Joseph Alcoff, 37, has a court date today concerning assault charges he’s facing in Philadelphia. They include aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation for allegedly being part of an Antifa mob in November that attacked two Marines, Alejandro Godinez and Luis Torres, both Hispanic. Alcoff and his Antifa cohorts have all pleaded not guilty.
Alcoff has strong ties to a number of Democratic leaders. Until he was caught attacking these Marines, he was a well-connected, aspiring political player in Washington who may have even had a hand in key policy proposals. Several congressional Democrats in February of last year quoted Alcoff as backing a bill on regulating payday lenders. He’s also seen in numerous photo ops with Democrats – among them… Maxine Waters.
From Fox News:
“As the payday campaign manager for the liberal group Americans for Financial Reform, Alcoff participated in congressional Democratic press conferences, was a guest on a House Democratic podcast and met with senior officials at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from 2016 through 2018.
“He was also pictured with now-House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and ranking Democrat on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio. Both committees oversee financial regulatory policies Alcoff was advocating.
“Alcoff met with then CFPB Director Richard Cordray and other senior CFPB officials on April 2016, again in March 2017 and a third time in May 2017, as first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.
“During this time, he reportedly was an Antifa leader in Washington.
“Alcoff’s former employer had little to say about the matter.
“As of December, Mr. Alcoff no longer works for AFR,” Carter Dougherty, spokesman for Americans for Financial Reform, told Fox News in an email.
“Dougherty didn’t answer whether Alcoff had been fired or resigned. He also didn’t answer whether the organization was aware of Alcoff’s associations during his employment.
“Alcoff was reportedly also an organizer for Smash Racism DC, the group responsible for gathering and shouting threats outside the home of Fox News host Tucker Carlson in November and for heckling Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his wife Heidi at a Washington restaurant in September. Reports have not said Alcoff was directly involved in either incident; only that he was associated with the group.”
— AFR (@RealBankReform) March 16, 2016
Now that Alcoff finds himself in legalistic hot water, the Democrats can’t get away from him fast enough. Most Democrats won’t even answer questions about Alcoff now.
In one memorable photo, Alcoff dressed up as “Lenny the Loan Shark” at an event last March that was held outside the CFPB headquarters, which featured Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA). Yet, Beyer’s office was quick to deny a connection.
“The congressman has never interacted with him nor has he taken any financial policy advice from him. Their names have appeared on the same piece of paper,” Beyer spokesman Aaron Fritschner told Fox News. “He appeared at the same press conference, but they didn’t speak to each other. This person was literally wearing a shark outfit.”
The guy on the right was arrested for assaulting two Mexican American US marines; while shouting racial epithets at them.
The women on the left is Congresswomen, Maxine Waters.
Just so we’re clear on who the violent racists area. pic.twitter.com/Ru4KdHGeZ6
— Crypto Popsicle (@CryptoPopsicle) January 30, 2019
House and Senate Democrats co-sponsoring the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act, which boosted regulation on payday lenders, issued versions of a press release in February of 2018 that included an Alcoff quote.
“The Consumer Bureau and Congress have in the past understood the way that payday lenders structure loans to catch Americans in a cycle of debt with exorbitant interest rates,” Alcoff said in the press releases. “It is unfortunate that some in Washington would rather open the loan shark gates than continue to think about sensible borrower protections. The SAFE Lending Act would put Washington back on track to stop the debt trap.”
— Tony Lima (@TonyLimaPOL) December 19, 2018
Last August, this guy was a guest on the House Democrats’ Joint Economic Committee podcast, criticizing the decline of the CFPB under the Trump administration. So, they obviously knew him and shared his political viewpoints. “It’s been an incredible kind of erosion [Trump administration actions] recently, but these are really, really important basic functions [CFPB’s mission] that people across the country should be able to look to Washington and expect,” Alcoff stated.
The two Hispanic Marines were brutally beaten by an Antifa mob of 10 to 12 attackers. They also shouted racial slurs while they beat them. Only three, in the end, were charged and Alcoff was one of them. The attack happened at the same time as a right-wing rally in Philadelphia, which Antifa showed up to protest. The Marines who were assaulted said they were not even aware of the rally. They walked into the standoff unwittingly.
Antifa activist facing assault charges was tied to Democratic policymakershttps://t.co/xiiV6IBJLK
— RockersDenStore (@RockersDenStore) February 11, 2019
“On one side, you have the Proud Boys, a racist group of Nazi thugs. On the other side, you have anti-racist activists,” Alcoff’s lawyer Michael Coard told Philadelphia Magazine. “Unfortunately, in the mix, there were two Marines who were caught up in the whole thing as innocent bystanders.”
What that attorney doesn’t say is that it was Antifa who started the trouble and they were the ones that got violent, as I understand it. There is no denying that these radicals have connections to the Democratic Party and a number of planks in the liberal platform cater to these types of groups. Alcoff got caught otherwise he’d still be schmoozing with Maxine Waters and other radical Democrats.