Erik Loomis, a University of Rhode Island history professor, wrote about the murder of a Trump supporter by an ANTIFA member, stating: “Reinoehl killed a fascist. I see nothing wrong with it, at least from a moral perspective.”
Michael Reinoehl shot and killed Aaron “Jay” Danielson, a member of the group ‘Patriot Prayer’ in Portland after the group had shown up to counter-protest against a Black Lives Matter demonstration.
The District Attorney in Portland noted in a charging affidavit that Reinoehl “appeared to be targeting the victim prior to the shooting”. The DA also wrote that Reinoehl had armed himself in case the protests turned violent, and had “allegedly hid in a parking garage, waiting for Aaron ‘Jay’ Danielson, 39, and another Patriot Prayer member.”
Reinoehl was interviewed by Vice News, where he was either delusional or lying, claiming that he shot Danielson to defend someone. He stated that Trump supporters were armed and surrounding a person of color, and he was surrounded by vehicles filled with Trump supporters.
“I had no choice. I mean, I, I had a choice. I could have sat there and watched them kill a friend of mine of color. But I wasn’t going to do that,” Reinoehl said.
“I let him know that I’m here, parked my vehicle and joined up with him, found myself in the intersection in front of the food trucks surrounded by trucks and cars that had weapons,” Reinoehl continued.
The video of the incident and witness statements definitively show that they were not “surrounded” by vehicles with weapons, and that Danielson and his friend were just walking down the street, in the opposite direction of Reinoehl.
Defending a Murderer
Professor Loomis, in a blog post, defended the murder of Danielson, stating:
“Michael Reinoehl is the guy who killed the fascist in Portland last week. He admitted it and said he was scared the cops would kill him Well, now the cops have killed him. I am extremely anti-conspiracy theory. But it’s not a conspiracy theory at this point in time to wonder if the cops simply murdered him. The police is shot through with fascists from stem to stern. They were openly working with the fascists in Portland, as they were in Kenosha which led to dead protestors.”
The professor then referenced a tweet by historian Manisha Sinha, referencing the death of Reinoehl, who police say instigated a shootout when they attempted to arrest him:
Whether you disagree with Michael Reinoehl's tactics, he deserved to be arrested and tried in court, not killed by a motley of federal law enforcement. This seems like a hit job, an extra judicial killing ordered by Trumpsters. When you get rid of the rule of law, you get fascism https://t.co/hAqstbGCxx
— Manisha Sinha (@ProfMSinha) September 4, 2020
A commenter on Loomis’ blog attempted to talk some sense into him, writing: “Erik, he shot and killed a guy,” to which Loomis replied: “Reinoehl killed a fascist. I see nothing wrong with it, at least from a moral perspective.”
As previously reported by the Daily Mail, Loomis has already shown hostility towards Republicans. In a blog post from May of 2018 titled “Republicans: The party of ethnic cleansing in multiple nations,” Loomis ranted: “Republicans aren’t just happy with ethnic cleansing in the United States. The Israeli apartheid state is right up their alley too.”
Professor Loomis has also defended Fidel Castro as ‘an inspiration for billions of people around the world seeking freedom from colonial overlords’, and said that he was ‘a tremendously complex person who attempted to rebuild a society around ideas of justice.’
It is no surprise that a man who would defend a murderous dictator would also defend the murder of a conservative activist. The Democrats are showing their true colors just before the election, will voters pay attention?