Blindlight - Trump was the only politician that was even handed but the fact was and is that truthful reporting would be focusing almost all the blame on Antifa as well as paid agent provocateurs masquerading as racialists
At the time of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August a year ago, Donald Trump was the only prominent American politician to blame both sides for the violence. This evenhandedness suggested his administration might be equally evenhanded in bringing charges of rioting and violence.
Starting with the President’s own inauguration, antifa have rioted—attacking political enemies, threatening politicians, and sparking street brawls. By the group’s own admission, its purpose is to use violence against opponents. And yet, in a purported crackdown on “serial rioters,” Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department skipped over antifa and indicted members of a little-known right-wing group called the Rise Above Movement (RAM).
Last week, the US Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, Thomas Cullen—a Trump Administration appointee—held a press conference to celebrate bringing charges, including “conspiracy to riot,” against four RAM members. “They were essentially serial rioters,” said Mr. Cullen. “This wasn’t in our view the lawful exercise of First Amendment rights. These guys came to Charlottesville to commit violent acts.”
The content of the FBI Criminal Complaint that led to the arrests tracks closely with a hostile article about RAM written by Northern California Anti-Racist Action and even quotes NOCARA’s explanation of what RAM does: “fetishization of masculinity, physical fitness, and violence mixed with the shallow anti-corporate and anti-consumerist themes of the film Fight Club.” Like the NOCARA report, the complaint emphasizes the group’s focus on physical fitness and martial arts training.
The FBI also included photographs of RAM members fighting at the Unite the Right demonstration and at Berkeley, and says RAM attacked people in Huntington Beach. It notes that members wrapped their fists like MMA fighters, which suggests they came ready to brawl.
However, the FBI makes these allegations without context—as if Unite the Right and other demonstrations were full of right-wingers randomly attacking peaceful progressives. Groups such as RAM have arisen because of the antifa violence that has surged since Donald Trump announced his candidacy.
The “Battle of Berkeley,” the scrum at Huntington Beach, and the continued unrest in cities such as Portland have followed the same pattern: Conservatives announce a demonstration, and masked antifa violently disrupt it. In some cases, the police have clearly failed to protect the First Amendment rights of conservatives. That is why many conservatives now understand that if they are to put on rallies, they must come prepared for violence, and this explains why RAM members emphasize physical fitness and martial arts........read more