On Monday, President Trump met with various evangelical leaders at the White House. During the course of his speech, President Trump predicted that the violent street gang that goes by the name “antifa” will cause violence in conjunction with the midterms:
If the GOP loses control of Congress, he warned, “they will overturn everything that we’ve done and they’ll do it quickly and violently, and violently.” It’s unclear who specifically Trump was referring to.
“There’s violence. When you look at Antifa and you look at some of these groups — these are violent people,” he said.
Trump and other Republicans have frequently tried to connect liberals to the far-left group of anti-fascists known as Antifa, which has been responsible for violence and escalated tensions at various rallies around the country.
That might be a little overstated, but not by much. And you don’t have to “try” to connect liberals to the “antifa.” You have to be rather blind or disingenuous to not see the overlap between the leadership and support groups for the antifa and liberals and the Democrat party. It isn’t Republican mayors who give their police departments stand-down orders when confronting these thugs.
Naturally, Trump’s statement didn’t set well with the Resistance:
CNN’s Don Lemon on Tuesday appeared to defend Antifa Tuesday night, praising the group as “fighting racist fascists” while adding “no organization is perfect” in acknowledging the group’s violent past on his primetime program.
“It says it right in the name: Antifa. Anti-fascism, which is what they were there fighting,” Lemon said in reference to clashes between neo-Nazis and Antifa members in Charlottesville, Va., in August 2017.
“Listen, no organization is perfect. There was some violence. No one condones violence, but there were different reasons for Antifa and for these neo-Nazis to be there,” Lemon continued. “One, racists, fascists, the other group, fighting racist fascists. There is a distinction there.”
Wowowow @donlemon defends Antifa and says: "It says it right in the name, Antifa – anti-fascism – which is what they were there fighting."
"No organization is perfect," he adds. "There is some violence." pic.twitter.com/5p6pG3ee7t
— Jon Miller (@MillerStream) August 29, 2018
But this is the most hilarious take:
CNN chief legal analyst Jeffery Toobin said Trump’s criticism of Antifa is an “appeal to racism” while stating the group “is widely perceived as an African-American organization.”
“Let’s be clear also about what’s going on here, the theme here is ‘I’m Donald Trump and I’ll protect you from the scary black people,’ ” Toobin, a staunch Trump critic, said in a panel discussion on Wolf Blitzer’s “The Situation Room.”
“Antifa is widely perceived as an African-American organization and this is just part of the same story of LeBron James and Don Lemon and Maxine Waters and the NFL players and the UCLA basketball players,” Toobin added.
Wait. Say what?
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) August 29, 2018
Here are mugshots of antifa. pic.twitter.com/b7lXNoy0Dd
— M.C.G.A (@mikechurch24) August 29, 2018
Wtf? Since when did Antifa become a black organization? Most of the Antifa people I ran into were white lol. In fact they were yelling at black security guards half the time https://t.co/2fuyRPm9s0
— Pardes Seleh (@PardesSeleh) August 29, 2018
Antifa is whiter than Pat Boone making a mayonnaise sandwich with Wonder bread in a Minnesota snowstorm https://t.co/VQxX9ZG09I
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) August 29, 2018
Antifa is so white they're almost clear, but @JeffreyToobin seems to think it's somehow a black movement. And no one on @CNN seems to disagree. Maybe they were shocked, or maybe they're all just as dumb as Jeff. #FactsFirst #Banana https://t.co/DCjx7EjIcG
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) August 29, 2018
Also, Toobin claims that "Antifa is widely perceived as an African-American organization." I don't know anyone who makes this claim, nor is it anecdotally supported. Has he seen a single Antifa demonstration in the last two years? https://t.co/WsuXofMcqJ
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) August 29, 2018
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