Violence erupted yet again in Berkley over the weekend as members of the alt-left organization ANTIFA, along with demonstrators from the Democratic Socialists of America, overcame police barricades and attacked pro-Trump rally-goers.
Supporters of President Trump gathered at the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Berkeley, California, on Sunday in what they dubbed the “March Against Marxism”, which had nothing to do with “neo-Nazis” and was led by a transgender woman who was forced to cover her face and conceal her identity from those who would threaten violence against her.
— Lisa Fernandez (@ljfernandez) August 23, 2017
Although the larger “Patriot Prayer” rally that was scheduled to be held this weekend was canceled due to numerous threats of violence, several demonstrators decided to show up at the park and voice their opposition to Marxism. The rally-goers also wore red clothing to signal their support for President Trump.
As with previous demonstrations in support of free speech and America First policies, counter-protesters comprised of ANTIFA members dressed in their usual all black clothing while coming armed with makeshift shields and clubs, looking similar to gang of raiders straight out of a Mad Max movie.
True to form, ATIFA’s “Anti-Hate” counter-protest portrayed rampant hatred for the anti-Marxism demonstrators, eventually hopping over police barriers and assaulting anyone they considered to be a “Nazi”.
Even a random bystander simply walking to the store wasn’t safe from ANTIFA, as black-clad ANTIFA rioters viciously beat the man to the ground as he covers his face in the middle of the street.
Man walking to grocery store in Berkeley mistaken for being a Nazi is beaten into a coma. pic.twitter.com/pFpHhSKasi
— Hector Morenco (@hectormorenco) August 27, 2017
Ironically, you can see in the video a pink sign that one of the ANTIFA thugs are holding which says “No Hate”, as they unleash their hatred against an innocent man walking to the grocery store. Right, because nothing tells the world that you stand against hate like beating people senseless in the middle of the street, frantically flailing your arms into a person laying in the street covering his head in defense. It appears that ANTIFA’s members are only bold enough to attack when they greatly outnumber their victim.
If you want to conceal the true intentions of a hate group bent on violence, simply name it the opposite of what they truly stand for, which is what has propelled Socialism and Communism to destroy the lives of millions of people in various countries throughout history.
Even “non-combatants” like independent journalists weren’t safe from the wrath of ANTIFA, as one reporter was simply taking pictures of their group when they shouted at him, “Take his camera, take his phone!”
— Lizzie Johnson (@lizziejohnsonnn) August 27, 2017
Shockingly, the mainstream media was forced to admit that ANTIFA represented nothing but hate and violence, as journalist’s eyes are being opened to the reality of this rising hate group.
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) August 27, 2017
— Boston🇺🇸Bobblehead (@DBloom451) August 27, 2017
For all the media worries that Trump is inciting violence against journalists, the only group consistently assaulting reporters is Antifa
— Scott Greer (@ScottMGreer) August 27, 2017
The Washington Post, who makes no secret about being anti-Trump and typically supports any opposition to the president, actually published an article today titled “Black-clad antifa members attack peaceful right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley”. This must be the first time since Trump announced his candidacy that the Washington Post actually published the phrase “peaceful right-wing demonstrators”.
Their faces hidden behind black bandannas and hoodies, about 100 anarchists and antifa— “anti-fascist” — members barreled into a protest Sunday afternoon in Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park.
Jumping over plastic and concrete barriers, the group melted into a larger crowd of around 2,000 that had marched peacefully throughout the sunny afternoon for a “Rally Against Hate” gathering.
Shortly after, violence began to flare. A pepper-spray-wielding Trump supporter was smacked to the ground with homemade shields. Another was attacked by five black-clad antifa members, each windmilling kicks and punches into a man desperately trying to protect himself. A conservative group leader retreated for safety behind a line of riot police as marchers chucked water bottles, shot off pepper spray and screamed, “Fascist go home!”
All told, the Associated Press reported at least five individuals were attacked. An AP reporter witnessed the assaults. Berkeley Police’s Lt. Joe Okies told The Washington Post the rally resulted in “13 arrests on a range of charges including assault with a deadly weapon, obstructing a police officer, and various Berkeley municipal code violations.”
However, no article published from left-wing outlets would be complete without blaming President Trump for violence and all troubling issues facing America, eager to use the tragedy in Charlottesville as a shield against being too critical of violence perpetrated by alt-left rioters. True to their anti-Trump form, the Washington Post couldn’t’ resist implying that all of the violence perpetrated by the left is caused by the fact Trump was elected as president of the United States.
And although the anti-hate and left-wing protesters largely drowned out the smaller clutch of far-right marchers attending a planned “No to Marxism in America” rally, Sunday’s confrontation marked another street brawl between opposing ends of the political spectrum — violence that has become a regular feature of the Trump years and gives signs of spiraling upward, particularly in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville.
As ANTIFA members become emboldened by the lack of police response to their violence, it is likely only a matter of time until their unbridled hate manifests itself into a fatality. It may be an attack on a pro free speech demonstrator, or even an innocent bystander who they simply mistake for being a secret “Nazi”. However, what ANTIFA and other alt-left groups fail to realize is that you cannot fight an idea or movement of this magnitude with violence, as it will eventually unite conservatives and Trump supporters into a force that they could never hope to defeat. A movement that managed to elect a president against all odds is far beyond being suppressed by censorship, intimidation or threats. The only force strong enough to overcome the idea of “America First” is another, more powerful idea for the benefit of the nation, which the entire left-wing seems to be sorely lacking at this point.