After San Jose, Patriots Must Step Up

Commentary by Stewart Rhodes

In the Wake of San Jose, Patriots Must Step up to Protect All Americans Against Assault by Violent Thugs
In the Wake of San Jose, Patriots Must Step up to Protect All Americans Against Assault by Violent Thugs
Oath Keepers
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United States -(AmmoLand.com)- An article posted in the morning hours of June 09, 2016, [HERE] is titled:

San Jose Undercover Cops: “Trump Supporters were running for their lives – We were unable to help”…

In light of several key factors arising from the article at Conservative Treehouse, Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes wishes to issue a statement, which I will post below.

However, let us first set the tone by viewing a video clip from YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI1t8dtcXWE

In addition to posting the above video in their article, the “Conservative Treehouse” also has furnished some police reports from City of San Jose, California, which include –

Under Cover San Jose Officer #1: […] Throughout the afternoon and evening I watched several individuals wearing “Trump” articles of clothing getting punched, kicked and pushed.

Under Cover #2: […] I was assigned to the Covert Response Unit and dressed in a plainclothes capacity. … As time came closer to 18:00 more protesters arrived; mostly younger males and females between the ages of 14 to 25. … some began burning the United States flag in the middle of the street. It became inherently dangerous for anyone wearing a hat or T-Shirt in support of Trump. I observed Trump supporters being spit on, objects being thrown at them, punched, kicked and even robbed of their personal belongings. In these instances I observed victims running for their lives because protesters began adopting the mob mentality and attacking people. I was unable to make contact with any of these victims due to my undercover capacity and fear for my own safety as well.

I strongly recommend going to the original article and following their embedded links, where readers will learn about the Mayor's complicity in the police stand-down and the official policy for police to allow this to take place outside a Trump for President rally on June 02. Example:

San Jose Police Chief Garcia admitted his officers were instructed not to stop violent protesters from beating the Trump rally attendees. In addition the San Jose Mayor has openly admitted to approving the San Jose police departments plans, and blamed Donald Trump for having the audacity to have a rally in “his city”.

Do go to the original site and check the other embedded links to get yet more insight into what transpired, and did not transpire but should have. And if you want to go up a level or two in your perception of today's America, check out Michael Shaw's outstanding work on the Globalization of California.

Message From Stewart Rhodes

No American, anywhere, whether you agree with their views or not, should be attacked for expressing their God given (and Constitution protected) rights of free speech and assembly, and their right to participate in our political process. And no police officer, who has sworn an oath to support and defend the Constitution, should obey any order to not protect the rights of people to peaceably assemble and express their views, and should refuse any order to stand by and do nothing as violent, criminal thugs assault Americans who are simply exercising their rights. It is a disgrace to have the police obey such orders, and an act of treason for the politicians to give such orders.

If officers are so outnumbered that they are concerned for their own safety, that is one thing, but to not intervene because some oath breaking, partisan scumbag politician orders them to stand down, so the politician's thuggish foot-soldiers have a free hand to terrorize and assault other Americans, is inexcusable. Whatever happened to “Protect and Serve”? The fundamental justification for having police, or having government at all, is to protect people against predatory violence. These violent communist and La Raza racist thugs are the true “Brownshirts” of modern America, attempting to use violence and intimidation to shut down free speech and assembly.

If the police will not protect Americans from violent assault meant to punish them for their political views, and meant to silence them by force, then Americans will have to protect themselves, and each other, from such violence.

I call on all patriotic Americans to step up and protect the weak, the elderly, the vulnerable among them against these thugs, wherever they strike. Veterans, you have a particular obligation and duty, under your oath, to step up and protect your fellow Americans by stepping in between them and these thugs. In the absence of police protection, Veterans need to step in the gap and form up five to eight man security teams who can serve as escorts and rescue people from being beaten.

