The California race for the 15th congressional district was marred on Sunday at a campaign event for Republican challenger Rudy Peters. While sitting at a vendor booth at the Castro Valley Fall Festival, Peters was approached by a deranged liberal named Farzad Fazeli who began cursing the Republican candidate and making disparaging comments about the GOP and President Donald Trump. According to Peters, Fazeli wasn’t satisfied with the reaction he was getting, so he took the confrontation to the next level.
“He picks up a coffee cup to rear back and throw it at us,” Peters told a local news station. “And I jumped around the table. He throws the coffee cup and misses us. It hits the ground and breaks. So I come out and grab him and wrestle him and throw him down to the ground.”
It was at that point, say authorities and witnesses, that Fazeli pulled out a switchblade. Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said that Fazeli produced the knife and attempted to flip it open but was unable to due to a malfunction in the switchblade’s mechanism.
“He would have stabbed me,” Peters said. “I mean, he had it out saying: ‘I’m going to kill you, MFer. I’m going to kill you!’ I could see his thumb trying to get the knife out.”
Once it became clear to Fazeli that he wasn’t going to be able to operate the knife, he fled the scene. Cops later apprehended him, still in possession of the switchblade. He was arrested and charged with felony assault, making criminal threats, brandishing a weapon, and possessing a switchblade knife. His bail was set at $55,000.
In his first court appearance on Tuesday, Fazeli argued that he was the real victim in all of this. Defense attorney Frederick Remer said, “My client was afraid for his life and afraid for his health and safety. And I believe that it is alleged that he pulls out a folding knife. The knife was never opened.”
Good luck with that, counselor.
Peters said the encounter has changed the way he felt about campaign security.
“I’ve asked my supporters and followers at open events, I don’t want them around me,” Peters said. “I don’t want their safety in jeopardy.”
The attack came only two days after Rep. Steve Scalise appeared on a podcast warning that there were still too many people on the left inciting violence against Republican politicians. Scalise, who narrowly survived being shot by a deranged Democrat last summer, told fellow lawmaker Sean Duffy (R-WI) that the stage was being set for further tragedy.
“You’ve got some people on the Left, that just want this idea of resist and ignore the fact that [Trump] is president, they want to interrupt the ability of Congress to do its job and of course you’ve got death threats and literal attacks on lives and frankly I want to see the left stand up to this,” Scalise said.
We’d like to see that, too; unfortunately, the left has shown us that they will sink well below any expectations we might set for common everyday decency as long as the target is a conservative or a Republican. The Derangement has set in and no vaccine can cure it.