U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio blasted media for the “biased & irresponsible” narrative in covering the attack on a Republican volunteer for his campaign in Miami-Dade County after police arrested a second suspect.
Local Florida media outlets came under fire from the GOP senator after noting that police reports had no mention of any political motivation for the attack, though the victim told detectives in a sworn statement that he was prevented from passing by because he was a Republican.
Hialeah police said that Jonathan Casanova, 27, was arrested Tuesday night in Miami Beach’s Pine Tree Park for his part in the Sunday attack on Rubio campaign worker, Christopher Monzon. Casanova, who was joined by Javier Lopez, 25, allegedly set his dogs upon the victim and commanded them to attack.
On Sunday thugs told a GOP canvasser wearing my campaign t-shirt that he couldn’t be in their neighborhood because he was a Republican
They assaulted him & commanded two dogs to attack him
Surveillance video corroborated the victim’s story & police have now made a second arrest pic.twitter.com/pGT6W0aFn8
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 26, 2022
Javier Lopez was arrested on the scene when police arrived to find Monzon with several broken bones in his face.
Monzon was reportedly canvassing a neighborhood on behalf of the Rubio and DeSantis campaigns. Wearing a campaign shirt for the former and a hat for the latter, he was handing out flyers when two assailants reportedly blocked his path.
“Police said while the victim was handing out flyers, the two suspects were blocking the sidewalk and Casanova told him ‘he couldn’t pass through because he was a Republican and his dogs were ready to attack,'” WPLG-TV reported.
According to the South Florida news outlet:
According to the suspects’ arrest reports, Lopez “rushed the victim and threw him on the ground.”
Police said Casanova then “began to kick the victim on the head as he was on the ground” as Lopez began punching the victim.
According to authorities, a witness eventually pulled Casanova away from the victim, who then walked to his white Mercedes-Benz SUV, where he released two German Shepherds and walked them toward the victim, who was still on the ground.
Casanova’s arrest report states that he then ordered his dogs to attack and bite the victim.
Neighbors reportedly heard the commotion and intervened to separate the men, according to police.
Lopez was still at the scene when officers arrived, but Casanova had fled. Monzon was able to identify Lopez, and Lopez in turn helped police with information that led to Casanova’s arrest Tuesday.
Passing out flyers for Republicans is dangerous in today’s United States, where the left routinely calls conservatives Nazis and racists on TV and imprisons the political enemies of the Biden regime.
There are now neighborhoods in America where Republicans are not welcome, and they apparently come complete with Black-Panther-style neighborhood watch squads. If you are caught being Republican in these places, you can be attacked. This voter intimidation is happening in America, the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Incredibly, it was initially reported that there was no indication the attack was politically driven. But a light investigation into the arrest report revealed how Casanova allegedly told Monzon that he could not pass by because he was a Republican.
Yahoo! News jumped straight to attacks on the victim, calling him a notorious white supremacist in their headline. A white supremacist can now be defined as anyone, no matter what color, who speaks out against the leftist narrative.
Hats off to Rubio for vigorously defending his campaign worker:
Local media spent 2 days treating the GOP canvasser who was attacked as a criminal & denying the attack was politically motivated
Now a second arrest,a police report & surveillance video shows how biased & irresponsible the narrative they were pushing was pic.twitter.com/VdpyXQhrgV
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 26, 2022
Rubio also tweeted “When a republican volunteer is savagely beaten the traditional media treats the victim as the criminal and the criminal as a nice young man who likes fishing & just made a mistake,” referring to a story in the Miami Herald in which Lopez’s mother said, “My son doesn’t know anything about politics. He likes fishing … My son has never voted.”
When a republican volunteer is savagely beaten the traditional media treats the victim as the criminal and the criminal as a nice young man who likes fishing & just made a mistake
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 25, 2022
Can you even imagine if this had been an attack on a black Democrat campaign worker? But it wasn’t. It was a Cuban Republican.
Will this incident become the latest violence to dominate the 24-hour news cycle? No. The media will not call these attackers a threat to democracy. Activist groups will not demand that people “say the name” of the victim. There will not be an outcry and a show trial on Capitol Hill about it. The ACLU will not get involved. And there will certainly not be riots.
Come to think of it, what are the chances that Casanova and Lopez thought there was no danger of being arrested as a result of their actions? Lopez hung around long enough for the police to arrive! Were these thugs surprised to be apprehended? After all, violence on the left has been explained away and dismissed, even as there is no tolerance whatsoever for violence on the right (where there is very little of it).
Apparently, a number of Democrat voters feel the attack was warranted or at least understandable. The Left loves political violence.
Wish I could say it’s surprising that little Marco Rubio is openly defending a known neo-nazi
— TJ Rego (@RegoTJ) October 26, 2022
Lil Dude! I’m telling you again pic.twitter.com/IbYF74C1zQ
— Green Mountain Lindsay (@LindsayLCobb1) October 26, 2022
Here is a Twitter user who justified the attack because the victim is a confederate deplorable – worse yet, a paid confederate deplorable.
This guy is your canvasser. https://t.co/V7IethXamG
— People’s Progressive Caucus of Miami-Dade (@MIAProgressives) October 26, 2022
The victim told police that he tried to avoid the altercation, walking around the suspects on the street. Surveillance video from the area reportedly corroborated his claim.
Casanova and Lopez have both been charged with aggravated battery.
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