Well, it took until Monday night, but the Washington Post finally put a story up about Antifa’s attacks on the press Sunday and notes that the entire movement condones violence:
Antifascists, according to their own doctrine, fight fascism. Sounds simple enough.
Granted, members of the loosely organized Antifa movement define “fascism” vaguely — to include not just Nazis and neo-Nazis, but also white supremacists, white nationalists and the broader population of racists.
As for the fighting, Antifa takes that part of the doctrine literally. Claiming that even a small public gathering of fascists is a threat to freedom, the movement condones physical violence against them. Its anonymous, black-clad members routinely crash far-right demonstrations to brawl.
So — you might expect that when Antifa can’t find any fascists, it has nothing to fight. That seemed to be the situation this weekend, when a long-planned rally for far-right extremists fizzled into a paltry gathering of a few dozen white supremacists, unapproachable and nearly invisible behind a police blockade as they met without incident in a Washington D.C. park.
And yet Antifa still managed to fight — not fascists this time, but reporters.
It’s a good day for the Washington Post, which also slammed Nancy Pelosi for saying a political statement by Mitch McConnell was racist. I dunno, maybe the editors are taking their August vacation. You can hardly find this story on the Post’s webpage right now, but it is THERE.
Yesterday I noted the absence of such stories, because, you know, only Trump is a danger to the press. So today I’m glad to write that I can see one.
Part of the problem for the press in going after Antifa violence is that it seems to confirm Donald Trump’s statement last year that there was “blame on both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville. Which is indisputably true, though of course, it’s politically incorrect not to dispute it. In fact, it’s racist not to dispute it!
So let’s give some credit to the reporter, Avi Selk, for bravely doing this story. Of course, credit from me would not be what he wants or needs, I imagine. Maybe I’m being a jerk.