Some on the Left are having a hard time at least making a pretense of condemning violence period, much less violence against conservatives.
Consider the words of regular Huffington Post contributor, and radical Leftist, Jesse Benn:
Organized? Like the Bolshevik Revolution?
“Individual acts can be understandable.” Is this guy serious? Apparently so. In an article for the Huffington Post published last June and updated only days before Wednesday’s shooting entitled “Sorry Liberals, A Violent Response To Trump Is As Logical As Any,” Benn wrote:
There’s an inherent value in forestalling Trump’s normalization. Violent resistance accomplishes this. In spite of this, such resistance is apparently more offensive and unacceptable to societal norms and liberal sensibilities than the nastiness being resisted in the first place.
Violent resistance matters. Riots can lead to major change.
Liberals who disagree with Benn’s take “misunderstand the desired outcome from violent resistance and those protesting Trump in general.” They also “ignore the history of successful violent insurrection in the US, instead favoring the elementary school version of history in which nonviolence is the only means of struggle that’s ever achieved a thing.”
Anything, according to Benn, is acceptable to the “fascism” represented by those on the right.
A litany of think-pieces and condemnations from liberal media and politicians are making their rounds to make it clear how unacceptable and counterproductive any violence or rioting is, urging people to “listen to the other side,” and to use “legitimate means“ to fight Trump’s rise—ignoring the possibility of fascism in the US rising with it.
Because Trump may not be Benito Mussolini, but he’s a “21st century” fascist, or something.
These denunciations of violence from anti-Trump protestors rest on the misguided view that the divide Trump’s exposed is a typical political disagreement between partisans, and should be handled as such. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Trump might not be a fascist in the 20th century European sense of the term—though many of his supporters are—but he might represent its 21st century US version.
Treating this like politics as usual allows it to become politics as usual, and those who do so risk complicity ushering in a new era of fascist politics in the United States. Violence that takes place at Trump rallies—in support or opposition—is a reaction to the tone he’s set, and the blame for it should land primarily on his shoulders.
Since military forces fought wars, it’s supposedly OK for antifa to practice violence…
And since we’re talking about fascism, it’s worth remembering that it wasn’t the election of a moderate centrist (hello, Hillary) or a sanguine protest that stopped its ascent in Europe. It was, primarily, the Russian military, and to a lesser extent the US military; neither of which practiced nonviolence if memory serves.
Finishing with a flourish, Benn scolds those who believe in non-violence as “problematic.”
Last, I want to briefly note the problematic nature of people with privilege condemning violent resistance to Trump as an absolute moral failing, or denying its logic.
Don’t be that liberal.
Naturally, Benn’s tweet drew quite the reaction, as it should have!
— DC (@dc_REBroker) June 14, 2017
I called Secret Service about this guy plus another tweet threat. Hopefully, others will call.
— DC (@dc_REBroker) June 14, 2017
— Tim Johnson (@tbeartim) June 14, 2017
You could always join ISIS. They seem pretty organized and hate this country almost as much as you. @HuffPost
— John (@JonTheTerrible) June 14, 2017
this is a ridiculous thing to tweet
— Dino (@dinok1975) June 14, 2017
HuffPo writer’s main beef w/ today’s attempted mass murder of Republicans is that it was poorly organized. https://t.co/I6ejb3StFQ
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) June 14, 2017
So you’re advocating violence?
— Horatio Hornblower (@JustAnotherOpin) June 14, 2017
Even a “Reasonable Lefty” gets it…
Keep this shit up and the Republicans will keep winning. Is that what you want? #StopMakingLiberalsLookBad
— Reasonable Lefty (@stfuregressives) June 15, 2017
For his part, since SJWs always double-down, that’s exactly what Benn did:
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