Violent Antifa protesters created so much havoc this weekend in Berkeley that even the mainstream media had to take notice of the chaos. As loathe as the AP, the Washington Post, and The New York Times were to admit that President Trump was right about the hatred on “many sides,” they had no choice but to cover the anarchist rioting that transpired Sunday in MLK Civic Center Park.
And you know they were hating every word they wrote.
But let’s give them a small amount of credit: They did write. And finally, they told the truth about the small-but-growing segment of leftist protesters who are willing to use any means necessary to shut down free expression on the right.
From The Washington Post’s report:
Their faces hidden behind black bandannas and hoodies, about a 100 anarchists and antifa — “anti-fascist” — 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 antifas, 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!”
Reports have it that at least five conservative protesters were violently attacked by the hooligans, and police had made 13 arrests as of Monday morning.
In a statement, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin addressed the violence. “I applaud the more than 7,000 people who came out today to peacefully oppose bigotry, hatred, and racism that we saw on display in Charlottesville,” he said. “However, the violence that small group of protesters engaged in against residents and the police, including throwing smoke bombs, is unacceptable. Fighting hate with hate does not work and only makes each side more entrenched in their ideological camps.”
The mayor is not wrong about that, which is exactly why President Trump chose to speak about the Charlottesville tragedy in the way that he did. Perhaps now, more Americans will realize that Trump’s approach was exactly the right one. Perhaps the left will begin to understand that violence only begets violence – that you don’t fight your ideological disagreements with sticks and clubs. Not if you want to get anywhere.