Could it be that Democrats finally have had enough of Antifa?
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi finally called out the “anti-fascists” and condemned them by name for violence against conservative demonstrators in Berkeley, California on Sunday.
Pelosi puts out statement condemning Antifa violence in Berkeley. pic.twitter.com/0RlU6RlWmX
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) August 30, 2017
“Our democracy has no room for inciting violence or endangering the public, no matter the ideology of those who commit such acts,” the California Democrat said in a statement Tuesday. “The violent actions of people calling themselves antifa in Berkeley this weekend deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted.”
Pelosi’s finally condemned Antifa. Took her time with that one.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 29, 2017
Did hell freeze over?
— Regan Teague (@reganteague) August 29, 2017
More than 100 hooded protesters, dressed in black and armed with masks and weapons attacked the peaceful demonstrators Sunday, leading to the arrest of thirteen people, Fox News reported.
“They came with black masks, they carried weapons, they were pounding people down with their fists and feet,” University of California-Berkeley College Republican Ashton Whitty told Fox News’ “The Story with Martha MacCallum” on Monday. “I knew I had to get out of there.”
Pelosi had warned about the possibility that a Patriot Prayer rally planned for Saturday could lead to clashes and unrest, slamming the “misguided” National Park Service for “permitting a white supremacist rally” in San Francisco. Patriot Prayer rally founder, Joey Gibson, ended up cancelling that event and laid the blame squarely on Pelosi and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee for the white supremacist remarks which falsely labeled them as a hate group.
“How long are you going to stay silent on Antifa? Because in their silence, it’s almost like they’re using Antifa to their benefit—to attack free speech,” Gibson told Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
Pelosi, who represents a nearby district in San Francisco, came under fire for not initially speaking out against the Antifa violence at Berkeley Sunday or even condemning the group by name until now. Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe called out Democrats who stayed conspicuously mum after Sunday’s violence, specifically targeting Pelosi and Congresswoman Barbara Lee who represents the 13th district of California.
Fox News’ Lisa Boothe: Where the heck are Dems denouncing Antifa thugs? Hello, Pelosi? Lee? https://t.co/hwe89H7v7m
— Lisa Boothe (@LisaMarieBoothe) August 29, 2017
“In California, as across all of our great nation, we have deep reverence for the Constitutional right to peaceful dissent and free speech,” the House’s top Democrat continued in her statement.
WOW! I guess it is finally sinking in that these thugs “aren’t the good guys”.Never thought I would see something like this come from Pelosi
— Ali’s Mom…. (@H8Yankees) August 29, 2017
We must be at a really low point if announcing that you’re against political violence is something worthy of celebration. #lowbar
— scythe (@thewokencomic) August 30, 2017
Better late and it is late, egregiously late, irresponsibly late, than never.
— myusefulspare (@myusefulspare) August 30, 2017
“Non-violence is fundamental to that right,” Pelosi’s statement concluded. “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.”
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