February 8, 2017 at 10:58 am EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Trump supporters assault D.C. gay man: report
anti-gay attack, gay news, Trump supporters assault, Washington Blade, hate crime, Robert Richard Brice Kohler

Robert Richard Brice Kohler told police he was assaulted by Trump supporters on Feb. 1. (Photo via Facebook)

A gay man told D.C. police he was repeatedly hit in the face and head by objects thrown by four men while he was walking his dog near Logan Circle on Feb. 1 and one of the attackers shouted, “This is what a Trump America looks like, faggot!”

A police report, which lists the incident as an anti-gay hate crime, says Logan Circle resident Robert Richard Brice Kohler told police the incident began about 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 while he walked his dog in front of a large row house at 1334 Vermont Ave., N.W.

“Victim 1 was walking his dog near the listed location when he became aware of the presence of Suspect 1 through Suspect 4,” the police report says. “Victim 1 heard Suspect 1 state, “Hey Snowflake! This is what a Trump America looks like, faggot!”

The report continues: “Suddenly, without provocation, Suspect 1 through Suspect 4 began throwing objects at Victim 1, striking him countless times in the face and head. Victim 1 suffered injuries and fled home to tend to those injuries,” the report says. “The suspects fled on foot.”

Acting D.C. Police Lt. Brett Parson, who oversees the police LGBT Liaison Unit and who prepared the report, told the Blade in an email that he reached out to Kohler after seeing a Facebook posting by Kohler describing the incident.

In his posting, Kohler said two of the four men who attacked him wore hats bearing the slogan, “Make America Great Again.” The slogan was used as the theme of President Donald Trump’s election campaign.

In response to a request by the Blade, D.C. police spokesperson Aquita Brown released a description of the appearance of the suspects that was not included in the publicly released police report. Brown said all four of the suspects were white males.

All four suspects were 20-30 years old, and ranged in height from about 5 feet 10 inches to about 6 feet tall, she said. “Two of them were wearing red hats,” Brown said in an email.

The police report prepared by Parson lists the incident as an aggravated assault, which is classified under D.C. law as a felony with a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine and/or a prison term of up to 10 years.

Kohler didn’t immediately respond to a message from the Blade asking to speak with him.

He made it clear in his Facebook posting that the hats worn by two of the suspects who attacked him bore the “Make America Great Again” slogan from the Trump campaign.

“I share this with you because I have grown so tired of hearing just how perfect and great Trump supporters are and have been,” he stated in his posting. “That they are above anything like what happened to us,” he stated in referring to him and his dog Pepper. “They aren’t.”

Police spokesperson Brown said the investigation into the assault against Kohler is continuing. Anyone who has information about the case should call police at 202-727-9099 or submit information to the police TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 450411.

The city’s Crime Solvers program currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

44 Comments
  • These are the kind of people Miss Milo and the Trump Deplorables need to meet!

    • You realize odds are this attack was by leftist ANTIFA members trying to make Trump look bad, or even completely fabricated.

      There have been so many fake attacks by “Trump supporters” so far that have turned out to be hoaxes, including the Muslim lady in Dearborn whose “hijab was ripped off.”

      • Babe, you need to realize that Trump doesn’t need anyone to make him look bad, he does an excellent job on his own without counting the contributions of others like Kelly Anne Conway, Tim Spicer and Steve Bannon!

        • Ignorance is bliss as they say. Keep being delusional “babe”. He’s doing an amazing job as anyone with half a brain can see.

          • Alternative ”facts” do not constitute an amazing job. You, Trump and his other crony sycophants can spin it all you want, but that will NEVER make it what you want!

            Even Fox’s Shepard Smith had enough of your circus calling it out for what it is! You can try and get him fired and boycott half the world, but you’ll NEVER make a silk purse out of your sow’s ear and I’m talking about Trump and his administration not just KellyAnne!

          • Holy sh!t, you’re pretty angry aren’t ya? Had to reply to me twice even, so I must have struck a few nerves there.

            The only one’s spinning facts are sh!thole medias like CNN and MSNBC, but you’ll never accept that. You’ve been too far brainwashed already to actually see from the source whether what they tell you to think is actually true or not.

          • I reply to you because you say nothing but balderdash S”trump”et and try to pass it of as being credible!

