House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) condemned Antifa via a statement on Tuesday, pointing specifically to the left-wing group’s criminal violence, vandalism, and threats this past Sunday in Berkeley, CA:
Pelosi Statement Condemning Antifa Violence in Berkeley
San Francisco — Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement denouncing the violent protests carried out this weekend in Berkeley, California:
Our democracy has no room for inciting violence or endangering the public, no matter the ideology of those who commit such acts. The violent actions of people calling themselves antifa in Berkeley this weekend deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted.
In California, as across all of our great nation, we have deep reverence for the Constitutional right to peaceful dissent and free speech. Non-violence is fundamental to that right. Let us use this sad event to reaffirm that we must never fight hate with hate, and to remember the values of peace, openness and justice that represent the best of America.
Sunday’s violent riots in Berkeley saw 13 leftists — presumably Antifa agitators — arrested.
On Monday, Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson described Antifa as the Democrats’ militant wing.
Following unrest in Charlottesville, various news media figures neglected to report on the nature of Antifa, its political values, its funding, or its alignment with similar left-wing groups such as Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street.
News media figures on CNN and MSNBC often described Antifa as innocuous counter-demonstrators simply opposed to white racial nationalism, uncritically accepting the group’s self-descriptions as “anti-fascist” and “anti-racist.”
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