I’m still furious about Charlottesville.
Last night, I was watching other POV livestreams and there is no evidence that contradicts our account of what happened on August 12th. The Antifas were allowed to blockade the entrance to Lee Park, riot in the streets and attack anyone who entered the park. The Charlottesville police made no effort to keep the two sides separated or to provide safe entry and exit for #UniteTheRight protesters.
The vast majority of #UniteTheRight protesters congregated peacefully in Lee Park. The rest took up defensive positions and formed a shield wall at the two chokepoints. This was necessary to repulse wave after wave of violent Antifa who were attempting to charge the park. The shield wall also had to rescue isolated individuals who were attacked by the Antifa mob in the streets.
When the police finally showed up in riot gear, they declared #UniteTheRight an “unlawful assembly” and pushed the peaceful protesters in Lee Park into the mob of violent Antifa. There is no question that this was done by the police in order to maximize the potential for violence.
The FBI and DHS know what is going on:
“Federal authorities have been warning state and local officials since early 2016 that leftist extremists known as “antifa” had become increasingly confrontational and dangerous, so much so that the Department of Homeland Security formally classified their activities as “domestic terrorist violence,” according to interviews and confidential law enforcement documents obtained by POLITICO.
Since well before the Aug. 12 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly, DHS has been issuing warnings about the growing likelihood of lethal violence between the left-wing anarchists and right-wing white supremacist and nationalist groups.
Previously unreported documents disclose that by April 2016, authorities believed that “anarchist extremists” were the primary instigators of violence at public rallies against a range of targets. They were blamed by authorities for attacks on the police, government and political institutions, along with symbols of “the capitalist system,” racism, social injustice and fascism, according to a confidential 2016 joint intelligence assessment by DHS and the FBI. …”
The dynamic here isn’t hard to understand.
The Alt-Right wants to exercise our constitutional rights to hold public events. The Antifas are ideologically committed to their “no platforming” doctrine which is their belief that they have the right to illegally engage in violence to shutdown our events. Whenever we announce an event, they show up uninvited and initiate violence. They are an organized criminal conspiracy that operates across state lines.
The Antifa have established such a reputation for violence that the Alt-Right comes to these events prepared to fight them off. We have to wear helmets and body armor. Some of us come to these events armed with firearms, shields and sticks to defend ourselves. We bring medical supplies to deal with predictable injuries from mace, pepper spray and tear gas. We bring a change of clothes because Antifas are so fond of hurling their own feces and urine in water balloons.
Whenever the Antifas aren’t present at these events, there isn’t any violence. When the Alt-Right isn’t there to be attacked, the Antifas attack Trump supporters, conservative speakers on college campuses or just vent their frustrations by rioting against the police like they did in Charlottesville on July 8th. They are the sole cause of all this violence which would dissipate if they weren’t a factor.
It is getting to the point where the police in leftwing college towns and urban areas are standing down to appease violent mobs of anarchists and communists. We saw it happen in Chicago, San Jose, Ferguson and Baltimore. We’ve seen it happen in Berkeley, Portland and Charlottesville too. They are the real destabilizing element here, not the people who want to attend rightwing events and go home. These people are the real supremacists who engage in violence to impose their views on others and it is a mystery why the Department of Justice continues to allow them to get away with this.