MAYOR JESSE AREGUIN HAS HAD AN EPIPHANY ABOUT THE ANTIFA.
The important thing here is that the Mayor of Berkeley has finally acknowledged the existence of anarchist/Communist violence.
Remember the outrage after Charlottesville when President Trump laid the blame on “both sides?” He was denounced by the press, Democrats, and Republicans. Those losers now have to eat their words.
For two years the Antifa have been beating up and intimidating Trump supporters, while the press pushed the idea that it was Nazi, KKK loving, racist Trump supporters who were dangerous and out of control.
Now, the mayor, Nancy Pelosi (see here), and the Washington Post have shifted the focus away from us so-called Nazis toward leftist violence.
Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin has called for authorities to tackle left-wing violence by classifying members of antifa, the loosely organized group of “anti-fascists” who believe that violence is acceptable in countering right-wing extremism, as a gang.
A largely peaceful demonstration in Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Civic Center Park was disrupted Sunday by black-clad antifa counterprotesters, who jumped over police barriers and chased Trump supporters, according to multiple news reports.
Berkeley police made 10 arrests on Sunday, using tear gas to disperse black-clad counterprotesters on several occasions, Newsweek reported from the protests Sunday.
Organizers had called off the “No Marxism in America” event earlier after strict police measures were introduced, but hundreds of counterdemonstrators and a small group of right-wing protesters gathered regardless.
Arreguin said that new measures were required to tackle a violent fringe of left-wing demonstrators.
“I think we should classify them as a gang,” said Arreguin, as quoted by CBS. “They come dressed in uniforms. They have weapons, almost like a militia, and I think we need to think about that in terms of our law enforcement approach.”
Arreguin said that although he does not support the far-right, tougher measures were required to counter left-wing violence, and he called for nonviolent protesters to take a stand.
“I think we are going to have to think ‘big picture’ about what is the strategy for how we are going to deal with these violent elements on the left as well,” said the mayor.
“We also need to hold accountable and encourage people not to associate with these extremists because it empowers them and gives them cover,” said Arreguin.
Under California law, a gang is defined as an organization of at least three persons, with a common name, or identifying mark or symbol, which engages in criminal activity. Criminals who commit offenses for gangs can face tougher sentences in the state.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who is rumored to be sabotaging Donald Trump’s campaign promises to set himself up for a 2020 run for the presidency, is now backed into a corner, damned by his own support for the Antifa.
People have noticed:
An Air Force veteran has slammed Speaker of the House Paul Ryan for defending Antifa, the violent Alt-Left group that has been responsible for innumerable violent assaults on Trump supporters.
Two days after the violence in Charlottesville, Ryan posted a Facebook update in which he lashed out at Donald Trump for saying that both sides were responsible for violent unrest.
“There are no sides,” wrote Ryan. “There is no other argument. We will not tolerate this hateful ideology in our society.”
Ryan has failed to condemn Antifa despite the group’s many violent attacks on Trump supporters, the vast majority of whom are not neo-nazis or white supremacists.
An anonymous Air Force veteran has responded with a powerful letter which warned Ryan that Trump supporters were perfectly willing to vote him out of office.
Beautiful! The letter-writing Mississippi mom calls Ryan a liar, cheater, and thief. I love it.
Meanwhile, Paul Nehlen, who is challenging Ryan in the Republican primary, called the Speaker of the House a “coward” for failing to condemn Alt-Left violence.
“What he is doing is working to further divide the country so that he can keep his hands on the levers of power. People aren’t buying what Ryan is selling in terms of this fake narrative that there is only one side to the violence,” said Nehlen.