BOSTON: Right Wing Rally Organizer Sues Mayor For $100M Over Alleged Comments Linking Him With Nazis

Boston’s NPR affiliate reports:

One of the organizers of a recent and controversial self-described “free speech” rally on Boston Common is suing Mayor Marty Walsh, saying the mayor slandered him by linking its participants with white supremacists and other hate groups.

Brandon Navom [inset], of Lowell, said in the suit filed in Berkshire District Court that he lost his job as a software consultant and was subjected to “all manner of hateful harassment” due to remarks the mayor made. Navom says the remarks mischaracterized the rally and its speakers as supporters of a white nationalist and neo-Nazi agenda, according to a statement released Tuesday by his attorney.

The Aug. 19 rally on Boston Common attracted extensive media coverage. About 50 participants assembled at the Common’s Parkman Grandstand, according to police estimates, while backlash against the event drew approximately 40,000 counter-protesters. The city had also ordered a heavy police presence to monitor demonstrators.

Navom’s suit seeks $50 million in actual damages, $50 million in punitive damages and an apology for “false and defamatory” statements.

  • Boreal
  • Rebecca Gardner

    Why do Nazis hate being called Nazis?
    Own your ignorance, racism and hate motherfucker!

    • kirby7771

      They seem pretty proud of themselves when they are marching for their white ethno-state.

    • MT YVR

      I’ve always wondered about that. If it’s so awesome that they’re the BEST of everything and should own and run everything… why hide it? Why only talk about it after sneaking out to secret meetings and shit?

      Dude. Bein’ a ‘mo? AWESOME. I tell eeeeeeeeeeveryone I’m a mo. So. Yeah. What’s the deal?

    • Uncle Mark

      The same reason racists hate being called racists. It’s poor branding. Racists and Nazis are generally spurned by society, so let’s call them “alt-right” or that other latest name they’ve qweefed up, because “alt-right” also equals “nazi” to the general public. Until they feel they can remove their hoods/disguises without repercussions, they will continue to rebrand the same hateful bullshit.

      …And YES, Rebecca, you’re correct; they’re a weak, ignorant and pathetic lot.

    • Lars Littlefield

      It’s kind of like being from an old patrician New England family: “They’re from money, but not our kind of money.

      “They are white supremacists, but not our kind of white supremacists”

    • MrRobotoLA

      Free speech is expensive.

    • netxtown

      It’s like HFCS. HFCS is (finally) getting a bad rap and grocery retailers are (finally) taking the hint. So, in a counter move, the HFCS wordsmiths have coined “corn sugar” to remove “HFCS” in labeling.

      Same shit. Just a more palatable/obscure name….

  • PickyPony
  • Boreal

    Boston’s NPR affiliate has disqus commenting.

    • Boreal

      There is a snowflake on the NPR site telling me how oppressed the nazi is.

      • Uncle Mark

        So like a typical Nazi. Hitler used to give grand speeches about how oppressed his people were…right before committing atrocities

  • Ninja0980

    They can dish it out but they can’t take it.

  • David

    Brandon Navom. You are a fucking NaI.

  • PickyPony
    • Librarykid

      Boy if that much is leaking out at the eyes, imagine what is going on down in the diaper, a flash flood.

  • Uncle Mark

    Hey, if the jackboots fit….

  • BartmanLA

    Ye reap what ye sows! Karma is a bitch isn’t it? Now you’re whining because you lost your job when people found out you were a Nazi white supremacist!

  • Sean Taylor

    It’s the way of all conservatives, accept no responsibility, look for someone to blame and to pick up the check eternally.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    *Attempts to sue

  • Adam Stevens

    It’s become so difficult to hate openly these days.

    What’s a poor Nazi to do?

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Open a bakery?

      • Uncle Mark

        Damn…you beat my comment by seconds

      • Kissmagrits

        Open a B&B for straight white people?

    • Uncle Mark

      You apparently have to limit your hate to just baking cakes for “YOUR kind of people.”

    • james1200

      They can try and take the edge off by punching themselves for a change. America’s fists are getting tired, anyway.

  • margaretpoa

    Don’t wanna be called a Nazi? Stop being a Nazi. Easy peasy.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    LOL :

    ” suit seeks $50 million in actual damages, $50 million in punitive damages and an apology for “false and defamatory” statements. ”

    Seriously : LOL

  • Lakeview Bob

    Oh god I hope this goes to court. And that the City proves what a despicable jerk he is. I hope they do not settle.

    • Uncle Mark

      I love to see Nazis get thoroughly fucked…whether by the courts or angry crowds of people. I wonder if PornHub has any clips

      • Tawreos

        Rule 34 is in effect so it is more than likely

  • ColdCountry

    If the foo shits….

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Mayor Walsh bragged about getting money from Obama for the gazebo!!

  • Lumpy Gaga

    When I was a kid, Nazi rallies were sacred things.

