For the left, shutting down speech that may not comport with their failed ideology is as simple as assigning an alt-right label.
…and that’s precisely what happened with a planned rally in San Francisco.
The city’s liberal mayor, Ed Lee — no apparent relation to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee — tried to block the permits for a “Freedom Rally” planned near the Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday by calling it “anti-American” and a “hate-filled extremist” event, according to PBS station KQED.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, did her part by labeling it a “white supremacist rally at Crissy Field” — there’s no indication Pelosi was asked to support her statement with facts.
The great irony being that after using inflammatory rhetoric to foment civil unrest, these leaders then call on citizens not to engage with the group.
The National Park Service allowed the permit to stand, but organizers cancelled the event out of concern for violence from Antifa, the fascist antagonists who claim they are “anti-fascist.”
Freedom Rally co-organizer Joey Gibson told Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson that Democrat leaders “did everything they could to get Antifa in San Francisco riled up. We felt like they were trying to incite a riot.”
Gibson also called on Mayor Lee and Pelosi to speak against the violence from Antifa and other radical counter-protesters at a hastily called press conference.
The press conference itself did not escape scrutiny, as California state Sen. Scott Wiener, a liberal anti-Trump Democrat, released a statement calling it “an illegal unpermitted rally.”
My statement on extremists' decision to cancel permitted rally at Crissy Field and to hold an illegal, volatile rally at Alamo Square. pic.twitter.com/MtN2T2fvDt
— Senator Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) August 25, 2017
The group behind the rally, Patriot Prayer, has gone so far as to invite Democrats and stated on a Facebook event page that extremists are not welcome.
“No extremists will be allowed in,” the page stated. “No Nazis, Communist, KKK, Antifa, white supremacist, I.E., or white nationalists.”
‘This is an opportunity for moderate [A]mericans to come in with opposing views. We will not allow the extremists to tear apart this country.”
To be even more specific, the group named two prominent leaders of white nationalist organizations.
“Specifically, Richard Spencer and Nathan Damigo will not be welcome,” the event description said.
Gibson held a pro-Trump event in Portland, Oregon, in June that reportedly attracted “white nationalists and other far-right extremists,” according to the Huffington Post.
That event turned violent when Antifa antagonists showed up.
Gibson told KOIN that he can’t stop white nationalists from attending his events, but he tries to discourage it. He also made it clear that he’s not one of them.
“I’m brown, so I’m definitely not a white supremacist, definitely not a white nationalist, definitely not a Nazi because I want limited government, Hitler was all about big government,” he said.
But a member of Damigo’s organization, Identity Evropa, was expected to be in attendance, as well as Kyle “Based Stickman” Chapman, who was charged with felony possession of a weapon after battling with protesters in Berkeley in March, according to KQED.
While the rally was cancelled, an event featuring MC Hammer — likely without any permits — took place outside City Hall:
Love is Infectious !!!! #BayLove#UniteAgainstHatepic.twitter.com/VgWw9j0or5@Iam360WISE@djkingassassin#FeelTheLove
— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) August 26, 2017
In the meantime, a giant group of leftists replaced the rally that they effectively shut down.
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