BLM Antifa Confronts Conservative Western Summit Video
Directory Western Conservative Summit, held at the Hyatt Regency Denver on June 18-19, was countered this year by the Western BLM-Antifa Summit, a series of protests that brought together local progressive groups and activists.
The right-wing media, represented by the Washington Times and Oregon reporter and Summit speaker Andy Ngo, described the protests as violent and chaotic examples of anti-Americanism. In contrast, the point of view of the Denver Communists, which was joined at the Alternative Summit by members of the Front Range Mutual Aid Network, WITCH Denver, the Front Range Community Defense Collective, the Anon Resistance Movements, Anti-Repression Colorado and The Denver Action Network, suggests that many of the confrontations were sparked by Conservative Western Summit supporters from groups such as the Proud Boys.
In previous years, the Western Conservative Summit, hosted by the Centennial Institute, a branch of Colorado Christian University, was held at the Colorado Convention Center. Earlier this month, Centennial Institute Director Jeff Hunt explained the move to the Hyatt, noting that the WCS was assembled during a period when COVID-19 capacity restrictions were still in place, resulting in an expected in-person presence of around 500 rather than the usual crowd of over 2,000. But the reach of the Summit would be greater than ever, he explained, thanks to an online presentation that generated more than 300,000 views across the country for last year’s virtual version. In-person speakers at the summit included Representative Lauren Boebert, Lakewood baker Jack Phillips (who was convicted of discriminating against a transgender lawyer by a Denver court last week) and former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
A lot of business was done at the Summit, including the annual straw poll of potential presidential candidates. Participants were simply asked if they approved of thirty potential “popular figures from across the political spectrum” ahead of the 2024 election – and Donald Trump was not at the top of the list.
Here are the top five voters:
1. Ron DeSantis – 74.12 percent
2. Donald Trump – 71.43 percent
3. Ted Cruz – 42.86 percent
4. Mike Pompeo – 39.35 percent
5. Tim Scott – 35.58 percent
With the aim of attracting both a national and regional audience, the Summit was presented in an elegant and highly produced manner intended to be translated online, with videos like these:
As for the alternative rally, the Washington Times described it as a virtual seat, as evidenced by its title, “Chaos ensues as Antifa converges on top of Western conservatives in DenverThis excerpt is typical of the tone: “Protesters, some with megaphones, harassed people entering and leaving the hotel. Activists blocked traffic, prompting a driver to jump out of her car and accuse them of throwing a water bottle at her vehicle. Others chanted “Boebert’s bitch boys” to a line of police outside the venue. “
This report contained a statement from the Centennial Institute’s Hunt describing the protest as an indirect endorsement: “The fact that Antifa chose to protest our event proves to me three things: 1) The Conservative West Summit is doing it right; 2) They are afraid of the impact of the conservative message; and 3) They’re just idiots turning the scum on. “
This latter representation was reinforced by the inclusion of two tweets from Ngo. See the first …
Antifa fiercely clashed with an alleged Western Conservative Conference attendee in downtown Denver. The antifa gathered and waited for the participants to leave the Hyatt Regency. (I’m talking here.) Video of @ElijahSchaffer: pic.twitter.com/m2tBMPjDri
– Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 19, 2021
… and the second:
The story of the Denver Communists hardly echoes these images. “The first day of the Western BLM-Antifa summit started off rather slowly,” the organization reports. “Fifty protesters gathered outside the Hyatt to demonstrate against all the reactionary isms and phobias spewing inside. We felt right at home! We hung a ‘Hyatt hosts hate’ banner and Trump pinata. Alongside our IMT comrades, sold a copy of Clara Zetkin How to fight fascism, distributed leaflets on the far right and had many good conversations with participants and passers-by. “
According to the group, “White-haired, white-skinned nationalists stood up to be yelled at. Some Proud Boys bravely knocked us down from inside. A few scuffles broke out, including one sparked by a right-wing provocateur. in a false beard … and ended up being a left-wing hero! ” There were also Phillips-inspired chants – among them “What do we want? Gay cakes! When do we want them? Now!”
After sunset, a small number of protesters decided to march around the hotel. According to the Denver Communists’ report, “We barely got around the block before we ran into a riot line of militarized police guarding three tour buses!” young conservatives dressed in the cartoonish formal clothes that young conservatives like to wear managed to board a bus before the three of them backed up a full block to escape the angry crowds. We moved forward as they retreated, as you do. Then they noticed a few ‘Proud Boys losers backing up into the block in their Honda. They also recognized us, which is not surprising after our numerous encounters over the years.’
On day two of the Western BLM-Antifa Summit, protesters presented a “disgraceful super gay cake” from Phillips, as well as a “soup tossing contest and vegan milkshakes… but only for our family, since the icon nearest milkshake fashion, Andy Ngo, walked up to us, waving from a fourth floor window. “
But the Communists in Denver say they were visited by “FEC United (Faith, Education, Commerce) and its fascist militia, the United Armed Forces “, as well as two” multi-level vendors “who” came by to try to troll us, one in a bulletproof vest, [befitting their] aesthetics of violence. We asked a few stupid questions and laughed at them slightly before a comrade recognized the UADF logo and sent them packing with chants of “Trad wife, get a life!”
Part of the exchange with the women is captured in the following video.
BLM-Antifa summits say they then encountered “25 badass in expensive tacticool gear” who “stood politely on the sidewalk behind the KKKops. To counter our gay cake, milkshakes, T-shirts and our flip flops, they brought shields, plates of armor and who knows what else. ” But rather than engage in an all-out brawl, the statement asserts that “the fascists have finally returned to their pristine vans, Castle Rock McMansions and boat dealers. We berated them for half an hour and they didn’t have a single word to say. offer back. They have nothing to offer other than their aesthetic violence.
None of those actions evaluated tweets from the Denver Police Department this weekend; we reached out to Hunt of the Centennial Institute for his advice.
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