  • alc2018

    fake nazi’s make my 5 hemorrhoids twitch, just thought you’d like to know…

    • Uncle Mark

      “Oh, the pain…the pain…”

      • alc2018

        why yessss my good man you put a bulge in my turtleneck onesie like no other! You do indeed.

  • Tawreos

    Why do I get the feeling i will take less than a minute to google up enough evidence to get this thrown out of court

    • Lumpy Gaga

      LOL dial-up.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Problem #1: Tens of thousands of Bostonians thought you were Nazis, too.

    • Bad Tom

      Where is he gonna get his jury pool?

  • bkmn

    Alt-right does not make you right.

  • The_Wretched

    Noise / bully suit. It won’t work to do anything but annoy the Mayor and spend tax dollars getting it tossed.

  • Free speech advocate sues someone over use of speech… no sense of irony huh… uggh it’s only Wednesday.

  • bkmn

    Why not go for a cool billion?

  • Gigi

    Why are Nazis so afraid to identify themselves as Nazis? Own it, Nazi!

    • Reality.Bites

      Once they admit to being Nazis they’re worried people will assume they’re Republicans

      • Bad Tom

        Libertarian is a viable alternate.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Librarykid

      This had possibilities of humor if the abject stupidity were not so horrifying.

  • ETownCanuck

    If the foo shits….

  • JustDucky

    If you’re gonna claim you are being defamed by having your rally associated with Nazis, ya might wanna do a quick Google image search and at least look at the very first result. Just sayin’.

  • JWC

    Keep everyone divided fighting non sensical lawsuits

  • BlindBill

    “They called me a Nazi just because I wear sheets to meetings and burn crosses”
    wha wha wha

    • Jim Gallagher-Barker

      Technically, that would be a Klansman. Calling a Klansman a Nazi may be a case a mistaken identity, but it’s hardly defamatory. /s

  • shellback
  • xzargo

    Poor snowflake. You knew what you were getting into.

  • narutomania

    Psssst. Hey … hey, Brandon. You Nazi. It’s not slander if it’s true.

  • Friday

    Err, it’s not slander when it’s true. Also why the Hel is that suit being done from all the way out in Berkshire County?

    • Bad Tom

      So the jury pool has no one who attended the rally.
      He hopes.

  • Bj Lincoln

    Ha Ha Ha! When you walk the walk and talk the talk you are a Nazi. I thought we were trying to stop frivolous lawsuits? Ha Ha Ha!

  • paganguy

    If it hates like a Nazi, and it race baits like a Nazi, then guess what… it’s probably a Nazi.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Oh dear, clearly Brandon doesn’t know about things like audio and visual recording technology. If he did, he would know that the rally he organized was, in fact, recorded and that GASP! it was full of Nazi & White Supremacists chanting nasty slogans and carrying vile signs/flags. Listen sweets, it’s only slander if it’s not true and guess what? All those pics and audio recordings say it is. Loser.

  • Paula
    • -M-

      Schlock Mercenary!

  • If it looks like a white supremacist, sounds like a white supremacist, walks like a white supremacist…then it must be a white supremacist!!!

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  • Friday’s_cat

    The question to ask is who is bankrolling Navom’s suit?
    Doesn’t seem like something ambulance chasers would take on spec.

    • Bad Tom

      Good point.

  • Bad Tom

    Your job as a software consultant was worth $50 million?
    Lots ‘o luck proving that in court!

    Also, discovery will be awesome.

  • William

    If the jackboot fits….

  • juanjo54

    This douche needs to understand that when he thrust his little dick into the political arena, that means anyone wanting to smack it with a mallet gets to do so. That means as a public figure, it is really hard to sue for defamation. One has to show actual malice – that means this douche bag has to show the defendants knew for a fact the statement was false and said it anyway

  • edrex

    if it steps like a goose… it’s probably a nazi.

  • Bluto

    The news site which Mr Joe linked uses Discus too. Go have fun with the nazis.

  • jmax

    Reminded me of one of my favorite Peanuts comic strips. Just substitute “nazi” for “blockhead”.

  • The Milkman

    C’mon, discovery phase!

  • KnownDonorDad

    OK, I watched this unfold and live in the area, so I can say confidently that these “Free Speech Rally” people were in way over their head, had no idea how to distance themselves from Charlottesville (indeed, had initially invited speakers from that event), and are no doubt smarting from anywhere from 15 to 40 thousand people protesting their paltry group of 50. I hope nothing comes of it. Mayor Walsh expressed valid safety concerns after the murderous events in Virginia.

  • nipper

    Poor baby

  • Please don’t settle! Or get the case dismissed! Present the evidence linking him to Neo-Nazi’s in open court. We need to start taking this on. Yes, they are Nazis and we need that on the fucking record.

  • Gregory In Seattle

    It’s not slander if it’s true.

  • JCF

    “But…but…I’m one of the ‘Very Good People’ Nazis!”

  • Ann Kah

    So who were those 50? I mean, that would be a great point for your lawyer, if you can show they’re not hateful little scum. If.

  • Galvestonian

    …but you are a Nazi, Blanch, …you are !