It should be worth noting that the local Republican Party-sponsored event mentioned in the article,”New York’s Andrew Cuomo blasts Trump, Republicans over protest clash” (Oct. 16) included a re-enactment of the 1960 assassination of Japanese socialist party leader Inejiro Asanuma by a young right-wing nationalist in which the part of the assassin was played by top right-wing Proud Boy Gavin McInnes.
In the run-up to the event, McInnes described the brutal murder, which at the time shocked Japan, as an “inspiring moment.” The following day McInnes’ Instagram feed featured the iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning photo capturing the moment the assassin pulls his sword from Asanuma’s writhing body superimposed with the words, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything. Just do it.”
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