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Antifa thugs deface, try toppling what they take for Confederate statue—except it’s a Peace Monument

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:56

Antifa — the left-wing band of mask-wearing thugs whose calling card is beating up and tossing urine and feces at detractors — has struck again.

Black-clad members of the militant group, their faces hidden by bandanas, climbed atop an Atlanta statue Sunday night — right on the heels of deadly demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia — proceeded to spray it with red paint and then attempted to tear it down using a chain.

Image source: WXIA-TV video screenshot

Antifa apparently took the statue in Piedmont Park for a Confederate memorial, several of which have come down on the heels of Charlottesville violence over a Gen. Robert E. Lee statue there.

Except the statue that Antifa members were trying to topple isn’t a Confederate statue.

Featuring an angel standing above a Confederate soldier, urging him to lay down his weapon, the sculpture is known as Peace Monument.

Image source: WXIA-TV video screenshot

Still several protesters chanted, “Tear it down. Tear it down,” WXIA-TV reported, adding that many in the crowd dispersed seeing the statue being defaced, apparently wanting no part of property destruction.

Image source: WXIA-TV video screenshot

Atlanta author Goldie Taylor reminded folks on social media Sunday night what the statue stands for:

The Peace Monument is NOT a Confederate memorial. It was erected to honor those who worked to reunify the country after Reconstruction. https://t.co/vX7sERAB8S

— G O L D I E. (@goldietaylor) August 14, 2017

But just as the fun was revving into a higher gear, Atlanta Police Maj. Timothy Peek arrived and stood in front of the monument, police told WXIA, adding that demonstrators at that moment released the chain.

Atlanta Police Maj. Timothy Peek (Image source: WXIA-TV video screenshot)

Peek then spoke to the crowd and persuaded them to do no further damage to the statue, police told the station in a statement.

Antifa protesters nevertheless surrounded Peek and shouted “pig,” the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. But Black Lives Matter protesters put themselves between the officer and the Antifa members, which seemed to quell tensions, the paper said.

A protester was hurt by metal falling from the structure during the attempted tearing down, the paper added.

Image source: WXIA-TV video screenshot

More from WXIA:

The statue was commissioned in 1911 to symbolize efforts of reconciliation between the North and South after the Civil War. According to the state of Georgia, the monument was funded by the Old Guard Battalion of the Gate City Guard, which traces it heritage to 1854 when a group of private citizens formed a private militia to help the city keep law and order.

Police said in its Monday statement that they weren’t able to identify the culprits, who would face charges of criminal trespass, criminal damage to property or destruction of property.

Oh, and the olive branch the angel was holding? WXIA reported that it’s now broken.

Image source: WXIA-TV video screenshot

One man told WXIA that what happened to the Peace Monument is symbolic of what’s happening around the country — that while it represents peace, “it doesn’t seem like people want peace, like people are really against that.”

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Watch: CNN commentator calls for the removal of Washington and Jefferson statues

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:41

Angela Rye, CNN political commentator and former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus, told CNN’s Kate Bolduan on Thursday that she believes statues and monuments of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson also need to be removed in addition to the Confederate monuments.

Rye explained that American history was taught incorrectly and celebrated only the “glories” of the country’s past but glossed over issues of slavery and racism, hence the negative reactions to Confederate monuments.

“George Washington was a slave owner, and we need to call slave owners out for what they are, whether we think they were protecting American freedom or not,” Rye said. “He wasn’t protecting my freedom. My ancestors weren’t deemed human beings to him.

“So to me, I don’t care if it’s a George Washington statue or a Thomas Jefferson statue or a Robert E. Lee statue. They all need to come down,” she said.

Rye explained that Americans need to be re-educated and said it’s for the betterment of America’s future to avoid repeating history — and as she added, “We are very close to repeating it right now.”

Later in the discussion, Rye said, “Sometimes what it is is not acknowledging that this country was built upon a very violent past that resulted in death, and the raping, and the killing of my ancestors.”

“I’m not going to allow us to say it’s OK for a Robert E. Lee but not a George Washington [statue],” Rye said. “We need to call it what it is.”

