https://twitter.com/VicBergerIV/status/1147259553098022912I keep hearing this "he provoked it" line (especially from Twitter leftists), but I don't see visual proof of this.
He explicitly and repeatedly gets asked to stop filming, but doesn't. He gets hit with a milkshake, returns, gets hit again, returns again, continues closely following the protestors from within the group who clearly doesn't want him there, tell him to go away several more times, and finally gets hit. And that's JUST what he published himself. Nobody really knows what he did between takes, but I'd wager more of the same.
Now, he didn't threaten, attack or personally harass any of them, but he did insist on constantly getting very close to people who had told him multiple times to go away. Is it his fault that he got hit? No, absolutely not. Did he deserve it? No. he didn't. But it'd be disingenuous to say that he didn't know what he was doing constantly going out of his way to aggravate people who he himself says are violent thugs waiting for an excuse to punch conservatives. I wouldn't say that he went out there with the intention of being punched, but I do think he went there intending to rile people up.
And, again, it's by no means justified. Violence at a protest like this never is, regardless of who perpetrates it and who it victimizes. They should've let him keep filming and not given a shit. Whoever attacked him were clearly just dumbass thugs who should be outed and arrested for their actions. However it is important to contextualize what happened so that we don't latch on to the narrative that Andy Ngo was just walking around being a diligent and unbiased reporter when, out of nowhere and completely unexpectedly, he was viciously assaulted. That's just not what happened. I'm a bit surprised that people on here have a harder time seeing nuance in this case than they did when that one lady in Charlottesville got hit by a car and killed.