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American News Sep 1, 2020 2:51 PM EST

Congressional candidate instructs Antifa on how to make spike strips

A failed California congressional candidate is publicly supporting Antifa on Twitter and instructing militants on how to craft spike strips.

Congressional candidate instructs Antifa on how to make spike strips
Mia Cathell The Post Millennial

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A failed California congressional candidate is publicly supporting Antifa on Twitter and instructing militants on how to craft spike strips.

Steve Cox ran to represent California's 39th Congressional District and lost the primary election on Mar. 3 with only 4.8% of the voters. He was also an independent candidate for the same district in the US House in 2018, losing the June primary of that year.

Now Cox is sharing anti-fascist content and even tweeting out tactics to take down counter-protestors.

"Or if they all got flat tires because a strip of sharp objects was deployed in their path," Cox responded to a "direct action" advocate who had stated it would be a "shame" if the pro-Trump caravan of vehicles that occupied Portland over the weekend was vandalized with "colorful dents."

To which the social justice account responded: "This is all hypothetical of course."

Cox answered with a "hypothetical" tutorial on how to build your own spike strip with just a rubber hose or a strip of wood coupled with long nails.

"But they’d have to be long, hypothetically, because off-road tires have deep treads," Cox clarified "hypothetically." He compiled photographic examples for visuals.

Cox then elaborated on the garden hose guide: "Hypothetically, here’s how to make a spike strip with a garden hose." He retweeted an instructional YouTube video on "How to Make a Homemade Spike Strip," captioned with the "zip it" emoji. The video's description advises that the demonstration is "just for educational purposes only" and "should not be used."

"But definitely don’t do it because it could damage tires on even very large vehicles and stop them in their path," Cox sneered.

A self-described "neocon" and pro-gun advocate against the National Rifle Association, Cox wants to "disarm the police" and "arm the workers" against the "fascists in the streets."

"Violence is the only way you blind oligarchs will pay attention to the people you're supposed to represent," Cox retweeted an Antifa member who rebutted Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for condemning the shooting of the Trump supporter killed Saturday night.

In another shared post, graffiti on a brick wall read: "You have stolen more than we could ever loot."

"Where's the lie though?" Cox retweeted.

Cox also retweeted New York City Antifa in its attempts to smear the conservative group, Patriot Prayer, that the murdered victim was an associate of and participated at their peaceful flag-flying rally in Clackamas. The purportedly innocent patrons of Cedar Riot, once a pub with far-left extremist ties, are Antifa members and sympathizers.

Cox went on to defend the alleged shooter, Michael Forest Reinoehl, who identifies as Antifa and is a vehement Black Lives Matter supporter. In June, Reinoehl posted on Instagram: "We are currently living through a crucial point in Humanities evolution. We truly have an opportunity right now to fix everything. But it will be a fight like no other! It will be a war and like all wars there will be casualties."

"Shooter still seems to have acted in self-defense," Cox attempted to justify the alleged killer's actions.

Cox appears to have blocked numerous Twitter users, including staff members of The Post Millennial.

A long thread revealed that a growing list of accounts had received unwarranted blocks despite never interacting with Cox or knowing of his existence beforehand.

The two-time congressional loser's go-to response to any form of criticism is the "mocking chicken" Spongebob Squarepants gif.

"a cAnDiDaTe fOr CoNgReSs iS rEtWeEtInG aNtiFa" Cox ridiculed.

“hOw iS tHiS gUy rUnNiNg fOr cOnGrESs?” Cox childishly taunted Ian Miles Cheong in a similar text format accompanied by the repeated gif.

Reporters reached out to Cox for comment. He told The Post Millennial: "I believe the right of the people to protest their government is sacrosanct. I also supported the armed, right-wing protesters that took over the state house in Michigan a little while back."

Cox explained that the public needs more defenders of free assembly to stand up to their government, not less. "And people who show up to *counter* these kinds of protests, essentially working on behalf of the state to quell these protests, are incredibly misguided," he wrote.

"I wish the MAGA protesters and BLM/Antifa protesters would all realize that they are actually on the same side, but they don’t know it," Cox continued. "And that side is 'the people' or 'the working class' in opposition to our government that is owned and controlled—both parties—by big business."

"I don’t want anybody to be hurt whatsoever, but I’ll always be on the side of protesting the government and against anybody trying to stop it. Just as Thomas Jefferson was," Cox concluded, inserting a quote of the 2nd United States president.

When asked about the do-it-yourself spike line instructions, Cox answered: "As I repeatedly said, I was speaking hypothetically."

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