            All you and the Trump Administration promote is propaganda NOT news, NOT facts and NOT truth! Even Matt Shepherd and Chris Wallace of Fox news have had enough and spoken out! You will never accept that!

            You seek to silence anything or anyone that won’t brown nose Trump and depict him as wonderful. Arachnid KellyAnne can spin all the webs of deceit she pleases and Spicer can keep telling us how tough and wonderful Trump has been in regards to Russia or Mexico. But we can think for ourselves and we see and hear Trump’s behavior and responses are on the issues caught on film. That hasn’t been edited. You can’t spin that into something it isn’t and can’t dupe us into thinking it’s something else!!!

            Trump is just like Milo Yiannopolous and sooner or later he will self-destruct as Miss Milo did too and soon thereafter will be his comeuppance!

          • I think you need to take a good look in the mirror. You claim you can think for yourself but you believe every word anyone says, but only if it’s anti Trump.

            Also, Milo hasn’t self destructed if you actually looked into anything, you’d see that. He’s going to be touring again already. I guess even “miss Milo” is tougher than you.

            Finally, is Miss Milo supposed to be an insult? Because if it is, it is either an insult on his homosexuality, in which case you are a homophobe; an insult that suggests he is ‘weak like a woman’ in which case you are a sexist; or an insult that suggests you are transphobic. Or more likely, all three! Quite the hypocritical bigot, aren’t you?

          • You should get yourself to an emergency room quickly for surgery, you obviously have a chronic bowel obstruction, you’re so full of it!

            So Miss Milo is touring again already. So what? A lot of has beens and wannabes do all the time! She’s been marked with the stigma of being a pedophile. That doesn’t rub off. Did you see Trump or Steven Bannon, her former boss, defend her or call upon CPAC to reinstate her invitation? NO! She abruptly resigned from Breitbart meaning she was told to resign to save face before being fired! They won’t stand by her!

            I’m the bigot when Miss Milo says that Trans people have a personality disorder and she is on record saying gay men can NEVER be happy and are irresponsible and drug addicted? She’s self-hating. And yes, she’s a she. Only a woman would wear a pearl necklace and pearl bracelets on TV (Bill Maher show). Her arm mannerisms are flaming! If she’s not a woman, then she’ll due until one comes along!

          • So are you insulting him for acting like a woman then? Just want to be clear since he is the bigot who is intolerant of transgenders, yet you are claiming he is one and acting as if this is a bad thing, suggesting you are the bigot. Even after I point it out to you, you still don’t even recognize it either. I’m laughing at your stupidity, but maybe I shouldn’t be because it’s just sad.

            So what do you think of Bill Maher?

      • Please. The Antifa doesn’t need to fake attacks, actual fascists do that plenty.

        • Fake attacks? ANTIFA don’t fake attacks, they make them happen. You people are insanely deluded it’s hard to believe.

          • I mean, it’s true that if nobody resisted them the fascists wouldn’t hurt anyone until they’d got the camps running, but preemptive self defense is a thing.

          • Except the fascists are ANTIFA. How dense are you?

          • Nobody is buying what you’re selling. The fascists are the people getting hit in the face and then crying about it on youtube.

          • Uh… considering the election results and the polls across Europe showing growing support for the right wing, and the tens of thousands posting comments on forums that align exactly with what I’m saying, I’d say A LOT of people are buying what I’m saying, and everyone of them is smarter than you. You may be the only person not buying it, other than your other ANTIFA terrorist friends. Even my left-wing aunt calls ANTIFA the “real fascists.”

            I love how transparent you are that you’re ANTIFA.

          • Why would I pretend otherwise? Punching Nazis is cool and good, this is a universal truth.

          • Sure, but pepper spraying a woman who supports Trump isn’t cool or good. Maybe if you actually focused only on Nazis instead of attacking everyone who disagrees with you, you could claim some sort of moral high ground, but clearly you are immensely delusional.

          • What’s a matter dude, you afraid of getting punched?

      • You make the mistake of even thinking an attack took place. There were zero witnesses, and at 7PM? No way this happened.

