In Berkeley, Calif., this past weekend, the masked, jack-booted thugs of Antifa again demonstrated their more fascist tendencies when they attacked Trump-supporters, beating at least five of them. I will be appearing on local talk radio host Dave Congalton's show for an hour Tuesday to talk about Antifa and the violence that is the norm when they show up. You can listen live online here.
Let me be clear, since it seems to be a "thing" on the political left nowadays that attacking Antifa, or merely being silent or insufficiently vocal about evil that occurs 3,000 miles away, is seen as an endorsement of the alt-right: A pox on both their houses. (If you want to play this game, try to find anywhere in a Tom Fulks' column where he condemned the attempted massacre of GOP representatives practicing for a charity baseball game that nearly killed Rep. Steve Scalise.)
President Donald Trump was wrong and an embarrassment to tout "very fine people" on "both sides" of the Charlottesville riots that left a counter-protester dead after an alt-right nutjob ran his car into a crowd. Why did he do this? Because he knows that those neo-Nazis and alt-right losers voted for him.
Earlier today, Benny Johnson over at the Independent Journal Review played the typical media game of asking a politician to denounce something he had nothing to do with. What made this newsworthy was that it was Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe who was asked to denounce Antifa. It went much as you'd expect.
When the governor was asked if he disavows antifa for its actions at Berkley on Monday night, he said:
“I disavow anyone — we won't tolerate violence of any kind. You’re entitled to protest. First amendment certainly protected. As I've said after Charlottesville, anyone who came to our state, anyone who committed violence, on any side, will be arrested. [...] Everybody’s entitled to do their protest but were not going to accept violence from anybody.”
When asked again if he directly disavows antifa by name, the governor said, “Here’s what I do as governor, I denounce any individual who commits a crime, who commits violence on our citizens. We will get you, and we will arrest you, plain and simple. I don’t care what the group is.”
Why McAuliffe's cowardice? Because, even though he's term-limited out as Virginia governor, a lot of those Antifa types voted for him. As former head of the Democratic National Committee, he knows that Democrats across the country are counting on those votes as well.
Berkeley mayor Jesse Arreguin, last seen in February allowing the Antifa to do more than $100,000 of damage to the UC Berkeley campus and adjacent neighborhoods, has now called for the cancellation of Free Speech Week next month because right-wing speakers at Berkeley will cause his constituents to behave badly.
Berkeley's finest, apparently on orders from Arreguin, managed to make exactly zero arrests of rioters that February night. This past weekend, they managed a slightly more respectable 14 arrests before ceding the park to Antifa and allowing them to beat at least five people.
“I obviously believe in freedom of speech, but there is a line between freedom of speech and then posing a risk to public safety,” the mayor said. “That is where we have to really be very careful — that while protecting people’s free-speech rights, we are not putting our citizens in a potentially dangerous situation and costing the city hundreds of thousands of dollars fixing the windows of businesses.”
To quote former President Barack Obama: "Words. Just words."
Arreguin embraces the heckler's veto, because in Berkeley it suits his purposes. He'd feel differently if it was his side's political ox getting gored.
Please don't hesitate to listen, call in tomorrow and weigh in on this issue. Especially if you're a big Antifa fan. We want to hear from you!