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Pelosi disavows Antifa

Via Cernovich Media:

Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi issued a statement [Tuesday] disavowing alt-left terrorist organization ANTIFA…

“Our democracy has no room for inciting violence or endangering the public, no matter the ideology of those who commit such acts. The violent actions of people calling themselves antifa in Berkeley this weekend deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted.”

Full Pelosi statement here.

Kudos to Pelosi for denouncing Antifa by name. As The Daily Caller says, “This marks the first-time Pelosi has condemned Antifa and is quite possibly the first time she has acknowledged the group’s existence.”

Now, if only we can get Mitt Romney, John McCain, Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan to do the same. Remember how their heads exploded when President Trump condemned political violence “on both sides”?

Sidebar: In case any leftie reading this doubts Trump’s full-on condemnation of the KKK, here is a “highlight reel” of him denouncing David Duke many times, over the years:

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Also, if you would like, you can still join the whitehouse.gov petition to Formally recognize AntiFa as a terrorist organization.

Yvonne Felarca Flashback: The Feds arrested her in July. And Eric Clanton. So there is a little pushback on Antifa; and maybe we’ll see more.

UPDATE – It’s a trend: Berkeley’s mayor finally denounces Antifa, calling for the police to classify them as a “street gang”.

Arreguin said that while he does not support the far right, it was time to draw the line on the left as well…

Trump – and we – were just ahead of the curve. 😉

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32 Comments

  1. Now watch the Antifa’s “Social Justice” warriors show Nancy some appreciation and love for the criticism coming from their ideological cousin.

    Darn. I was about to run out of popcorn!

    Forgetful me.

    Comment by Cyril — August 30, 2017 @ 3:40 am - August 30, 2017

  2. That took long enough. Must be because she realized antifa was causing a drop in fund raising. It was a monetary decision not a moral one.

    Comment by TnnsNe1 — August 30, 2017 @ 5:56 am - August 30, 2017

  3. So if Trump got flak for not condemning the white nationalists at Charlottesville (and only the white nationalists) for three days after the incident, can we say that Pelosi doesn’t really mean this, seeing as how Antifa has been doing their crap for the better part of eight months now?

    Comment by Sean L — August 30, 2017 @ 7:49 am - August 30, 2017

  4. Antifa is just the spawn of Occupy Wall Street and whatever the anarchists have called themselves going back to the Bill Ayers days of bombs, cop killing and mayhem.

    Nancy Pelosi actually feels quite differently. As in God bless them.

    Comment by Heliotrope — August 30, 2017 @ 8:42 am - August 30, 2017

  5. The rest will disavow it quietly under their breaths on an off moment, to be on the record when it comes up again.

    Comment by Hanover — August 30, 2017 @ 8:50 am - August 30, 2017

  6. I wonder if CNN and the Washington Post will stop publishing stories about how brave and heroic Antifa is, now.

    Comment by V the K — August 30, 2017 @ 8:57 am - August 30, 2017

  7. In Virginia, it is against the law to wear masks or face coverings and I suspect that the same applies in other states.

    § 18.2-422. Prohibition of wearing of masks in certain places; exceptions.

    It shall be unlawful for any person over 16 years of age to, with the intent to conceal his identity, wear any mask, hood or other device whereby a substantial portion of the face is hidden or covered so as to conceal the identity of the wearer, to be or appear in any public place, or upon any private property in this Commonwealth without first having obtained from the owner or tenant thereof consent to do so in writing. (Full statute at link.)

    These bandana and hoodie people are covering their faces for one purpose and that is to mask their identity.

    Peaceable assembly gives the police powers full authority to make judgement calls about crowbars, pipes, heavy pieces of wood, pepper spray, flame throwers, brass knuckles, etc.

    As a point of contrast, the white supremacist who shot a pistol in the Charlottesville melee was charged with using the law which carries the highest price. He was charged with firing a gun within 1000 feet of a school. The school was closed for the summer and the event occurred on Saturday, meaning no students would have been present if it were in regular session. This charge will be plea bargained down. But the charges were laid as they should have been. To my knowledge, no arrests were made regarding § 18.2-422.

    Comment by Heliotrope — August 30, 2017 @ 9:35 am - August 30, 2017

  8. I guess she’s not running for reelection.

    Comment by Mike M. — August 30, 2017 @ 9:49 am - August 30, 2017

  9. @2
    You got it. The mid term electioneering is coming up fast and I bet the polls looked real bad. They probably feel it’s hurting them now so better to clear the deck for the elections.