As anyone versed in defensive tactics or combatives will tell you, whenever anyone is sucker punched there is a very real and serious risk that they will fall and then hit their head on the concrete, on a parking block, on a curb, on a parked car, etc and that secondary impact can, and does, result in death. A person can also be stomped and kicked to death by a mob in short order. These are deadly threat mob assaults and must be treated as such.

Anyone attending any event targeted by these radical leftist extremists needs to realize they are in a tactical situation that requires them to prepare for the worst and to take steps to protect themselves. They should go in groups of four or more, and among them needs to be people who are fit enough, and trained enough, to hold their own in a melee. If you are a fit, strong veteran, you have a duty to be the “sheepdog” and walk with those who are less able to defend themselves. Go in groups, and be ready to defend yourselves and others.

Any Oath Keeper who goes out and protects people who are under such threat of assault is doing the right thing. And we need to be willing to do that for ANY American under such threat, even if we disagree with their political views (for example, even if you disagree with Democrats who will be attending the DNC, or any other Democrat gathering, you should be willing to protect them if they are assaulted by violent radicals, and the same for Republicans attending the RNC). This org is non-partisan for a very good reason. We must stand for the rights of all Americans, at all times, in all places.

When we stepped up in Ferguson, MO and protected Natalie, of Natalie's Cakes and More (who happens to be a black woman), and her neighbors, we didn't ask them what political party they belonged to, or what their politics were. It didn't matter. We protected them because it was the right thing to do, and because no American should be assaulted, murdered by arsonists, or raped, robbed, or looted. Same here.

I will be holding an urgent Oath Keepers BOD and leadership call tomorrow night to discuss this situation and how we can help. But all patriots, regardless of what group they are in, need to step up and protect people against such violence and attempts to use force to chill their speech.

These are intolerable acts of thuggery that must be stopped.

For the Republic,
Stewart Rhodes

PS – the San Jose Police Department has issued a statement, defending their inaction, saying:

While several physical assaults did occur, the police personnel on scene had the difficult task of weighing the need to immediately apprehend the suspect(s) against the possibility that police action involving the use of physical force under the circumstances would further insight the crowd and produce more violent behavior.

What a load of bull. I just got off the phone with veteran police officers and tactical trainers Greg McWhirter (former Indianapolis cop and current Montana corrections) and John Karriman (Missouri Police Academy Defensive Tactics instructor) and both of them stated that standing down is exactly opposite of what the San Jose police should have done, and only emboldened the thugs, producing more violent behavior, since the thugs could clearly see that the police would do nothing to stop them. The right answer was to drop a hammer on the first thugs to commit assault, including using less than lethal rubber baton shotgun rounds if needed (thugs hate and fear shotguns) and pepper balls. Make an example of a few, and the rest tend to back off (just like any gaggle of bullies). The excuse given by the department is akin to a cowardly husband saying “don't resist Martha, or it will make them angry, just let them have their way” which usually results in rape and murder of both of them. It gives the thugs a green light and the thrill of doing as they wish right in front of the police. What's next? Will “politically correct” cops let someone be beaten to death in front of them out of fear of inciting the crowd to more violent behavior?

Given how fast someone can be beaten to death by a mob, that nobody was killed here was just blind luck, and certainly not because of anything the San Jose Police Department did.

About Oath Keepers:

Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, reserves, National Guard, veterans, Peace Officers, and Fire Fighters who will fulfill the Oath we swore, with the support of like minded citizens who take an Oath to stand with us, to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us God. Our Oath is to the Constitution.

For more information, visit: www.oathkeepers.org.

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TEX
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TEX

Trump supporters will start kicking these son of a bitches asses ! If the police are told to stand down we will stand up and kick some socialist ass !

