’s six of you, screaming; that’s pretty threatening.

    Whatever they do that’s just infuriating, it’s infuriating because its a cheat. Don’t accept it, call them out, n stick to yr point.

    On camera n send that everywhere.

BierceAmbrose | October 18, 2020 at 9:00 am

Well, a bunch of the “me too” over-achievers couldn’t be left out – it might impact their grade. This is how they got into Cornell, after all.

A preview of coming attractions should the d win. Though, there might be an additional 2nd feature in more rural areas.

when even the left is saying they hate has gone too far you crossed a bridge.

Physically attacking while chanting “shut it down.” Declaring that Trump supporters “are not welcome” on public property. This is a perfectly explicit conspiracy to suppress civil rights, a FEDERAL crime punishable with 10 years in jail. Multiply that by the number of victims and apply it to every perpetrator.

These laws are very powerful for a reason. We had to stop Democrat-majority states from suppressing the political rights of opposition groups once before. Prosecuting this political criminality is the job of our absent Attorney General Bill Barr. So far he is no better than Jeff Sessions.

This is exactly the reason why we have the 2nd Amendment in this country. And, it is the reason why high capacity firearms were developed. Here you have a group of people exercising their 1st Amendment right to express an opinion lawfully. They are no harming anyone, defacing or destroying property or even creating an significant disturbance. Yet, they are set upon by a larger group who subjects them to assault, battery and robbery, all criminal acts, some of which are felonies. Local authorities can not, or will not, stop the unlawful activities. So, who has to do that? The common man. Ever notice how peaceful these liberal counter protests become, when the conservative protestors are obviously armed with firearms? Why do you think the left is ssooo worried about “white supremacist militias”, code for armed conservatives?

Do not make the mistake of thinking that these liberal barbarians will be cowed or held to standards of civilized behavior by criticism. They do not want to be part of society, they want to destroy it. The shooting war gets closer. And, civilized members of society had best keep their arms close at hand and their powder dry.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Mac45. | October 18, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    These liberal thugs are brave when they are a gang. They are bullies, and the only thing which gets through a bully’s thick skull is having the crap beat out of them.

    These rallies need to look small while having reinforcements standing by, with helmets and Kevlar on, nunchucks, 2-3′ 1″ chain, baseball bats,brass knuckles, etc. When the group is assaulted, attitude adjusters rush in and make them very sorry. They should also be armed, just in case they run into armed resistance.

    That is what it will take to change these bullies mindset.

He thought he saw them get a gun, so he goes and confronts them and continues confronting and escalating. Yeah, we see how this works.

“If pro-authoritarian forces are going to keep showing up in Ithaca we need to show them that they are not welcome here,” said David Foote.

Because, who could imagine that using mob violence to prevent others from speaking might be considered, umm, “authoritarian”?

So, “antifa” behave like Brownshirts, bullies insist they are victims (“he made me hit him”?) but, are they truly so deluded as to belive this?

“You can’t say that,” said the “anti-authoritarian.”

agree your analysis, mac–per the photos in this article, appears the agitators are attacking women only and that agitators appear unarmed–not lethal force but perhaps reciprocal force required?–in the header photo, am surprised the woman doesn’t grab the black guy’s arm, step toward his body and kick his balls up between his ears–one, two and done–would put him out of action for the day–and the other photo of the two gals with the flag–why not put a little weight behind the pole and give him a straight shot in the chest at the base of his neck? likewise, he’s out of action for the day–perhaps a bit of training time for us all to prepare for just such scenarios

    Taking property from the possession of another, without that person’s permission and through the use of force, is nearly universally classified as robbery, under state statute. Most states classify it as a forcible or violent felony. In many states, deadly force can be used to stop the commission of a forcible or violent felony. So, deadly force might well be justified in such cases.

    However, most people are not going to trust that a common citizen, armed with a firearm, will not shoot them in self defense, regardless of the existing laws on use of deadly force. And, only a few uses of deadly force are necessary to establish the deterrent value of being armed with a firearm.

      Brave Sir Robbin in reply to Mac45. | October 18, 2020 at 8:18 pm

      Mac – you do not get it. Defending yourself in any way is forbidden. You will be prosecuted if you do. These are the new rules. You have no rights, especially a right to live.

“Rebuke” the rally?

What a pathetic attempt to whitewash the thuggery of the left.

BierceAmbrose | October 18, 2020 at 3:25 pm

This one time at band camp… I lost some colleagues by noting that a hand on a knife during a conflict is something like a threat.

This is the game we’re in dealing with these players LARPing that its real, but not real. Brained reporters, n burned businesses is pretty real.

We’re not required to support their fantasy, when it costs us for real…

/The Story Goes

A seminar leader,.. colleague n friend at the time … started spewing Lackoff-crafted D-party talking points.

It went far enough with “There’s still slavery in the U S…”

I responded into the minutes-long reverie (n induction, technically); “That’s enough. What the hell are you doin…”

The “agreed” notion was to maybe touch on politics from the seminar’s — tools n techniques — perspective.

It turns out addressimg each misdirection n lie directly made the “leader” walk out. He coulda just stopped that n got back to the seminar content. Or gone to deconstruct the conversation between us right then, which was the seminar topic: communication n language. (This guy was way smarter than Lackoff – he knew what he was doing if he chose to look.)

A couple attendees brought it up the next day, “The Elephant In The Room.” Leader-guy went lateral. (Watch the structure of what he does here – ed.)

“I was getting agitated. I just didn’t want to feel that way, so I left. Nothing’s gonna happen. I have this (knife on belt – ed), n he has one.”

“But nothing to be concerned about; nothing’s gonna happen, right, Bierce?”

“I don’t *think* anything physical’s gonna happen. You’re the one with your hand on your knife.”

This is one of their games: get agreement to do one thing then do something else. It’s just a protest. Thing is, once a protest becomes only “mostly peaceful” it isn’t a protest any more. A “counter-protest” that swarms the other guys isn’t a protest any more, either.

Another game is communicate n deny. A screaming gaggle charging to surround you is obvious communication of intent, and putting you at disadvantage. It’s a threat, twice, not counting whatever they say.

Seminar-guy went back to the actuwl content for the rest of our time. I lost some colleagues n mostly lost a mentor. He’s died since. Weirdly I got to be some help to folks who took that hard; I had a chance to mourn that loss early.

These are the stakes in this current madness — friendships, careers, associations, they may even kill you in their posession. Know, so you’re not paralyzed in the event. Know there’s no limit to how far they’ll go. And know their universal tactic is to lie.

I learned a lot at that band camp.
Inquiring minds would like to know if this is the same Dakota Ingraham.

These BLM/”Antifa” little sh*ts need to have the crap beaten out of them. Mercilessly. They get away with this fascistic obnoxious behavior because they are allowed to. They are coddled and enabled. They need to be pummeled repeatedly, have their teeth knocked down their throats, utterly throttled. Enough already.