One year ago, President Trump told the American people that there was “violence on both sides” during the Charlottesville riots. He spoke of the violence caused by neo-nazis and the violence by Antifa; his comments were not well received.
Those riots pitted neo-Nazis marching in the city against Antifa and other progressive groups. The fire was lit, and both sides committed acts of violence against each other. The riots left many injured, and one activist lost her life when a white supremacist drove his car into a crowd. Trump was attacked for the “both sides” comment and blamed in the wake of the violence.
The Daily Caller reported:
“Sunday afternoon, on the one year anniversary of the Charlottesville riots, progressives, anarchists, black bloc thugs gathered together as so-called ‘Antifa’ again to counter-protest a gathering of white supremacists in Washington, D.C. The leftist protesters far outnumbered the white supremacists, and masked members of the violent Antifa group could be seen everywhere.
“I decided to ask the protesters what they would do were they to meet president Trump. Specifically, I asked ‘If Donald Trump showed up here, what would you say or do?’ The answers I received stunned me. In my short time at the rally, approximately one hour, half a dozen protesters looked into my camera and threatened to physically harm or ‘murder the president.’
“Some said they wanted to ‘do him like Gaddafi’ in reference to the Libyan leader that was dragged into the street, beaten and murdered by his own people.”
Woman with a sign comparing herself to her WWII veteran grandfather. I asked her if she would ever consider joining the Army – like her grandfather. Her answer: “Hahah no way. I don’t like taking orders from fascists.”
Boggles the mind. pic.twitter.com/pimgRIOGGD
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) August 12, 2018
The actions are those of progressive protests around the country Sunday — where journalists were attacked, various properties were vandalized and cops were arresting progressive protesters by the dozen for violent behavior. There is violence on both sides.