The Daily Wire commentator Michael Knowles was speaking to a large group of students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Thursday before he was attacked by a leftist protestor in the audience. The masked attacker carrying a water gun filled with a substance that appeared to be bleach, according to witnesses. Later, police discovered that the substance ‘merely smelled like bleach’.
“At first I just thought it was paint because of the color and smell. I was later told it was bleach; police now say that the substance merely smelled like bleach,” Knowles told The Daily Wire. “This is what conservatives on campus are up against. This is the kind of violence conservatives on campus stand to face if they state plain facts and refuse to kowtow to leftist fantasy.”
Knowles was delivering a speech titled “Men Are Not Women” before a group of young conservatives with Young America’s Foundation. According to firsthand video, protestors staged a walk out while yelling over Knowles’ speech.
“Thank you gentlemen, for your support. I’m not that intimidated by these guys … There’s a course being taught right now at an American university on angry white men. When I look at who’s angry, I’m not so sure …” Knowles said to the group of hecklers. “I know. I seem so hateful. You guys seem lovely and sweet. You guys seem so compassionate and lovely.”
Great speech Michael, I was in the front row and caught the whole thing on video. pic.twitter.com/fVeaXs0Q4p
— Collin Tuso (@collin_tuso) April 12, 2019
One student was so triggered by Knowles that he pulled out his super soaker to spray a substance on the conservative speaker. Police immediately responded and arrested the student although he attempted to resist the officers who had to use their tasers.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Just spoke with police. Despite initial reports from multiple witnesses in room that substance was bleach, it now appears to be an odorous substance merely designed to smell like bleach, not the chemical!
— Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) April 12, 2019
BREAKING VIDEO: One person injured following protest at event hosted by conservative group Young Americans for Freedom. According to guest speaker Michael Knowles, a student threw bleach at him and was arrested. pic.twitter.com/nBC2B25dXz
— UMKC University News (@University0News) April 12, 2019