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Report: Public Now Knows ID of Man Who Accosted 9/11 Widow... And So Does His Ex-Employer

A man who gained social media infamy for berating a 9/11 widow during a counter-protest in Portland, Oregon, is now without a job after his identity was apparently discovered.

The man was taking part in the latest of a series of clashes in the hipster metropolis between left-wing antifa groups on one side and right-wing organizations like Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys on the other.

For all of the nauseatingly violent antifa videos we’ve seen coming out of Portland in recent months, it was the verbal assault against the 9/11 widow that seemed to stand out the most.

In the video, the protester can be heard telling the woman she’s a “f—–g snarky, little f—–g idiot” and that he was “not like … your cop boyfriend who is going to f—–g knock you out.”

“My husband died on 9/11,” the woman in the video said, pointing to her NYPD hat.

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“Good, good. NYPD was a bunch of sodomizers, f—–g sodomizing immigrants with their bully sticks,” the man responded, seeming to reference the case of Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant beaten after being arrested by the NYPD during the 1990s. The man added that her husband “should rot in the grave.”

The man was then chased away by protesters with Patriot Prayer, the Proud Boys or one of the other affiliated groups. Here’s the video, which we must warn you contains repetitive use of very strong language. Viewer discretion is advised.

Do you think the man in the video deserves to lose his job?

More violence and intimidation isn’t the way to deal with the mob. Figuring out who did it and exposing them, however, is a police horse of a different color.

Initially, some viewers mistook the man for a Portland-based professional skateboarder named Charlie Wilkins, according to OregonLive, the website of The Oregonian newspaper. Wilkins told KGW he had been threatened on social media because of the incident, but said he was nowhere near downtown Portland when it happened.

According to the independent website Milne News, online sleuths have identified the man in the video as Steve Wilson, who goes by the name SalvadOrwell Wilson (subtle!) on social media.

On his Facebook profile, Wilson identifies himself as a data specialist at Self Enhancement Inc. More importantly, however, he also said he was a fan of AK Press — the same left-wing publisher that our friend from the video was repping on his jacket.

While we haven’t heard any confirmation that Wilson was the one involved here, a statement from his employer (or, well, former employer) seemed pretty close to definitive proof that there was some connection:

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“Steve Wilson is no longer an employee of SEI,” the Saturday tweet read.

“His behavior does not represent the values of our organization or the high expectations that we have for our employees.”

You generally don’t fire employees in an excruciatingly public manner if you don’t have some level of certitude they did something wrong. In this case, the fact that Wilson was unceremoniously tossed out and then had the tossing-out broadcast on Twitter is a fairly good sign this is the guy. Either that, or it’s a fairly good sign that SEI is going to be the subject of a lawsuit in the near future.

However, the most important thing is the fact that this is how one handles the left-wing mob. One ought never stoop to physical violence and intimidation; the mob mentality is the problem, not the solution.

Instead, the way to handle it is to be civil and creative. Find ways to unmask those who want to hide their thuggery behind the anonymity of the crowd.

In the end, justice will be served. In this case, the alleged harasser lost his job — and, unless you’re applying to work for Maxine Waters, you can’t put “verbally tormenting a 9/11 widow” under the skills section on your resume.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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