Protests at last week's Republican National Convention were mostly subdued, but I found myself on the receiving end of an assault from one group of demonstrators.
The group, calling itself Queers Against Racism, was protesting outside the "Wake Up" event by LGBTrump--featuring Milo, Pamela Geller and Geert Wilders, among other speakers. The main event was aimed at telling the gay community--and the left, more broadly--that the real threat to LGBT people and their freedoms has nothing to do with wedding cakes or gender neutral washrooms, but rather radical Islam.
From gays being executed in the Middle East to a radical Muslim gunning down gays in Orlando, the cultural divide is stark.
Instead of recognizing this, however, the demonstrators wanted people to know that their "grief is not a catalyst for xenophobia" and that "only self hating gays love Trump." Further to that, the group's pamphlet said that Orlando was Donald Trump's and Mike Pence's fault.
"What happened in Orlando is a result of a homegrown culture of homophobia promoted by Trump, Pence and conservatives for decades," it read.
When I attempted to ask them questions about their cause, they ignored me. When I lingered, I was spat on, coughed on, chanted at, and attacked. Protesters used their "queers against racism" banner--a painted bed sheet--to wrap around my face and body in a failed attempt to physically remove me from their 'safe space.'
All because I was asking questions as basic as "what are you here protesting?".
Listen to the audio of the assault, and why the actual event was such an important one.