Despite attempts by the establishment media and politicians both in the Democrat and Republican Party, The New York Times admitted on Friday that part of Antifa’s agenda is to perpetrate violence against their enemies.
The New York Times interviewed a 27-year old Antifa activist known only by the alias Frank Sabaté after the infamous Spanish anarchist and how he planned on violently resisting the attendees at the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally.
“Unlike most of the counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville and elsewhere, members of Antifa have shown no qualms about using their fists, sticks or canisters of pepper spray to meet an array of right-wing antagonists whom they call a fascist threat to American democracy,” The Times wrote.
Another Antifa activist made it even more explicit to “the paper of record” that being violent was something the far-left group openly embraced.
“You need violence in order to protect nonviolence,” Emily Rose Nauert said to The Times. “That’s what’s very obviously necessary right now. It’s full-on war, basically.”
Despite the fact that Antifa has made it clear they support and embrace violence through their words and their actions, left-wing establishments like Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) are insisting they don’t mean it.
“We’re against violence, just straight up,” said Heidi Beirich, director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project, which tracks hate groups. “If you want to protest racists and anti-Semites, it needs to be peacefully and hopefully somewhere away from where those guys are rallying.”
Obviously Beirich wasn’t paying attention to Antifa’s violent actions against Trump supporters in Chicago, San Jose, or Berkeley.
Establishment Republicans including former Presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Sen. Marco Rubio also gave Antifa a pass. Rubio went so far as to saying that force was a justifiable response to hate speech.
Featured image courtesy of The New York Times.