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Anti-Trump Radicals Accused Of Promoting 'Anarchy'

Some of the protesters opposed to President Trump are encouraging violence, according to a Fox News commentator.

On Saturday, former Judge Jeanine Pirro cited an “outright attempt at anarchy” by the president’s “haters.” She explained: “With conviction and an air of condescension, the left so hates Donald Trump and those who support him that they’ve sanctioned the use of violence against them. The goal of these haters is to normalize, incite and mobilize hatred, and turn it into violence.”

Pirro pointed to the shooter who targeted Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice, arguing that the man was not simply deranged. She said he was “focused, lucid and clear” in his political motivation. The gunman reportedly asked a congressman before his shooting spree whether the players on the field were Democrats or Republicans. Pirro accused the left-wing movement known as antifa of being determined to “recast our legal system” to sanction violence by liberal protesters. “The very ones who call you fascists and label themselves anti-fascist or antifa are changing the rules,” she said.

Many people first heard about antifa in February, when activists prevented right-wing extremist Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking at the University of California-Berkeley. Anti-fascists also showed up for August’s white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., where a woman was killed and dozens of people suffered injuries when a reputed neo-Nazi allegedly slammed his vehicle into a group of counter-demonstrators.

The Washington Post defined antifa as “a radical pan-leftist politics of social revolution applied to fighting the far right.” Most of those who identify with the movement are communists, socialists or anarchists, the newspaper reported. Antifa activists operate independently and in small groups, rather than as a large centralized organization. They monitor and expose the actions of those they consider fascists or Nazis, educate the public about far-right groups, advocate for immigrants and refugees, and conduct counter-protests at white-nationalist rallies.

Reports of violent activities by Americans associated with antifa are rare, according to multiple news sources. However, unlike pacifist protesters, they attempt to forcibly break up fascist events and are prepared to defend themselves. As a result, there have been physical confrontations and fights. Some antifa activists claim that violence is acceptable. Liberal professor and author Cornel West, recalling the Charlottesville melee, said that “if it hadn’t been for the anti-fascists protecting us from the neo-fascists, we would have been crushed like cockroaches.”

Fighting oppressive, far-right regimes is not a new phenomenon. Anti-fascists have battled against authoritarian leaders like Italy’s Benito Mussolini, Germany’s Adolf Hitler and Spain’s Francisco Franco. In China, anti-fascists resisted the imperialist government of Japan. The Post noted that during the 1970s and 1980s, activists fought the white-power skinheads. The Anti-Racist Action Network began demonstrating against the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other such groups in the 1980s.

The election of Trump has re-energized anti-fascists. They are alarmed at the president’s racist rhetoric and conservative policies, as well as his embrace of dictators such as Vladimir Putin of Russia and Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines. Trump has often praised the strongmen.

Source: Fox News Insider
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