Liberal “tolerance” was in the air at a one-year anti-Trump commemoration protest on Thursday at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A triggered anti-Trump TA identified as Tariq Khan was arrested after allegedly assaulting conservative students present at the protest, seen in captured video throwing a punch and stealing one student’s cellphone, which he eventually smashed on the sidewalk.
According to Campus Reform, Khan is a PhD candidate and has taught courses like “Constructing Race in America” and “U.S. Gender History since 1877.” He’s also active with “anarchist and communist organizations including Black Rose Anarchist Federation and Antifa, in addition to working with the undergraduate socialist students.”
The protest was apparently some sort of symbolic act against the election of President Trump. In between the “f*** Donald Trump” chants, Khan gave an impassioned speech to impressionable students about resisting fascism in the White House and targeted conservative members of Turning Point USA (TPUSA) on campus who were mocking the inane protest.
Taking issue with Khan’s rhetoric, freshman and TPUSA member Joel Valdez shouted, “Don’t you have anything better to do? Don’t you have kids?”
This triggered Khan. The leftist is seen via cellphone video sprinting over to the students, getting in their faces and accusing them of “threatening” his “kids.”
The students ask how they “threatened” his kids, but were only met with more belligerence.
The TA continues to berate the students and at one point steals Valdez’s cellphone from his hands. After the students call the cops, Khan smashes the freshman’s phone, an iPhone 7 Plus valued at $700, on the sidewalk.
“The LCD is experiencing discoloration, so both the top and bottom layers of the screen are severely damaged,” Valdez told The Daily Wire.
Khan was arrested and is set to appear in court for criminal charges.
As of Sunday night, Valdez told The Daily Wire that the university had yet to respond to the incident.