    Comment by Sennacherib — August 30, 2017 @ 10:16 am - August 30, 2017

  10. So, does this mean the Democrat Party is going to start cracking down on its violent left wing.

    It’s very obvious what next year will be like. The worst footage from protest demonstrations will be put on display in campaign advertising and all the claims that Democratic pundits and authors have made claiming America is festooned with 64 million gas-chamber-murdering Nazis. Everyone who voted for Donald Trump is a Nazi. They’re all Nazis. Every fucking last one of them is a Nazi.

    The Republican platform is simple. They are going to remind everyone that leftist protestors and pundits alike cast the specter of Nazism to vast oceans of voters and they have the video footage the screenshots and the writings to validate it. They are going to remind their core base and Trump’s voter base what the rhetoric was, that leftists living in cities think all of America between the outskirts of Philadelphia to the city limits of San Francisco is a vast ocean of Nazis.

    Even though the Democrat Party will get a lot of assistance from the Democrat Media Complex in pretending that they never supported the violent left, the Republican Party will have little trouble coming up with video and articles to show otherwise.

    Comment by V the K — August 30, 2017 @ 10:35 am - August 30, 2017

  11. In other news Rep. Pelosi’s nose has gotten inexplicably longer.

    Comment by Sennacherib — August 30, 2017 @ 10:42 am - August 30, 2017

  12. From SPLC :

    “More than 1,500 Confederate monuments stand in communities like Charlottesville with the potential to unleash more turmoil and bloodshed.”

    Now, what kind of an “hate hating” organization make such a statement? Answer : a racist one.

    This is interesting – the Board :
    https://www.splcenter.org/about/board

    Notice anything? haha, what a bunch of self righteous hypocrites.

    Comment by TnnsNe1 — August 30, 2017 @ 10:58 am - August 30, 2017

  13. Sean L. (#3): WE can say that, and know it, but we have a bad a habit of wanting to apply logic.

    Heliotrope (#7): I thought this was the law in Virginia, but I had no idea where to look. Thank you.

    Sennacherib (#10): nice!

    Maybe she realized that some property of her or husband were in danger with the potential (probable) future rioting.

    Comment by TheQuietMan — August 30, 2017 @ 11:04 am - August 30, 2017

  14. QuietMan,
    Another scientific mystery.

    Comment by Sennacherib — August 30, 2017 @ 11:08 am - August 30, 2017

  15. War is Peace / Freedom is Slavery / Ignorance is Strength. AntiFa is Fa.

    Comment by Ignatius — August 30, 2017 @ 11:12 am - August 30, 2017

  16. AntiFA : Anti First Amendment.

    Comment by Cyril — August 30, 2017 @ 11:21 am - August 30, 2017

  17. I’m sure Pelosi’s move is calculated as antifa does not poll well.

    Scott adams recently pointed out that in a persuasive protest, you 1) show face, 2) have a focused message, 3) stay non-violent. Antifa does them all wrong, meaning they’re unpersuasive.

    So, time to throw them overboard. That it’s also the right thing morally, is probably sheer coincidence. Still, I’ll take it. At least Pelosi can read polls, and at least she understands what the right position would be if she had a conscience.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 30, 2017 @ 11:25 am - August 30, 2017

  18. Hanover got it right. Pelosi and the others want to be on the books as having condemned Antifa what with those pesky elections coming up…

    I went to the WH site to look at the petitions. I have to say it seems that conservatives are kind of slow in signing these things. I would have thought the Antifa as a terrorist group would have been a no brainer but it only has 330+K signatures and I would have thought it would be in the millions. The one demanding Trump turn over all his financial records for review had 1.1 million. There are a few others up there that I would expect to have gotten lots of signature but they don’t seem to be attracting a lot of attention (this goes for a few of the left progressive ones as well). This is kind of a shame because this is the sort of thing that can give a President confidence in going forward on some issues and the media, or at least some of the media report on them. It could also serve as team building for conservatives widely scattered throughout the country.

    In any event, I hope that some reporter has the guts (or a big enough trust fund) to ask Pelosi why it took her so long to condemn this group when it seems to be obvious to even the most casual observer that they are a violent, anti free speech and lawless organisation.

    Comment by scr_north — August 30, 2017 @ 11:34 am - August 30, 2017

  19. Monuments and statues are inanimate objects, with no potential to unleash anything.

    It is not about the statues. It is about professional activists, community organizers, and ambulance-chasing lawyers, all of whom need a controversial issue to justify their sinecures. It is about militant, misandrist, third wave feminists who wanted a token female president, and who hate Trump because he does not have a vagina.

    It is about the MSM and Big Hollywood who are angry because the 2016 election proved that they are not as influential as they think they should be. It is about limousine liberals and country club conservatives who fear that common sense, reasonable immigration reform will cut off their supply of cheap labor.