        • Ignorance is bliss. ANTIFA don’t care what time it is, if they can get out their pent up energy from sitting in their mom’s basements all day for a month, they’ll do what it takes. Thankfully soon, they’ll have to actually work to make money rather than being paid to assault people and incite riots.

  • The police can find the attackers at a local Antifa meeting. This is clearly fake news/a false flag attack.

    • How is that “clear”? No gay man has ever been assaulted simply for being gay? Did he inflict those bruises on his own face for the sake of the “fake news” story?

      • Washington DC has hardly any Republicans at all, and the republicans that do live there tend to have jobs & thus have no time or motivation to beat people up on the street (even if they thought they could get away with it).

        Four MAGA chads feeling emboldened enough to attack a random middle aged dishevelled guy on the street is inconceivable. However, finding four antifa freaks willing to put on MAGA hats and beat someone up is easy, and this scenario makes perfect sense in a place like DC.

        • I question whether this attack happened at all. 7pm at Logan Circle is teeming with people–and there were no witnesses? The attack was at night, but the photo was taken in daylight–so why are his bruises fresh? And, like you said, the whole thing just seems very contrived.

          If this happened, I feel terrible for the guy. But, that said, virtually all of the “attacked by thugs in Trump hats” like this one turned out to be hoaxes.

      • Gay people have been attacked for centuries, gay people have been murdered for being gay this is world wide news! Where have you been living?

      • It wouldn’t be the first one – there were a few others who have done exactly that on social media (although instead of beating themselves up – they used cosmetic movie techniques) and when followed up with police, they admitted it was false.

        I have yet to see a real example of Trump supporters beating up anyone – but lots of videos of Anti-Trumpers attacking Trump supporters.

  • This will likely turn out to be one of many fake “hate” crimes by people who hate Trump.

  • “This is what Trump’s America looks like!” Is not something a Trump supporter would say, to intentionally make him look bad. The leftist ANTIFA are so dumb, they can’t even come up with a decent way to frame Trump supporters.

    I mean “This is what Trump’s America looks like!” actually sounds like a headline straight out of leftist BuzzFeed or Huffington Post.

  • Yeah, I’m calling BS. It’s not that I don’t think there are people out there that would do this, it’s just that the whole sequence doesn’t make sense.

    First,Logan Circle is a pretty densely populated part of town and no one witnessed a group of red-hatted trump supporters abusing a gay man out walking his dog? I find that hard to believe.

    Second, Logan Circle isn’t really the type of place that Trump supporters would hang out. It’s far enough away from the mall that out of towners don’t spend much time up there. There are so few Trump supporters in DC that a roving banding of Trump supporting locals is laughable to me.

    Third, and perhaps most telling, the victim went and posted about it on Facebook and never called the cops. The cops called him because they saw his post.

    None of that adds up.

    • That’s the first red flag right there – most of the time when they post to facebook and then the police follow up from that it turns out to be false.

      The article even goes out of it’s way to say “Suddenly, without provocation” – if you have to go out of your way to say this, it’s typically false. I mean just look at him – he’s not of a ‘type’ to immediately be identified as LGBTQ. So unless he said or did something there’d be no indication of his sexuality – unless his attackers no him from somewhere in which case he should be able to identify his attackers.

    • My thoughts exactly. Also, this guy was attacked by four people, and a few minor scrapes and bruises are it for injuries? Bull.

    • I agree…saw the photo and headline and immediately said BS! Looks like he just fell down and scraped his face. Trump supporters don’t behave like the liberals do, wreaking havoc and destroying property and shouting obscenities. The left will do anything to try and bring negativity towards our President. Not falling for this FAKE story!

  • Mr. Kohler should write for Rolling Stone. His attack fantasy fiction is just the kind of writing they like.

  • I heart all the Brietbart commenters on this article

  • There will be no updates to this story, as a means of protecting the alleged victim from facing charges from police. THe DC police don’t want that to happen, the media don’t want that to happen, so this will just dissappear.

  • Still no witness accounts? You people fell for it. There’s no way this happened as claimed.

  • Still no updates. Just admit this was a hoax

  • Still no updates. Obvious hoax. NO way zero witnesses at Logan circle at 7PM. Just so long as the media chooses to ignore the story, the police will let an obvious false claim slide..

  • STill no updates, not a single witness. This is OBVIOUSLY a hoax.

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