Fanone told CNN that “some guy started getting a hold of my gun. And they were screaming out, you know, ‘Kill him with his own gun.’” Fanone said at that point he realized that while he could maybe shoot a few of the people attacking him, it was unlikely that doing so would save his own life, and could give the mob exactly the kind of justification they were looking for to murder him. He decided to try and remind the fascists that he was a human being, “I just remember yelling out that I have kids, and it seemed to work. Some people in the crowd started to encircle me and try to offer me some level of protection.”
But Fanone isn’t calling out heroes where there are none. “A lot of people have asked me my thoughts on the individuals in the crowd that, you know, that helped me or tried to offer some assistance. And I think kind of the conclusion I’ve come to is like, thank you, but fuck you for being there.”
That’s something I can get behind.