Over the weekend, Antifa anarchists draped in black masks and carrying home-made weapons disrupted a peaceful demonstration and counter-demonstration in Berkeley, CA. The violence from the alt-Left group was so obvious and one-sided that even the Washington Post framed their article with no uncertain condemnation of the thugs in their headline: Black-clad antifa members attack peaceful right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley.
So why is this group, whose political ties clearly lean in synchronicity with the Bernie Sanders/Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party, not being condemned by Democrats for their thuggery and violence? And, more importantly, why isn’t the media demanding Democrats do so in the same way they demanded Republicans condemn neo-Nazis and White Nationalists?
Yesterday on Fox News one of the network’s rising stars Lisa Boothe made the important and indisputable point. (video above)
“So many people came together to denounce what we saw in Charlottesville with those neo-Nazi groups, those white supremacists,” Boothe said. “Unfortunately, we’re not seeing that same rebuke of groups like Antifa.”
“Where is Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who represents the 13th District of California? Where is former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who represents the nearby district of the 12th? If we’re truly honest, if we truly want to stamp out hate in all of its forms, if we truly want to stamp out and push out violence in this country, it should be denounced in all of its forms. And I have yet to see anyone on the left denounce this group that purports to be on the left.”
And let’s take it one step further. Democrats have been all over cable and network news over the past several weeks as they participate in the tag team pile-on of any Republican who dares to show the slightest support of President Trump. Where are Wolf and Mika and Don and Anderson and George and Chuck and all the rest confronting these Democrats, boxing them in and challenging them to condemn, in no uncertain terms, the Antifa thugs once and for all?
How many times must Trump and those aligned with him condemn, disavow and repudiate that ridiculous, ignorant and mock-worthy David Duke every time he jumps in front of a camera? (Speaking of mocking, have you noticed how much David Duke looks like Liberace’s former lover, Scott Thorson? I’m not sayin’ I’m just sayin’)
Yes, Democrats are loathe to condemn Antifa because, in part, they represent their base. The same anti-capitalist, anti-American thugs who polluted our cities with the “Occupy Wall Street” movement who were praised by Nancy Pelosi and President Obama are now weaponized with the coordinated and violent tactics we see in the Antifa battles waged on a regular basis in those same cities. And Sanders, Warren, Al Franken and other Democrats are counting on them in 2018 and 2020.
No surprise there. That’s just Democrats being Democrats.
But shouldn’t the media step up and pepper every lawmaker they encounter with the same barrage of “will you now condemn” and “do you disavow” and “will you reject the support of” questions that every Republican faces? Of course they should. So
Jake* and Chris and Joe and Shep and Alisyn… What’s stopping you?
*UPDATE: Jake Tapper informs us that he has, in fact, challenged several Democrats on the Antifa issue including Rep. Adam Schiff and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. We’ve updated this post to reflect that.
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