Antifa on the Attack

No matter how much I might criticize the GOP, Trump or anyone else, that will never diminish my disgust for the crap like this:

Their faces hidden behind black bandannas and hoodies, about 100 anarchists and antifa— “anti-fascist” — members barreled into a protest Sunday afternoon in Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park.

Jumping over plastic and concrete barriers, the group melted into a larger crowd of around 2,000 that had marched peacefully throughout the sunny afternoon for a “Rally Against Hate” gathering.

Shortly after, violence began to flare. A pepper-spray-wielding Trump supporter was smacked to the ground with homemade shields. Another was attacked by five black-clad antifa members, each windmilling kicks and punches into a man desperately trying to protect himself. A conservative group leader retreated for safety behind a line of riot police as marchers chucked water bottles, shot off pepper spray and screamed, “Fascist go home!”

Let’s be clear. These weren’t Nazis. Or Klan members. These were peaceful protesters marching in opposition to Marxism and support of Trump. And Antifa set upon them, even (according to rumor) beating a passerby into a coma. There’s plenty of video if you want it.

In the wake of Charlottesville, there was a brief surge of portraying Antifa as heroes for fighting against fascism. There were even bizarre comparisons made to World War II. But this is not fighting against fascism. This is using violence to shut down speech Antifa doesn’t like. It’s disgraceful. And if the Republicans were as slow to denounce similar violence as the Democrats have been to denounce this violence, it would be a national scandal.

Months ago, someone sucker punched Richard Spencer. I and many others objected to it, pointing out that this was using violence against a man who, while hateful and vile, was not engaged in violence. The Left split on this, with some opposing it but many saying punching a Nazi was OK because … you know … Nazis.

But now we’re seeing that the “don’t punch people” side was right. It has proven to be a very short leap from “punch a Nazi” to “punch a Trump supporter” to “beat the hell out of anyone you think might be”.

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  1. Iconoclast

    Antifa are nothing but domestic terrorists — as far as I’m concerned, it should be open season on them. We are at war.

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  2. richtaylor365

    Glad to see you are finally getting hip to these domestic terrorists, but for those paying attention, we have seen these criminals operate for the last 6 months. Living in the Bay Area, I have witnessed the violence, the thuggery, the vandalism, up close.

    Let’s be clear. These weren’t Nazis. Or Klan members.

    And if they were, would that make the violence OK? I know what you meant, but Trump was right about Charlottesville being a 2 way street, hence all the videos of antifa punks punching reporters (female reporters) and other non combatants.

    One more;

    Free speech is dying here in America, and it seems like the right is the only one noticing it.

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  3. Hal_10000 *

    I’ve been paying attention to Antifa since the Inauguration. But it’s only in the last month that I’ve become aware of just how extensive these assholes are.  And to see people comparing them to the soldiers storming Normandy really pissed me off.

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