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Actress: ACLU “the NRA of free speech”

HotAir - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:21

It wishes. The ACLU came under attack over the last twenty-four hours from two sources that normally offers unqualified support for their cause. From Hollywood, actress and activist Aunjanue Ellis (Men of Honor, Ray) declared that the ACLU had become “the NRA of free speech” for its support of First Amendment rights even for extremists. Its defense of such for neo-Nazis, Ellis writes at HuffPost, has caused her to rethink her support for the civil-rights organization:

Like the NRA with the Second Amendment, the ACLU exploits the anachronistic nature of the First Amendment, it cedes to its of lack of foresight, and it demurs to the primacy of white men in the constitution’s considerations: The framers did not foresee a world in which white men alone would have power or opportunity for speech. Like the NRA, it parrots sympathy for the victims of so called “hate speech” but this is all performative double speak: a ventriloquist chiding his dummy. It condemns violence and then lawsuit by lawsuit ensures that the perpetrators have open door access to carry out that violence. It sues cities who try to keep the Klan off its streets throwing “peaceable assembly” in their faces. Let this be the last day that we put “peaceable” and “KKK” in the same sentence. There is no such thing. It is a stars and bars unicorn. …

I donate to the ACLU because I believe its work to protect immigrants is vital. I don’t know if i will continue. Why would I give an organization money which facilitates terror? No amount of constitutional rectitude can make this right. The organization must acknowledge that we are living in 21st century America, one that looks more and more like speculative fiction with cataclysmic urgencies borne of a nation that has yet to square its reality with its constitutional myths.

Lee Rowland, free speech attorney for the ACLU has said “It is important to defend speech we hate because that means the First Amendment rises to the tide of us all.” Ms. Rowland, will the ACLU continue to hide behind milquetoast notions of “offense from hate speech” and persist in what seems to be an organizational project of defending speech that intimidates, that terrorizes?

Where does one start in parsing this nonsense? Let’s start with more recent history. If Ellis is suddenly disillusioned with the ACLU because of its support for neo-Nazis, it only reflects her own ignorance and youth. Ellis would have been nine years old when the ACLU went to court to allow neo-Nazis to organize a march through a mainly Jewish community in Skokie, Illinois, where survivors of the Holocaust lived. Granted, the ACLU lost members at the time over their defense of the white supremacists’ rights to peaceful assembly, but their position today is entirely consistent with their history. The HuffPost headline, After The ACLU Defends Nazis, I’m Rethinking My Support, neglects to mention that it’s been 39 years after that.

This wasn’t some esoteric court filing, either. It drew so much attention that the ACLU’s actions inspired a 1981 TV movie (“Skokie”) starring Danny Kaye, Carl Reiner, and Lee Strasberg, as well as books and continuing defenses of their work from the ACLU itself. As Casey Stengel once mansplained, “You can look it up” — and Ellis probably should have done that before sending money to the ACLU.

Next up is this bizarre statement:

The framers did not foresee a world in which white men alone would have power or opportunity for speech.

It’s unclear even in context whether this is what Ellis thinks, or what Ellis thinks the ACLU thinks. Either way, it’s nonsense; that was the world in which the framers of the Constitution lived, but that’s hardly the case now. Why? One key reason why it applies to more than just white men today is because the government could not stamp out dissenting views like abolitionism, and later the Civil Rights Movement. Free speech was a critical component of forcing America to grasp the indignity and injustice of Jim Crow and state-imposed and/or state-pressured segregation.

The people who fought and won those battles faced a whole lot more than just “speech that intimidates, that terrorizes.” Perhaps Ms. Ellis needs to reflect on just how powerful a tool free speech is, and why turning it over to the government to regulate is such a bad idea. Put simply: would she want Donald Trump in charge of deciding which speech is acceptable and which isn’t? If not, then she should rethink this critique of the ACLU.

The ACLU comes under attack in the op-ed pages of the New York Times as well. An attorney and former volunteer, K-Sue Park, argues that its absolutist defense of free speech is passé. What we need now is race-based free speech:

The question the organization should ask itself is: Could prioritizing First Amendment rights make the distribution of power in this country even more unequal and further silence the communities most burdened by histories of censorship?

This is a vital question because a well-funded machinery ready to harass journalists and academics has arisen in the space beyond First Amendment litigation. If you challenge hateful speech, gird yourself for death threats and for your family to be harassed.

This is an apples-to-oranges argument. Death threats are criminal acts, and harassment is actionable on at least a civil basis. Nor does this phenomenon exist in a single context either, as practically anyone who spends time in the political arena will testify.  There is no prior restraint on challenging hateful speech; in fact, there seems to be plenty of people doing just that now. We can thank the First Amendment for that free market of ideas.

That’s part of the problem for Park. She’s unhappy because some of the speech that she prefers doesn’t do terribly well in those markets, including a claim that college campuses are a hostile environment for leftist professors. (Ahem.) For this, Park blames … “right-wing free-speech hypocrisy”:

The danger that communities face because of their speech isn’t equal. The A.C.L.U.’s decision to offer legal support to a right-wing cause, then a left-wing cause, won’t make it so. Rather, it perpetuates a misguided theory that all radical views are equal. And it fuels right-wing free-speech hypocrisy. Perhaps most painful, it also redistributes some of the substantial funds the organization has received to fight white supremacy toward defending that cause.

