Brandon Straka and Mike Harlow were walking away from the Republican National Convention last night and on the way to their hotel when they were insulted with homophobic slurs and then physically assaulted by BLM activists.
A woman yells at them "He's a Donald Trump supporter! He supports racism!"
Straka and Harlow have been touring the country attending events for Straka's #WalkAway Campaign, which states as its mission that it's "time to take our country back from radical leftists" and in effect walk away from a Democrat party that no longer represents values of equality, respect, or individualism.
The Post Millennial caught up to Straka as he was leaving DC. "Physically, we're fine, he said, "but I'm really, really, really f***ing angry."
He said that they were invited to the RNC last night to hear President Trump speak, and that it was "an amazing and incredible experience."
It was when they were leaving that a mob of activists heckled them and other RNC attendees at the White House gates. While most of the attendees turned right, he said, into the crowd, he and Harlow decided to turn left to go back to their hotel.
They did this in order to avoid the mob, but it would not be successful. Straka believes that many of those BLM activists were in from out of town, as many of them were staying in the same hotel that he and Harlow were, identifiable by their BLM t-shirts.
The sheer number of demonstrators and agitators caused the streets to be shut down, which made it harder for Straka and Harlow to get a car back to their hotel. When they did get an Uber, they were unable to be dropped off at the hotel.
Though it was a short walk of only a few blocks, they encountered a small group of protestors, women in BLM t-shirts.
Noticing their attire, the women correctly assumed Harlow and Straka had been at the White House event.
"Y'all are f***ed up," a woman said, "y'all are a bunch of f*ggots."
The women then approached Straka and Harlow, and charged. One woman threw a drink at Straka, and knocked the phone from the hand of their friend, who was also heading back to the hotel. The phone went "flying 30 or 40 feet down the street," Straka said.
When asked if the incident had been reported to the police, Straka said no. It was just before this happened, he said, when they were coming out of the White House that some of the heckling mob had "put their hands on" Straka.
"Police were there," he said, "and did nothing. There’s no point in calling the police because they're not going to do anything."
He added that "they're not going to take our side anyway, even though we are gay men who endured an anti-gay attack, no one is going to care."
Straka said that there were "flashing lights everywhere," and that "police seemed agitated and frustrated." He believes they were "throwing up their hands" in the face of the mob.
Once they were back at the hotel, Harlow and Straka could talk about the incident, and they agreed that what was most disturbing was that these kinds of attacks used to happen all the time, going back a decade or more, but that the attitude now is very different.
"The difference is that back then the anti gay attackers didn't think they were the victims," he said.
"Now the attackers think they are being victimized, which gives them justification to attack anyone they want to because they believe they are the victims of racism.
"That makes it all the more insidious," he said, "that the attackers think they are the victims."