If you were wondering what President Trump meant when he blamed “both sides’ for violence in Charlottesville earlier this month, here’s what he meant.
Those attacked were not white supremacists. They were merely Trump supporters. This is pretty chilling.
From reports by the Associated Press and the Washington Post:
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!”
Berkeley Police Chief Andrew Greenwood said officers were told not to actively confront the anarchists. He applauded officers’ restraint, saying it forestalled greater violence. Six people suffered injuries, including two who were hospitalized, and one officer was injured while making an arrest and several others were hit with paint.
There were 13 arrests on various charges including, assault with a deadly weapon.
Trump’s gravest sins with regard to the Charlottesville violence were that he did not specifically condemn white supremacists and that he suggested there were good people among them, evidence of which I haven’t seen. But he was not wrong to call out both sides. And as far as I can tell, the instigators of violence, in general, have been on the Left, among the antifa. They are the latest incarnation of leftist radicalism that seeks to foment anarchy and violence and undermine the republic. Certainly, they are successfully quashing free speech, given the original rally by conservatives in Berkeley was canceled due to fear of violence.
And what is this about police being ordered not to confront the antifa? Imagine if a police chief had told his officers not to stop white supremacist from attacking people.