SuperG
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SuperG

Those video taping while the woman was cornered by the mob, didn’t even try to open the door for her. If I could catch and beat them I surely would. Failing to come to the aid of a woman, while you stand by and film for profit, is one of the most disgusting acts that I’ve seen in a long time. As for the police there, you should turn in your badges, as you no longer uphold the law, as you swore. Don’t give me that “I was just following orders” crap either. You were cowards, you were an insult… Read more »

Chris Robinette
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Chris Robinette

That is what was the main defense statement of those Nazi’s tried in Neuenburg. that defense did not work either. Tis better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

Dave Brown
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Dave Brown

I only read bits and pieces as most news is very slanted. I did see some hope as to not caring what color or politics they are, but just trying to do the right thing because they are US. Yet I see so much us vs them in the above it is very saddening. Steal their land crap, don’t agree with my point of view nutty stuff. Give me a break, We are WE, Us are US. Seems like just about nobody likes anybody. Me, I live in Indian Country, SD, and I have been the Token White Guy as… Read more »

Tom C.
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Tom C.

Did anyone notice the police chief’s name? Garcia, he is one of them not one of us. They think we stole property from them and the sneaky brown b******rds are trying to take it back plus a whole lot more. They are lawless and came from lawless. Trump is our only solution at this point.

Fernandino
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Fernandino

Did nobody carry a gun to defend him-herself against these MF??? Ohhh, I forgot: that happened in the Socialist Republic of California, where illegals and gangbangers have more rights than honest citizens!!!! Sad for the Californians!!!!

Tionico
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Tionico

San Jose and Santa Clara counties are amongst the “shall not issue” ones in the state. Thus almost no locals can carry concealed, and no one in that sorry state can carry openly. BUT.. if folks from other counties in the state that DO issue to all not prohibited the use of arms were to show up, THEY can lawfully carry anywhere in their state with their Mother May I Cards. California do not issue carry permits to non residents, nor do they recognise the permits from any other state. SO< these Oath Keepers will have to come from the… Read more »

Chris Robinette
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Chris Robinette

I do have 2 words. Sword cane.

Mike McAllister
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Mike McAllister

If the police are ordered to stand down and do it, then they are no better than the people that told them to stepdown. I support the police, but they have to do their job and report anyone that tries to stop them.

wozzi
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wozzi

Great idea….the only problem is they will be disciplined/fired/skewered in the media for taking action. The assbags that neutered the cops have created this, and here is the result.

Mike McAllister
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Mike McAllister

The union seems to be able to keep the bad cops on the force. Make them work to keep the good ones!

Wayne
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Wayne

The liberal left have been saying that the standing up for our 2A rights, is likened to the old west. News flash, there have been guns, both concealed & open carried, for decades. It was never a big deal until they made it one by trying to take something that wasn’t theirs…namely, our rights. The thing in San Jose has the true flavor of the “Wild West”, more so than any gun debate. It reminds me of Gene Hackman’s role in “The Unforgiven”, where he plays the pistol whipping, whip whipping, unrelenting, “MY TOWN” type leader (?) of Big Whiskey…not… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress selected Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston to draft a declaration of independence because the American people had had enough of the British setting aside the law when ever and where ever the British wanted to. How ironic!

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

Liberal elitist judges and legislators seem determined to destroy the rule of law in the United States. This would not be a civil war or a revolt, but rather a restoration of the rule of law. Nor do I think that it would be illegal, even if blood were spilled and politicians hanged. Ugly, but not illegal.

Chris Robinette
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Chris Robinette

The San Jose police was under orders to do nothing but “hold the line” by their “LaRaza” chief of police. Those “protesters” are paid assassins with instructions to cause as much pain and injuries to any Trump supporters. Paid assassins can be taken out and the claim of self defense is in effect.

MBH
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MBH

This is America. Our legas system does not allow this. The citizens should not put up with it. It seems the liberials want a civil war. Lets rise together and stop this. We have laws, enforce them. Protect our citizens first.

