While President Trump called out all sides responsible for the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, CNN took to defending far-left “anti-fascists” as simply a protest group.
CNN anchor Don Lemon on Tuesday defended antifa activists, who clashed with far-right, white nationalists in a Virginia park over the weekend leading to three deaths, including a woman who died when a car drove into a crowd of counter-protesters.
“I’m saddened, Wolf. Sitting here, thinking as we were about to go on the air, ‘What am I going to say to Wolf Blitzer? What am I going to say to my colleagues, to the country and the world who is watching?’ This is a sad moment for the country. I think it was an awful moment for the person who was supposed to represent the highest office of the land. There today you saw the real Donald Trump proving all of his critics right in that moment,” Lemon said, reacting to Trump’s press conference Tuesday.
“Everyone was sitting there watching, saying ‘here we go, his true colors are coming out.’ To equate a group that is a protest group, two protests group. Yes, they are both protest groups, calling antifa. They were there protesting fascism. Maybe their tactics weren’t exactly right. It is messy. There is a difference between the two groups,” Lemon went on.
“One is a Nazi, white supremacist group. What they want to do is extinguish people that look like me and you, Wolf, Jewish people, black people, even women. They don’t think we are equal. The other is a protest group, protesting a political and racism movement. I am not saying that that group, all of their tactics are right. They were there protesting hate in America,” he said.
Actually, antifa activists admit they want to overthrow democracy and American civil society, according to The Daily Caller. Encouraging violence as a means of fighting back what they label “fascism” and “racism,” antifa agitators have attacked those supporting Trump, burned American flags and violently clashed with law enforcement. They have even been labeled a domestic terror group by the state of New Jersey.
And Don Lemon whitewashed them as a “protest group” simply “protesting hate in America.”
That narrative was carried on at CNN as correspondent Sara Sidner argued that antifa groups in Charlottesville “wouldn’t have been there” if it hadn’t been for the white supremacists.
“Here is the truth. The Antifa. There’s a group of anti-fascists called the black bloc, which do tend to get violent,” Sidner admitted Tuesday. “Their idea is, ‘look, non-violence hasn’t worked, we are going to try to stop this.’”
“But, they wouldn’t have been there, they wouldn’t have been anywhere near there had it not been for the fact that white supremacists and neo-Nazis were out there scaring the living daylights out of most of the people in that town,” Sidner said.
CNN, like the rest of the liberal mainstream media, seems bent on shilling for the violent group, downplaying the leftists’ “tactics” in their ongoing effort to bash anything to do with President Trump.
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