    It is about able-bodied, young adult welfare recipients who don’t want to trade in their free cell phones for alarm clocks.

    It is about spoiled brats throwing a tantrum.

    Comment by Tom — August 30, 2017 @ 11:51 am - August 30, 2017

  20. War is peace, slavery is freedom, ignorance is strength, and the Sturmabteilung is anti-fascist.

    Comment by Tom — August 30, 2017 @ 11:54 am - August 30, 2017

  21. Tom – Yes. I think it’s also about criminal gangs and criminal money being woven into the fabric of our Establishment. That Trump and Sessions would want to control the border and shut down gangs and reduce the trafficking of both people and drugs, is a great threat to some people’s laundered campaign contributions.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 30, 2017 @ 12:12 pm - August 30, 2017

  22. So just to check: guns spontaneously fire bullets, trucks drive themselves into Christmas bazaars, and statues threaten violence. Are we living in the world of Maximum Overdrive or something?

    Comment by Sean L — August 30, 2017 @ 12:14 pm - August 30, 2017

  23. Gang, be sure to catch the Updates.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 30, 2017 @ 1:48 pm - August 30, 2017

  24. I have to say it seems that conservatives are kind of slow in signing these things.

    The whole ‘We The People’ petition thing was a publicity stunt by the Obama Administration to further show how cool President Boyfriend was and how deeply he cared about what the American public thought—as long as they agreed with him. I find it interesting, but admirable, that the Trump Administration has continued the feature.

    Still, when I first (and last) visited it a couple of years ago, I found the “signing” requirements a bit onerous. You need to set up an account, much like registering for any other service, and that in itself is time-consuming. While the reasons for this may be quite valid, it’s far more than I would have to do to sign a legal petition in my state or most states in order to initiate a ballot issue. I can certainly understand why conservatives who have real jobs and real lives (unlike basement-dwelling Antifa and others) might not take the time to do what signing the petition requires.

    Comment by RSG — August 30, 2017 @ 7:17 pm - August 30, 2017

  25. @17 “…as antifa doesn’t poll well.” I don’t know about that they seem to get a pretty favorable rating from our politicians.

    Comment by salg — August 30, 2017 @ 9:16 pm - August 30, 2017

  26. do you think that video would ever get shown by the democrat party-media complex?

    Comment by salg — August 30, 2017 @ 9:20 pm - August 30, 2017

  27. It’s a strictly tactical move by Pelosi, Arreguin, and other Democrats: they’re not adopting a new principle based on any newfound commitment to allowing the right to speak freely.

    Rather, they see that Antifa is creating a cognitive dissonance with The Narrative that they can no longer bury, and they’ve judged that the liabilities of Antifa’s violence is starting to outweigh the benefits of the Antifa’s being the agents to suppress the right.

    That is, if you read their statements, they’ve decided for the moment that Antifa is helping the right more than hurting them, and that’s the unforgivable sin.

    Comment by civil truth — August 30, 2017 @ 10:12 pm - August 30, 2017

  28. I don’t believe Pelosi but I have to hand it to her – she’s far better at politics than Ryan, et. al.

    The GOP isn’t the Stupid Party for nothing.

    As for other Dems (at least the not-deranged ones), they may see antifa as electoral doom and/or a faction that will turn on them with little provocation.

    Aside from Sheila Jackson Lee, most Dems have to face voters sooner or later than think antifa is evil and dangerous. It’s tough to pander to the normies and antifa at the same time.

    Comment by KCRob — August 30, 2017 @ 10:15 pm - August 30, 2017

  29. Ace floated a theory that the Democrats were counting on the media to whitewash Antifa; hence the sympathetic profiles on CNN and WaPo, and the comments from journalists comparing them to Allied soldiers of WWII.

    But the public didn’t buy it. Despite the PR push and the media embargo on reporting leftist violent, it was still getting through to the public through social and alternative media. So, they had to switch to plan B and try and distance themselves.

    Comment by V the K — August 30, 2017 @ 10:42 pm - August 30, 2017

  30. @29

    And guess “who” else has been distancing themselves from whom…

    Antifa and BLM breakup? Or a fat finger in the anti-american coordination department of Soros staff?

    https://medium.com/@et.lux.veritatis/antifa-attacks-blm-at-dallas-e5aa40c282ac

    Aww.

    Comment by Cyril — August 31, 2017 @ 3:12 am - August 31, 2017

  31. Watching the left starting to eat their own — given enough time.

    Always an enjoyable treat.

    Comment by Cyril — August 31, 2017 @ 3:15 am - August 31, 2017

  32. But the public didn’t buy it.

    Not enough Oxycontin in the water, I guess?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 31, 2017 @ 3:43 pm - August 31, 2017

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