Matt in Oklahoma
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Matt in Oklahoma

It’s not your job to step up. It’s the sheeple of Kalifornia job to step up and quit getting their b…. kicked. Look at that guy. He tall and in great gym shape. He could have easily waxed the floor with that scrawny little American hater but instead chose to whine and smile for the camera. His buddy also did nothing so there ya go 2 capable (men?) that got handled. Oh and where were the other capable kalis? Recording with their cell phones instead of being human and helping. No it’s time for Kali to step up and handle… Read more »

Fb
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Fb

Matt, that’s the attitude that’s separating this nation. I think your attitude would change if this happened to you or your family. You against a mob of 50 weaponized punks. Indulge me with what you would do.

Matt in Oklahoma
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Matt in Oklahoma

Against me? Lol
I do this stuff for a living. Outnumbered and outweaponized is the norm. You fight which is exactly what I’m saying to you and anyone else. It’s YOUR job not someone else’s especially in a state that doesn’t and hadn’t fought for their self in a while. No need for you to load up and go until they fight back first.
Divided? You betcha I’m divided with Kali

fb
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fb

Bro, walking around with escrima sticks or opened knives will get you arrested or shot by law enforcement. Yes, I also have been training in the combative arts most of my life. I now train diligently with the spec ops community here in San Diego and have a good understanding of force on force strategy. Empty handed, you might be able to knock down a couple of punks but not 50 at one time rushing in 360 degrees. Trust me, there are a lot of individuals here (military, non-military, pro fighters) that can “step up”, however the reality is no… Read more »

Matt in Oklahoma
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Matt in Oklahoma

I have no idea what you are talking about walking around with sticks. My escrima is marginal at best.
I’m glad your training with special whoevers to legitimize. You don’t see them walk into a storm with a stick either.

Clark Kent
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Clark Kent

‘Oaf Keepers’ will just make any violent situation worse. Poorly trained bozos will end up getting arrested for assault and old geezers will get their azzes kicked by the crowd. What needs to happen in anti-Trump cities is a lawsuit against the mayors and city councils for allowing criminal behavior to go unchecked. THAT will get their attention, not a bunch of rag-tag couch commandos.

jim
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jim

YOU are this nation. As a citizen, YOU have the obligation and responsibility to mutually defend the fortunes and safety of your family and fellow citizens. While I agree with your premise that the government officials being negligent of their duties must be called to task or removed, it is also your responsibility to preserve liberty and act justly. (that sometimes means active defense of you fellows)
All that it takes for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. Does that sound familiar?

Tionico
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Tionico

yeah, makes perfect sense.. after a few people are stomped to death by the soros funded bullies sent to terrorise the one candidate he cannot control, sue the city. Six years later maybe some court will finally decide “well, yeah, this was sad, but, what diference, at this point, does it make? ” The intent of OathKeepers in publishing this is to take action to PREVENT such violence from becomeing the “law of the land”.. the law of thuggery. There are certain unalienable rights at stake here… it is GOVERNM<ENT"S job to guard those rights…. the San Jose police abdicated… Read more »

gunrightsdemocrat
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gunrightsdemocrat

Governments job to protect? They don’t care about you or me, for your family or mine. It is everyone’s duty to protect victims of thugs and mob violence. I just don’t understand why people can’t contain themselves at these events. Its assinine.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

The rioters can’t contain themselves because the Soros machine is paying them to be violent.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

Clark is over estimating the power of courts to make things right, and underestimating the power of Oath Keepers and other citizens make things right. We must keep America in 2016 from becoming like the brown shirt Germans of the 1930s. Talk back, push back, write back, and shoot back.

Gryyphyn
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Gryyphyn

Second amendment first, all others after. If Commifornia wasn’t run by criminals so afraid of weapons that stop their criminal activities this rally wouldn’t have been an issue and there would be a whole bunch of hole-punched liberal thugs in the hospital. I don’t say that to condone violence but to illustrate the need to be able to protect yourself and your First Amendment rights. Clark, this is Ammoland. After seeing your grossly liberalized rhetoric in the comments so frequently I ask that you find somewhere else to put them. There are plenty of other forums and news aggregators all… Read more »