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Chris Cuomo: Antifa’s Attacks on Police, Journalists Are ‘Not Equal’ To Attacks Carried Out By Bigots

CNN host Chris Cuomo stuck his neck out for members of Antifa who got into physical altercations with police officers and journalists in Charlottesville over the weekend.

Cuomo began by mocking the “pathetic” turnout of white supremacists and neo-Nazis and praised the overwhelming turnout of counter protestors. He then spoke of the anti-fascist protestors “peppered” in the crowd who “confronted police and berated journalists,” which he said was “wrong.”

He then differentiated protestors and rioters by saying the latter “use their hands in a violent way,” calling them “thugs and criminals.”

However, he argued that “all punches are not equal.”

“In the eyes of the law, yes. But in the eyes of good and evil, here’s the argument: If you’re a punk who comes and starts trouble in a mask and hurt people, you’re not about any virtuous cause. You’re just somebody who’s going to be held to the standard of doing something wrong,” Cuomo said. “But when someone comes to call out bigots and it gets hot, even physical, are they equally wrong as the bigot they are fighting? I argue no.”

Cuomo insisted that “drawing a moral equivalency” between those who espouse hate and those who fight it “emboldens hate.”

He then blasted President Donald Trump for his “both sides” remarks after the Charlottesville attack.

“The bigots are wrong to hit. Antifa or whoever… are malcontent or misguided, they are also wrong to hit, but fighting hate is right,” Cuomo continued. “And in a clash between hate and those who oppose it, those who oppose it are on the side of right.”

Cuomo concluded that those who fight against bigots “are not to be judged the same as the bigots,” even if they resort to violence.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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