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Crowds of Antifa activists gathered outside Powell’s Books in downtown Portland, Ore., this week to demand that Post Millennial editor-at-large Andy Ngo's book Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy be pulled from the store’s website. The radicals may have caused an unintended consequence, because the book is now #1 on Amazon's charts.
Before the controversy the book was at number #1,616 and is now three spots above former President Barack Obama's book and right above the George Orwell classic 1984. Antifa activists intend to protest at Powell's again on Wednesday.
Powell's was shutdown and evacuated both days and police had to be called on Monday. The controversy has pushed the book in just two days to number one on Amazon.
On Monday, Portland’s iconic book seller announced that it would not place Unmasked on shelves, but that the book will remain in its online catalog. Powell’s announcement was the result of demands from Antifa groups on social media for the store to be boycotted and picketed for carrying the book.
Twitter backlash to Powell’s began over the weekend. According to KOIN6 in Portland, "Monday morning, with users complaining Powell’s was 'propagating racism and right-wing ideology' and supporting a 'fascist gravy train book for a nazi-collaborating Portlander.'"
Antifa protesters outside Powell's said that stopping the release of my upcoming book would be like stopping the historical publication of Hitler's "Mein Kampf."
Ngo told The Post Millennial on Monday that, "None of them have read the book and they still demand it be banned. This is a dangerous cult of ignorance."
Powell’s responded to the backlash on Twitter and said, "We carry a lot of books we find abhorrent, as well as those that we treasure. We believe it is the work of bookselling to do so."
Ngo's coverage of Antifa gained national exposure after Antifa activists reportedly assaulted him while he was covering their protests in 2019. His articles and posts have documented the unrest, riots and destruction caused by the extremist group in Portland and around the US.
In Unmasked, Ngo tells the story of the violent Antifa extremist movement. He includes interviews with former followers of the group and people who have been attacked by them.
The book is available for pre-order and will ship in February.