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Antifa: The New Ku Klux Klan

Over at Conservative Review a while back, in a column titled “The Left’s Violent DNA,” I noted the following after the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise:


What do the Ku Klux Klan, the labor movement, Students for a Democratic Society, the Weathermen, Occupy Wall Street, and congressional shooter James T. Hodgkinson have in common?

Answer: They all emerged from the murky depths of leftist politics. And all have a history of violence associated with their politics.”

As if to prove the point the fascists of Antifa — stunning, I know, that real fascists would label themselves “Antifa” for PR purposes — were on the loose the other day in, yet again, Berkeley. Here is this report from, of all places, the Washington Post:

Black-clad antifa members attack peaceful right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley

Their faces hidden behind black bandannas and hoodies, about 100 anarchists and antifa — “anti-fascist” — members barreled into a protest Sunday afternoon in Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park.

Jumping over plastic and concrete barriers, the group melted into a larger crowd of around 2,000 that had marched peacefully throughout the sunny afternoon for a “Rally Against Hate” gathering.

Shortly after, violence began to flare. A pepper-spray-wielding Trump supporter was smacked to the ground with homemade shields. Another was attacked by five black-clad antifa members, each windmilling kicks and punches into a man desperately trying to protect himself.

A conservative group leader retreated for safety behind a line of riot police as marchers chucked water bottles, shot off pepper spray and screamed, “Fascist go home!”

All told, the Associated Press reported at least five individuals were attacked. An AP reporter witnessed the assaults. Berkeley Police’s Lt. Joe Okies told The Washington Post the rally resulted in “13 arrests on a range of charges including assault with a deadly weapon, obstructing a police officer, and various Berkeley municipal code violations.”

In other words? In other words, yet again for the umpteenth time in the history of the American Left, it has turned to violence. And just as the paramilitary and hooded Ku Klux Klan was used as, per Columbia University historian Eric Foner, “a military force serving the interests of the Democratic Party” and, according to University of North Carolina historian Allen Trelease, the “terrorist arm of the Democratic Party,” so now the hooded- fascists of Antifa are being used as a paramilitary organization designed to further the Left’s political agenda by force.

Some things never change.

Human history has moved from the discovery of fire and the invention of the wheel to Apple, but what never changes is the hard fact of human nature. There have always been — and sadly there always will be — human beings who use violence to further their thirst for political power. Yesterday’s Klan is today’s Antifa. Worse, there will always be those who make excuses for this violence.

Recall that infamous Democratic Convention of 1924 in Madison Square Garden smack in the middle of New York City? Known to history as “the Klan Bake”?

The Democratic Platform produced by those 1924 Democratic Delegates began this way:

We, the representatives of the democratic party, in national convention assembled, pay our profound homage to the memory of Woodrow Wilson. Our hearts are filled with gratitude that American democracy should have produced this man, whose spirit and influence will live on through the ages; and that it was our privilege to have co-operated with him in the advancement of ideals of government which will serve as an example and inspiration for this and future generations. We affirm our abiding faith in those ideals and pledge ourselves to take up the standard which he bore and to strive for the full triumph of the principles of democracy to which he dedicated his life.

Unmentioned? That Woodrow Wilson was a world class racist who, upon taking office, went about segregating the American military and show-casing at the White House a showing of Birth of a Nation, the infamous film celebrating the Ku Klux Klan. That very same convention — heavily populated by delegates who were Klan members — rejected a party platform plank that condemned the Klan. To celebrate, history records that tens of thousands of hooded, torch-bearing Klan members gathered across the Hudson River in a New Jersey field to celebrate.

Over here at Breitbart is this interesting story. The headline:

Mayor Is Member of Antifa Facebook Group that Organized Riots 

Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin is a member of the anti-fascist Facebook group, By Any Means Necessary, which orchestrated the riots that occurred ahead of a scheduled lecture by Milo Yiannopoulos.

Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin was revealed to be a member of the anti-fascist group, By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), on Facebook. BAMN orchestrated the violence that shut down a scheduled lecture at UC Berkeley featuring Milo Yiannopoulos in early 2017. Arreguin is allegedly also friends with BAMN leader, Yvette Felarca, on Facebook.

In other words? Just as the Klan populated the delegates of the 1924 Democratic Convention (and clearly many others), so now Antifa is populating American government with its own Klan-aping members. No wonder they want President Trump removed from office.

Hello? America? The Republican Party of Lincoln, Reagan, Kemp — and Trump?

Where are you?


Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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