He had support from other leftist activist, Beth Foster a radical leftist considers his terrorist act, a liberator.
Deb Bartley, a friend of Van Spronsen, told The Seattle Times that he identified as an anarchist and ‘anti-fascist’ (Antifa), he was inspired to do something after Ocasio-Cortez visited a facility recently.
Willem Van Spronsen, who was carrying a rifle, was shot dead after he threw Molotov cocktails at the building and nearby cars on Saturday morning.
“He was throwing these items at the building in an effort to set it on fire. It didn’t work, it’s a concrete building,”said Officer Loretta Cool with the Tacoma Police Department.
According to his friend Deb Bartley, Van Spronsen was a member of Antifa and his attack on the facility was intended to provoke a fatal conflict.
The Seattle Times reports that Van Spronsen also wrote a “manifesto” which Bartley refused to discuss but said would be confiscated by authorities.
Jack Posobiec responded by offering a thousand dollars for a copy of the manifesto.
“I will offer $1,000 for a verified copy of Willem Van Spronsen’s Antifa manifesto that was reportedly mailed to several associates before he fire bombed the ICE facility in Tacoma today,” tweeted Posobiec.
Rercords show that Van Spronsen was previously arrested for assaulting a police officer.
Unbelievably, some left-wing activists blamed ICE for the deadly confrontation despite the fact that it was initiated by Van Spronsen.
“We were really saddened that somebody died,” said activist Maru Mora Villalpando with La Resistencia.
“I think what is clear is that somebody died right outside the detention center. The detention center is a dangerous place.”
Meanwhile, others are asking did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s incendiary rhetoric about “concentration camps” radicalized Van Spronsen.
Did dangerous rhetoric from Democrat activists, media & politicans inspire #WillemVanSpronsen?
What did they think would happen if they recklessly compared the border crisis to concentration camps?
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) July 14, 2019
RIP to anarchist fighter Willem Van Spronsen. The attack on the ICE facility in Tacoma is a proportionate action against enslavers and internment camp operators. He joins a long list of fallen anarchist martyrs who fought for a liberated world! https://t.co/teXxBeUTLU
— RevAbolitionMov (@RevAbolitionist) July 14, 2019
This is an act of great courage. It takes a lot of conviction and valor to act against ICE-run concentration camps this directly. QEPD Willem Van Spronsenhttps://t.co/m31HThTgJu
— Jorge E. Cuéllar (@infrapolitics) July 14, 2019