Andrew Yang offered his sympathy to fellow Asian American Andy Ngo, the conservative journalist assaulted by a group of left-wing supporters in Portland, Oregon on Saturday.
Ngo, who works for the right-leaning website Quillette, was covering protests against the far-right group Proud Boys when several Antifa members threw eggs, milkshakes and rocks in his direction.
— Jim Ryan (@Jimryan015) June 29, 2019
The journalist, who was also bear- and pepper-sprayed, ended up in the emergency room with injuries on his head and neck.
“Attacked by Antifa. Bleeding. They stole my camera equipment. No police until after. Waiting for ambulance. If you have evidence of [the] attack please help,” he said in a tweet.
In the ER. pic.twitter.com/spe5N4nzVl
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) June 29, 2019
The attack has since been condemned on social media, with notable reporters describing it as “reprehensible” and “unacceptable.”
“Even @MrAndyNgo’s critics should have no trouble saying this: The assault against him was unacceptable,” wrote CNN’s Brian Stelter.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) June 30, 2019
On Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang weighed in and sent well-wishes to Ngo.
“I hope @MrAndyNgo is okay. Journalists should be safe to report on a protest without being targeted.”
I hope @MrAndyNgo is okay. Journalists should be safe to report on a protest without being targeted.
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) July 1, 2019
Ngo was released from the hospital on Sunday. Portland Police, who have arrested three people over the violent clashes, are still conducting investigations.
Yang’s message has received 60,000 likes and 12,000 comments as of this writing. Supporters, as well as others, praised him for speaking out on the matter:
Finally! A member of @TheDemocrats field for 2020 pronounces a position on this matter. A no brainer but still better late than never.
— Gad Saad (@GadSaad) July 1, 2019
— Former World Heavyweight Champion Omar Lee (@lamarls) July 1, 2019
— Christina Sommers (@CHSommers) July 1, 2019
Thanks for being a #democrat with a spine
— MP (@MezzoParty) July 1, 2019
Thank you for commenting on this. I hope the rest of the Democratic candidates do so as well, but I’m not holding my breath.
— Colin Wright (@SwipeWright) July 1, 2019
Thank you @AndrewYang for being the only Democratic candidate who seems to care even a little bit about citizens being attacked in the streets.
— Sean Haughwout (@SHaughwout) July 1, 2019
And @AndrewYang is the smartest Dem running
— Thomas Bastasch (@ThomasForCal) July 1, 2019
Happy that you spoke out on this. I know some will give you flak for this but if we want to create a truly progressive society, it is fundamental we stick to our principles of which press freedom and violence as a last resort are among the most important ones.
— Haris (@EvilFiek) July 1, 2019
We are looking at one of the most sensible and bipartisan candidates in @AndrewYang, but y’all wanna roll with the crazies. 👍🏾 love him more and more whenever he talks
— Michael Emmons (@MichaelEmmons20) July 1, 2019
First Democrat candidate to acknowledge Andy Ngo. This will go a long way
— CTUAgentIvan 😺 (@CTUAgentIvan) July 1, 2019