The letter from Jan Lengenfelder in the June 11 Daily Herald, with its fawning support for Antifa, richly deserves comment. The fact that the Southern Poverty Law Center does not list Antifa as a “hate group” tells you all you need to know about Antifa, as well as the corruption at the heart of SLPC. Lengenfelder’s attempt to describe Antifa as “good” because its name stems from “anti-fascism” completely ignores the violence and destruction this group has caused in our state, as well as in neighboring Portland, Oregon, not to mention many other states. Ask journalist Andy Ngo, who suffered a brain hemorrhage at the hands of these thugs on May Day 2019. The Antifa name is surely ironic, because their actions are more akin to those of the Brownshirts of Germany in 1934, who paved the way for the Nazis.
Lengenfelder’s main complaints seem to be that there were overfull trash containers full of empty beer bottles, and numerous posters for “hate groups,” none identified. It seems to me that Lengenfelder and two of other Snohomish citizens who were quoted in an earlier article this past week weren’t able to connect the facts of armed citizens on the streets in Snohomish and the complete lack of rioting and looting in Snohomish. The same cannot be said for Seattle, South Center, Bellevue, and other cities in Western Washington.