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Nasty Racial Politics in LA
Los Angeles City Council member Kevin de León (KTLA 5/YouTube)

Kevin de León, a Los Angeles City Council member, knows how Democratic Party cannibalism works. Seeing Dianne Feinstein as vulnerable prey, he primaried her in 2018 and, under California’s strange election laws that deny parties the right to place nominees on the November ballot, lost to her 54 percent to 46 percent in the general election. The predator became the prey. He attended a Christmas party over the weekend. Activists heckled him, physically impeded his exit, and assaulted him.

De León’s sin? He took part in a conversation in which another Latino politician made racist and uncouth remarks, particularly as they involved the black child of a white colleague. De León did not make the controversial remarks. But he did not chastise his colleague, who has since resigned, either. He did say in a surreptitiously recorded conversation that “those crazies in Orange County who are pro-Trump” do not pose the biggest threat to Latinos. “It’s the white liberals. It’s the L.A. Times.” The white liberals and the Los Angeles Times, not those Orange County crazies, took offense.

Anyhow, the activists allege he assaulted one of their number. The video shows something different, i.e., an activist block, push, and headbutt him. He responded to force with force. Watch the video here.

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Daniel J. Flynn, a senior editor of The American Spectator, is the author of Cult City: Harvey Milk, Jim Jones, and 10 Days That Shook San Francisco (ISI Books, 2018), The War on Football (Regnery, 2013), Blue Collar Intellectuals (ISI Books, 2011), A Conservative History of the American Left (Crown Forum, 2008), Intellectual Morons (Crown Forum, 2004), and Why the Left Hates America (Prima Forum, 2002). His articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, New York Post, City Journal, National Review, and his own website,   
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