- A left-wing political operative tried to blame the attempted assassination of a Democratic candidate for mayor in Louisville, Kentucky, on conservatives in a Tuesday tweet.
- Cliff Schechter, a former ad writer for then-candidate Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, blamed “conspiratorial right-wing rhetoric” for the assassination attempt on Democratic mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg.
- The alleged suspect, Quintez Brown, is an anti-capitalist activist who praised Che Guevara and Mao Tse-Tung in a post on Twitter.
- Brown also pushed for gun control in an appearance on Joy Reid’s weekend MSNBC show.
A left-wing political operative tried to blame the attempted assassination of a Democratic candidate for mayor in Louisville, Kentucky, on conservatives in a Tuesday tweet.
Cliff Schechter, whose Twitter bio states he was an ad writer for then-candidate Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign, blamed “conspiratorial right-wing rhetoric and guns everywhere” for the attempted assassination of Craig Greenberg. (RELATED: ‘The Facts Didn’t Matter’: Sarah Palin’s Lawyer Throws Down On NYT During First Day Of Defamation Trial)
Insane. Lunatic attempts to assassinate Louisville mayoral candidate. This is what conspiratorial right-wing rhetoric and guns everywhere gets us. I’m afraid this is going to get much, much worse https://t.co/mr2fJOiyw5
— Cliff Schecter (@cliffschecter) February 15, 2022
However, the man charged by Louisville police, Quintez Brown, is an anti-capitalist activist running for the Louisville Metro Council who supports “scientific socialism” according to his Twitter bio and has an extensive history of backing left-wing causes both on social media and in other venues.
Brown also declared his support for Che Guevara, a figure of the Cuban revolution who is considered a mass murderer, and Mao Tse-Tung, the founder of the People’s Republic of China in another tweet.
There will be new speakers. They will be Che, they will be Mao, they will be Fanon.
— Quintez Brown – District 5 (@tez4liberation) January 28, 2022
“Capitalism is the humanitarian disaster,” Brown posted in response to a tweet criticizing the re-opening of bars and restaurants for in-person dining.
Capitalism is the humanitarian disaster. We been here. https://t.co/RIjcrUUegK
— Quintez Brown – District 5 (@tez4liberation) January 2, 2022
He also had strongly advocated for gun control, notably on an appearance on MSNBC with Joy Reid and in an op-ed for the Louisville-Courier Journal that criticized the state’s shift to “constitutional carry.” (RELATED: Illinois Democrat Apologizes After Weekend Fundraiser Includes Mock Assassination Of Trump)
“They’ve put a price tag on your life and decided that the blood money they receive from the NRA is more valuable,” Brown wrote.
The Louisville activist who shot a mayoral candidate appeared on Joy Reid’s show at an anti-gun violence rally. Said he “loves” David Hogg. https://t.co/JpVF5zbVbD
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) February 15, 2022
Brown pleaded not guilty to one charge of attempted murder and four counts of wanton endangerment, according to a report by the Louisville Courier-Journal. Bail was set at $100,000.
Chanelle Helm, a local Black Lives Matter leader who once said a voodoo doll of Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell should be stabbed “in the heart,” was working to raise money to secure Brown’s release on bail, according to a tweet by Andy Ngo, an editor-at-large with the Post-Millennial.
A #BLM Louisville leader & others are organizing for people to donate to get the assassination suspect (Quintez Brown) out of jail. As consistently seen, leftist individuals & groups have no reservations about aiding people on their side accused of heinous crimes. pic.twitter.com/Eeas96u1Du
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) February 15, 2022
“I can confirm Quintez Brown was an intern for The Courier Journal from 2019-2021. We are relieved no one was injured and send our thoughts to the impacted families,” said Courier Journal Executive Editor Mary Irby-Jones in a statement released to the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Neither Greenberg’s campaign nor the Louisville Metro Police Department immediately returned the DCNF’s request for comment.
Schechter did not respond to a request for comment from the DCNF.