Peter Beinart wonders why conservatives are so eager to ‘conjure up’ liberal support of Antifa
Journalist Andy Ngo was hospitalized a week ago today during an Antifa protest in Portland; 2020 Democratic candidate Andrew Yang distinguished himself by being the first to wish Ngo well on Twitter just a couple of days later, while it took Joe Biden a week to step up and denounce the attack:
— New York Post (@nypost) July 6, 2019
Guess they’re still calling him a “conservative” journalist because he documents violent acts by vigilante far-left thugs on camera because no one else will.
On Friday, The Atlantic’s Peter Beinart gave his hot take on Antifa:
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) July 4, 2019
Funny that with so little support from liberals, Twitchy was able to find all sorts of people (like the Human Rights Campaign’s Charlotte Clymer) claiming that Ngo was “asking for it,” or that he wasn’t a real journalist and shouldn’t have been there. Slate’s Aymann Ismail claimed that what Ngo has done is worse than what he got (a brain hemorrhage).
Ngo was hit with a “milkshake” which police said was probably skin-burning quick-drying cement, which really amused MMFA’s Parker Molloy and HuffPost’s Christopher Mathias, and super-fact-checker Talia Lavin. Liberals claimed Ngo was faking his injuries. Vox’s Zach Beauchamp says “broader context” is necessary to understand why Ngo was punched and hit with thrown objects. And The New York Times wasn’t about to pass judgment; it just offered an “explainer” on Antifa.
Oh, and liberals doctored headlines and claimed that Ngo staged the attack.
What was the question again? Oh yeah, why are conservatives so determined to make it look like Antifa has the support of liberals?
Well, someone is supporting them. And I never hear Dems come out, hold a presser and denounce them by name. It’s a generic, half-hearted response. #AntifaDomesticTerrorists
— Independent Mark (@malavemark) July 4, 2019
They were trashing Washington, D.C., Saturday — that might have been a good time to say something.
Rank and file liberals may not support Antifa, but the press certainly knows how to softball them, and city/police administrators certainly know how to get out of the way.
— Oscar Emerson (@oscar_t_emerson) July 5, 2019
Maybe because it’s on tape?
— chris jackson (@seejackson) July 4, 2019
Antifa often gets a reflexive pass, in spite of their actions, because they call themselves "anti-facist". Also, all ideolgues are afraid of nuance and Progressives are extremely wary of any issue that might be a slippery slope. Good guys/bad guys must always be black/white.
— Steve Green (@EstiviG) July 5, 2019
I watch MSNBC regulary and I have never seen any criticism of Antifa violence from them. As Dante said, The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. But I would call MSNBC's stance more of a selective avoidance.
— Steve Green (@EstiviG) July 5, 2019
Because antifa’s happening and you are supportive.
— Chris Sellors * 🗣💡 (@ChrisSellors) July 5, 2019
College administrators and local governments seem to have missed that message. Allowing people dressed like terrorists to intimidate people and destroy public property without response seems like support.
— ApoliticalNaples (@ApoliticalN) July 4, 2019
"I did not have sexual relations with that group, Antifa" https://t.co/JvnNSrSCNW
lol yeah but no. They're yours.
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) July 6, 2019
Wait. They're saying they DON'T support Antifa?
Then, what was this: https://t.co/rE6PpeT9SC
— Chewiechipsahoy (@Crapplefratz) July 6, 2019
Jesus. It’s not hard. Here’s a piece by a gentleman named P—- B—- in The Atlantic. “Such tactics have elicited substantial support from the mainstream left.” https://t.co/iOmsFuPrLM
— Laurel Van Driest (@lvandriest) July 6, 2019
Mainstream media has cheered on Antifa in the US from the start. They own it.
— Trash_Panda (@FML_Nation) July 6, 2019
"Despite scouring the internet, (conservative writers) didn’t find a single Democratic politician or prominent liberal… who defended antifa’s violence."
How about the former DNC co-chair and current Democrat AG of Minnesota? pic.twitter.com/MgZhzEeUEi
— Victor Tango Kilo (@GenghisKhet) July 6, 2019
Remember when not condemning violence was complicity? I guess that only goes one way.
— Greg (@gbernsie) July 6, 2019
Antifa must *really* be fucking up if even shitsticks like Beinart are trying to distance themselves. LOL.
— Fed Dept of No Sh*t (@NoShitDept) July 6, 2019
Let’s peek in on Antifa and see what they’re up to in D.C.
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) July 6, 2019
Yeah, but a bunch of people in The Atlantic’s thread are claiming President Trump actually is behind Antifa and uses them as an election scare tactic.
Video: Antifa tries to steal man in MAGA hat's microphone. Tosses water bottle. It hits him in the face. pic.twitter.com/FQYRcPBRaJ
— Marcus J. DiPaola (@marcusdipaola) July 6, 2019
they’re flipping newspaper boxes and sliding them into the streets pic.twitter.com/5DQYrobJZo
— Alex Thomas (@AlexThomasDC) July 6, 2019
Black Lives Matter has resurfaced as well and is as classy as ever.
Even though the #DemandFreeSpeech rally ended awhile ago, antifa are now heckling police.
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) July 6, 2019
OK, point us to all the blue-check liberals denouncing this in their feeds today, since they don’t support it.
'F*CKING OWNED B*TCH'! Blue-checked garbage person brags about her cameo in video of Antifa assaulting Andy Ngo https://t.co/QJh3mz2arQ
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 3, 2019