Journalist and author Andy Ngô has been at the forefront of covering far-left violence. But as his popularity grew, so did the target on his back as he continued to expose secrets of the domestic terrorist group Antifa.
Ngô’s work forced him to flee the United States due to threats on his life and “an escalation of safety concerns,” he told Fox News on Monday.
“It was just not safe anymore for me. I had already been on borrowed time,” Ngô told Fox.
The young writer is a native Portlander and a Vietnamese American, and works as editor-at-large for The Post Millenial. He can now add being a New York Times bestselling author to his resume after the release of his book, Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy.
Ngô used his years of firsthand research in Unmasked to take the reader through a deep dive in the history and tactics of Antifa, as well as how his life changed as a result of merely covering the violent Marxist group that Americans have now seen on their streets for several years.
The 33-year-old author’s critics took pains to stop the book from being published, Ngô asserted on Twitter. Even after its release, there was a movement to pull it from the shelves of bookstores, reports say. In Ngô’s hometown of Portland, Ore., Powell’s Books refused to sell the title after union employees complained about Ngô “and everything he represents,” according to reports.
In his time covering the far left, Ngô has been the victim of physical attacks while writing about Antifa or other radicals, and even received unwelcome guests stalking his and his parents’ homes, Ngô claims in the book.
Ngô began to focus his attention on Antifa after the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, he stated.
“Absolutely nobody was expecting it,” he remembered. “And the response to that democratic outcome was for people to take to the streets in masses to reject that outcome, and in Portland, many people chose to manifest their frustration through violence and destruction.”
From his work on the ground in Portland, Ngô said he started to witness “the groundwork being laid for something much worse to come.”
“There was just this overall, not just a shift in the attitudes in the public toward left-wing political violence, but also the hollowing out and weakening of law enforcement institutions,” he said on Fox.
Ngô wrote about how rioters took over downtown Portland, hiding their faces and “dressed head-to-toe in black.” They were armed with bats, crowbars, and hammers as they were “just destroying the hell out of the place.”
“That was shocking then, and I say that now and it’s kind of, that’s just another, any day in Portland today,” he recalled. “The response from the public at that time was to excuse it. They thought that it was [a] completely legitimate response because of fear and anger over what they thought was not a legitimate election.”
He pointed out hearing in 2016 that President Trump’s election “was the first step toward ascendant fascism and the rise of a totalitarian regime in the US.”
“These extremist, radical, unfounded ideas were given space to propagate in our papers of legacy, in our homes and…through broadcast and radio, and of course to online news sites,” Ngô said. “That helped to really radicalize the left, in my opinion.”
While more mainstream journalists stayed away from the topic or even defended the radical anarchist group, Ngô diligently reported on the Antifa problem for years. As his work picked up steam, his name and face became more familiar among the mob, and he was soon a marked man.
“I was challenging the narrative that they had, the dominant narrative that they had within both the local press and therefore in the national press, as well,” he explained.
In 2019, Ngô was assaulted by a group of masked Antifa members and was hospitalized where he was told his brain was hemorrhaging. After continued threats, The Oregonian reported in 2021 that Ngo was forced to flee to London. A Portland Police Bureau spokesman indicated that Ngo filed at least ten police reports about threats made on him or his family and concern for their safety since the summer of 2020.