In the wake of an ugly incident at an outdoor town hall conducted by Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) in her home district near Irvine, new attention is being focused on the man who publicly called on his followers to join him in disrupting the event through an Instagram post, a man named Nick Taurus.
Taurus and the mob of right-wing hooligans he assembled, first interrupted the progressive lawmaker’s town hall by shouting “Carpetbagger Katie!” and “Corrupt Katie Porter,” as the congresswoman tried to discuss issues ranging from climate change to COVID vaccinations.
After supporters of the representative tried to drown out Taurus and his gang by chanting “Katie! Katie! Katie!” and screaming “Shut up!”, scuffles soon broke out at the outdoor event resulting in one arrest.
It was not exactly the kind of behavior one would expect from someone who is running for the Republican nomination to replace Katie Porter in the next election, but, given Taurus’ history, neither was it unexpected.
The 29-year-old Taurus is not only a rabid supporter of the man who claims he didn’t lose the last election by seven million votes, but he is also a close associate of notorious White supremacist Nick Fuentes, one of the founders of the “America First” movement being embraced by the most extremist of GOP legislators like Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and alleged teen molestor Matt Gaetz.
Fuentes was part of the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where tiki-torch-carrying mobs of racists marched through town chanting “Jews will not replace us,” and was also in the crowd during the January 6th insurrection to try to stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election for Joe Biden.
Fuentes is not exactly the type of person that Taurus might want to use as a character reference in his bid to run for Congress, unless he wants to only attract the votes of right-wing militia members and open white nationalists.
The publicity that Taurus received after the Katie Porter town hall melee won’t help either as journalist Robert Mackey of The Intercept subsequently revealed the history of violent interactions that the Republican radical has been caught in the midst of when encountering people whose views and beliefs he disagrees with.
“I came here to be purposely provocative,” Taurus told a campus newspaper reporter in 2017 when he and his father showed up at Cal State Fullerton wearing MAGA hats and holding signs reading “Islam is rape culture” and “Muhammad is a terrorist,” as captured in the video clip below.
More recently, just weeks after announcing that he would run for Porter’s seat in Congress, Taurus gave a speech inciting right-wing militants to rise up and prevent progressive protestors from exercising their free speech rights.
“We shouldn’t be letting them come out and protest,” he exhorted. “They’re not here to protest; they’re here to provoke us. Never forget that. Their very presence is a provocation.”
This video, posted on social networks by @NickTaurus45 – the white supremacist who provoked a fight at @RepKatiePorter's event on Sunday – appears to show that he is proud to have been filmed attacking racial justice protesters (via @donna_susan12)pic.twitter.com/J239wXLhYX
— Robert Mackey (@RobertMackey) July 13, 2021
The fawning montage of political violence included in the video above is set to a recording of Taurus’ inspiration in the intransigent world of right-wing extremism, the late Republican Senator and losing presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, uttering his famour slogan:
“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”
Anyone who can watch Taurus in this video and still thinks that he has the character to serve in Congress should be immediately put on an FBI watch list as a potential domestic terrorist, since they obviously have no qualms about engaging in the exact same violent tactics as Hitler’s brownshirts.
Let’s hope that Katie Porter whoops Taurus’ white nartionalist butt in the next election.
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Vinnie Longobardo is the Managing Editor of Occupy Democrats. He's a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.