There’s been a lot said about the dumbness (or even perhaps lack of genuineness) of some of the people who organized or attended the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, but the facts are pretty clear that this isn’t a one-sided simple situation where bad racists and Nazis showed up and caused all the violence. The city and state officials and police totally blew-it, or maybe just obeyed their masters in orchestrating a pretty set-up to make everyone on the Right look like Nazis and tarnish the President. It appears from in-person accounts and raw footage that the Alt-Left (thank you, Mr. President) was likely more violent and disruptive than the Right. If they had just stayed home, there would have been no violence whatsoever, and if they had dispersed and gone home instead of rioting through the streets, no one would have died.
To say that the counter-protesters were just as violent is being rather too generous to the leftists. But the narrative won’t allow even that. The narrative says “there is only one side to blame” and many, supposedly on the Right, fell into line and obediently parroted all the correct talking points.
Ah, but can you just guess who decided to support those darling Alt-Left counter-protesters?
On Tuesday evening, three prominent Republicans — Senator John McCain, Senator Marco Rubio, and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney — endorsed the left-wing media’s preferred narrative and embraced the masked thugs of Antifa as heroes.
McCain and Romney used almost identical language, bending their knees to the media narrative that only two factions were present in Charlottesville during the awful events of last weekend: white supremacist Nazis and “Americans standing up to defy hate and bigotry.”
Mitt Romney ✔ @MittRomney
No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes.
John McCain ✔ @SenJohnMcCain
There’s no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate& bigotry. The President of the United States should say so
Neither of these gentlemen can claim ignorance of Antifa; the reason both of them piped up is that President Donald Trump mentioned them in his Tuesday press conference. Left-wing politicians and media personalities responded by thundering “there is only one side” for all right-thinking Americans to be on, because there was only one squad of villains on the ground in Charlottesville.
McCain and Romney obediently bent the knee to this narrative. At the very least, they’re agreeing Antifa should be invisible, accepting the incredibly stupid idea that calling out their violence somehow dilutes criticism of the Tiki Torch Terror. Mentioning Antifa is damned under the left’s new doctrine of “Whataboutism,” which originally held that history began with the inauguration of President Trump and all prior Democrat sins were absolved, but has mutated into an unlimited free pass for the #Resistance to do whatever it takes to bring down the Trump administration without a peep of protest from tame Republicans.
Senator Marco Rubio went much, much further. He launched a brief tweetstorm that completely absolved Antifa of all responsibility for its actions in Charlottesville, blaming all violence “one hundred percent” on those who organized the events leading to the “Charlottesville terrorist attack”.