Democrats Must Condemn the Shocking Antifa Chaos in Berkeley

Berkeley, CA was once again the site for an egregious display of leftist intolerance and violence as anti-Marxist Trump supporters were attacked by a group of more than 100 club-wielding Antifa terrorists on Sunday. Police, who once again took a somewhat hands-off approach to the protests, were ultimately compelled to arrest at least 13 individuals on weapons and assault charges. As of Monday, the media was reporting that at least five people were assaulted by left-wing protesters.

The originally-scheduled anti-Marxist protest had actually been canceled prior to Sunday, but several dozen supporters still showed up to rally against the liberal intolerance that has begun taking root in President Trump’s America. They were swamped by thousands of “Rally Against Hate” liberals, the vast majority of whom – to be fair – did nothing more than chant and wave signs. Of course, the same could be said for the neo-Nazis who showed up in Charlottesville. On Sunday, as then, the extremists grabbed the narrative away from the moderates.

While peaceful protesters chanted “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA,” the anarchists had a chant of their own: “No Trump, no Wall, no USA at all.”

One of the men attacked on Sunday was Patriot Prayer’s Joey Gibson, who had previously canceled a gathering at San Francisco’s Crissy Field after concluding that it would not be safe for his group’s participants. After being chased and pepper-sprayed by the extremists who descended on Berkeley, he took to Facebook to blame Democrats for creating a dangerous situation on the ground. In particular, he turned his ire on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who had targeted his group as “white supremacists” when criticizing the National Park Service for allowing the rally to take place.

Gibson said that kind of rhetoric, which had no basis in fact, only served to fuel the flames.

“To call us white supremacists made San Francisco way more dangerous,” Gibson said, explaining why the original rally was canceled.

He said other Democrats shared the blame.

“You have a mayor who says that we’re hateful, we’re violent,” he said. “He doesn’t bring up any specific examples, and he doesn’t mention one word about Antifa. Not one word.”

While Sunday’s chaos was one of the worst demonstrations of left-wing violence we’ve seen thus far in 2017, it was far from the first. Nor is it likely to be the last. Antifa is growing in numbers and support, and they are increasingly willing to use any means necessary to shut down free speech. For Democrats to remain silent on this dangerous group is a national shame that cannot stand. We need to see this country’s liberal politicians denounce this violence with the same vigor they used to denounce the white supremacists in Charlottesville, and we need to see it immediately. Otherwise, they will own the consequences of their inaction.

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