WASHINGTON, August 31, 2017 — Peaceful protestors were brutally attacked by opposing Antifa protestors in Berkeley, Calif., on Sunday. The police did little to intervene. This has become a pattern in free-speech protests.
The August 27 protest was the most recent explosion of Antifa violence. A small group of journalists and people protesting against Marxism were attacked by hundreds of alt-left, anarchist thugs, who have chosen the ironic title “Antifa”, short for “anti-fascist.”
The Antifa objective is to silence through fear and violence all voices of opposition. Troy Worden, a CampusReform.org correspondent and a senior at Berkeley, told Sean Hannity on his radio program:
“The organizer was hospitalized. I have friends who were hospitalized. My girlfriend was chased by thugs with lead pipes. They beat on the car as she was attempting to escape. And the police just stood by, for the most part, and let everything happen.”
Many questions remain.
- Why was the police response on Sunday so weak?
- What do city officials in Berkeley plan to do to stop the violence?
- Was anyone arrested, and if not, why not?
- When will Democratic politicians start speaking out against violent extremism just as fervently as major Republicans have?
- Will major media outlets, which compared Antifa to the soldiers who stormed the beaches at Normandy, ever apologize?
But the most important question that must be answered is whether Republicans still have Constitutional rights in California?
“You cannot be a Republican, in the Bay Area, or other major cities on the coast, without fearing for your life,” said Worden.
Where are the elected representatives of California? Where is Governor Jerry Brown and Senator Dianne Feinstein? Where is Senator Kamala Harris? San Francisco is her home town. Elected Democratic leaders have remained mostly absolutely silent on the matter.
The media have yet to demand answers from Democrats on these questions, maintaining an absurd double standard that criticizes First Lady Melania Trump for her shoes and ignores masked protesters pepper spraying conservatives.
Andrew Kalvan, a commentator, best selling author, and contributor at Prager University said:
“Individual extremists on the right are highlighted. But the overall extremism of the left is ignored. … That’s fake news”
The flood of media outlets maintaining that, by omission, President Trump supports violent racist groups, and after CNN writes that white people who don’t speak out against racism are racist by default, the question needs to be asked: Do Democrats support these violent extremist groups? They haven’t said that they don’t.
Wednesday morning, three days after the violence on Sunday, and months after Antifa first started attacking Republicans, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has become the first to speak out:
“The violent actions of people calling themselves Antifa in Berkeley this weekend deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted.”
In contrast, Jesse Arreguin, the mayor of Berkeley, responded to the violence by asking for Free Speech Week at UC Berkeley to be shut down.
The San Francisco Chronicle quotes him:
“I’m very concerned about Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter and some of these other right-wing speakers coming to the Berkeley campus because it’s just a target for black bloc to come out and commit mayhem on the Berkeley campus and have that potentially spill out on the street.”
Aren’t Democrats supposed to be for free speech? Not for Republicans. Aren’t city officials supposed to protect everyone’s rights to peaceably assemble? Not in Berkeley. Aren’t mayors supposed to enforce equal justice under the law and isn’t law enforcement supposed to arrest the violent criminal who terrorize people and hunt them down in the street? Not in California. Aren’t our representatives supposed to represent all their constituents? It seems that they don’t.
If they can’t represent all of us, they should resign.