House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is one of the first high-ranking Democrats to come forward and publicly denounce the violent Antifa – “anti-fascists” protestors.
Over the weekend, violence broke out in Berkeley, CA where black-clad protestors assaulted several peaceful Trump supporters, which led to 13 arrests.
The California congresswoman released a statement with her reaction to the violence that took place.
“Our democracy has no room for inciting violence or endangering the public, no matter the ideology of those who commit such acts,” she stated. “The violent actions of people calling themselves antifa in Berkeley this weekend deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted.”
She went on to express support for peaceful protest and free speech.
“In California, as across all of our great nation, we have deep reverence for the Constitutional right to peaceful dissent and free speech,” she continued. “Non-violence is fundamental to that right. Let us use this sad event to reaffirm that we must never fight hate with hate, and to remember the values of peace, openness and justice that represent the best of America.”
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