While Trump can’t catch a break condemning Charlottesville alt-right, media outlet praises alt-left

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Given the nature of their tactics, far-left groups like Antifa can best be described as “fascists against fascism.”

As Antifa constantly calls for violence, causes millions of dollars worth of property damage, wears black masks to hide their identities (something we only see from criminals and terrorists), and has been designated by New Jersey’s Department of Homeland Security as a terrorist organization, you’d think one would be hesitant to defend them.

But not for Yahoo! News, who in light of recent events in Charlottesville, set out to portray Antifa as the “good guys.”

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According to Breitbart:

Yahoo! reporter Caitlin Dickson penned a gushing paean Monday for the “secretive movement of combative leftists” who “seek to destroy” “authoritarian movements” with “direct action.” The piece even included a photo of a large group of smiling happy warriors, unarmed and fists raised in righteous indignation at the “white supremacists” they would confront.

According to Ms. Dickson, “[A]ntifa’s origins can be traced back to Europe in the 1920s and 30s. Since the end of World War II, antifa activity has ebbed and flowed along with that of neo-Nazis, skinheads and other hate movements that have sprung up around the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States.”

In fact, as the avowedly Marxist-socialist periodical Jacobin magazine explains in a much more honest, if not less enthusiastic, appraisal, Antifa, originally known in its native Germany as Antifaschistische Aktion, was founded as the militant wing of the German Communist Party. In the 1930s, it was known to be every bit as violent as its Nazi opponents. After World War Two, Antifa groups re-formed in Germany to collaborate with Soviet communists on subduing the country and rooting out its past to create a new socialist utopia. They were active in Communist-controlled East Germany until that country’s Stalinist leadership got fed up, broke the groups up, and sent many of their leaders to gulags.

Even putting aside Antifa’s prominent role in turning Saturday’s Unite the Right rally into a bloody slog, the Yahoo! piece willfully ignores decades of Antifa tactics and behavior to give this unashamedly violent group an endorsement as the defense against “bolder neo-Nazis.”

“They prefer direct action: They pressure venues to deny white supremacists space to meet,” Dickson writes, neglecting to mention that “direct action” to Antifa means smashing people in the face with bike locks, spraying elderly men with bear mace, sending reporters to the hospital when they film them, and then bragging about it online, all because people with different opinions than theirs are allowed to speak, or simply be, in public.

Now, portraying Antifa as the good guys in this situation — because they stand against white supremacists — makes about as much sense as saying that Al-Qaeda are the good guys because they’re also fighting ISIS. It’s like saying the Bloods are good because they fight the Crips.

Heck, it would make as much sense as the far-left communist crazies in Antifa claiming Nazis like Gregor Strasser are the good guys for claiming that “we are Socialists, enemies, mortal enemies of the present capitalist economic system with its exploitation of the economically weak, with its injustice in wages, with its immoral evaluation of individuals according to wealth and money instead of responsibility and achievement, and we are determined under all circumstances to abolish this system!”

Strasser, by the way, believed Hitler to be a socialist as well.

[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]

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