Andy Ngo, a photojournalist and editor at Quillette, landed in the emergency room after a mob of antifa activists attacked him on the streets of Portland during a Saturday afternoon demonstration.
The assailants wore black clothing and masks, and were engaged in a counter-protest against several right-wing groups, including the Proud Boys. Ngo is a well-known chronicler of antifa activity, and has criticized their illiberal tactics on Fox News. He attended the protest in this capacity—as a journalist, covering a notable public event.
Before Donald Trump took office, it was hard to find a tougher critic of him than Patrick Byrne, the libertarian CEO of the online retailer Overstock.com. He called Trump a “disgrace to America” and rebuked the reality TV star for his comments about Mexican “rapists” and Sen. John McCain being captured during the Vietnam War.
“I don’t consider Donald Trump a businessman,” Byrne told Reason in October 2016. “[He] inherited $300 million and ran it all the way up to zero, went bankrupt four times…shafted bondholders…He’s a fake capitalist and fake businessman.” (To be fair, Byrne, who endorsed Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson and bankrolled a documentary critical of the two-party system, was equally outspoken against Hillary Clinton, whom he said “should be in an orange jumpsuit.”
But now Byrne has reconsidered his views on President Trump…