This is nonsensical, especially from an attorney. The ACLU represents clients in court to protect the First Amendment. Do criminal attorneys who represent clients in trials “redistribute” their resources toward murder, rape, and child molestation by doing so? Is that what Park learned in law school? Or while volunteering at the ACLU?

I’m not a big overall fan of the ACLU, which usually leans pretty far to the left for their activist choices — which makes these attacks all the more ironic. I am a big fan of free speech, however, and on those issues they’ve largely been solid. They deserve better than this, perhaps even more so from their putative allies. Maybe they need to choose their friends more wisely.

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We’re putting in a speed lane for immigration hearings

HotAir - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:41

Can anything be done to chip away at the backlog of hearings for illegal aliens challenging their deportation? The Justice Department under Jeff Sessions seems to think so and they’ve already begun implementing some guidelines to move things along. This, of course, has opponents of immigration laws wringing their hands and complaining that a more efficient system equals less justice or something along those lines. Time Magazine picks up that tale this week.

As with many stories dealing with illegal aliens, they begin by selecting the case of a poster child, obviously designed to elicit sympathy for the little guy fighting the system. In this role they select Jonas De La Luz Jeronimo, an illegal alien living in North Carolina who has been in the country in violation of the law for ten years. They’re quick to point out that he’s not one of those “criminal illegals” you’re always hearing about. He’s only had four traffic tickets. He’s also managed to father a four year old daughter during his time here, and being a citizen, she would be able to remain in the country after he was deported.

This leads us to the situation where Jeronimo’s attorney attempted to get a continuance in the case, hoping for more time to find evidence that the daughter would suffer “exceptional and extremely unusual hardship” without her father being around, thereby giving him a shot at avoiding deportation. The judge shot down the request and Time is citing some new guidance from the Justice Department as a possible explanation.

Under new guidance from the Trump Administration, immigration lawyers may be scrambling with less preparation time more often. On July 31, the Justice Department issued a memorandum to all immigration judges in the United States urging them to grant fewer continuances. “The delays caused by granting multiple and lengthy continuances, when multiplied across the entire immigration court system, exacerbate already crowded immigration dockets,” the letter from Chief Immigration Judge MaryBeth Keller reads. “Immigration Judges should not routinely or automatically grant continuances absent a showing of good cause or a clear case law basis.”

While this is clearly being painted as yet another story of, “look how mean Donald Trump is to all of the illegals,” a very real problem is being addressed here, as even the report from Time admits. We currently have a backlog of more than half a million cases where illegal aliens are managing to tie up the system for up to two years before they are finally in front of a judge for a ruling (and generally deportation). It’s somewhat ironic that Time chose to focus on Jeronimo because his excuses to avoid the consequences of his violation of our immigration laws are thin at best. He’s in the middle of a custody battle with the child’s mother and doesn’t even get to see her. How much of an exceptionally unusual hardship is she going to be suffering if he’s sent back to Mexico? And this completely ignores the fact that any hardship she may suffer was brought about by her father, who knew that he was in the country illegally when he decided to procreate.

These new guidelines don’t sound like any sort of mandate to treat people unfairly. Exceptionally complicated cases will still be able to receive a continuance at the judge’s discretion. What the DoJ is seeking to do is curb the practice of making the granting of such requests essentially automatic in too many courtrooms, leading to these massive delays and backlogs. Some cases are surely on the clear-cut side, with repeat border jumpers who obviously need to be put on a bus. But they could go one step further and see whether or not we could get more judges assigned to handle this case load just as we’re adding more Border Patrol and ICE agents to locate the suspects initially.

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Al Gore To Trump: Resign

Townhall.com - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:30
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Poll: Strong majority opposes removing Confederate monuments

HotAir - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:01

There’s a reason Steve Bannon loves this issue.

“President Trump, by asking, ‘Where does this all end’ — Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln — connects with the American people about their history, culture and traditions,” he said.

“The race-identity politics of the left wants to say it’s all racist,” Mr. Bannon added. “Just give me more. Tear down more statues. Say the revolution is coming. I can’t get enough of it.”

He’s got a strong useful wedge here if he and Trump can keep opinions about removing monuments and opinions about the alt-right distinct. That was a missed opportunity on Saturday. Trump could have used his statement to attack the Nazis for tainting an otherwise defensible position — leaving Confederate memorials in place — by their association with it, making it that much easier for critics to dismiss the anti-removal view as a white-supremacist hobbyhorse. (Trump did a better job focusing on the statue debate without dragging the alt-right into it this morning. but the context of the last few days spoils the effort.) Fortunately for him, Democrats may bail him out by stupidly making statues their cause celebre instead of the president’s softballing of the “very fine people” marching alongside the swastika on Saturday.

New from YouGov:

Thirty percent at least somewhat approve of the decision to take the Lee statue down but 48 percent at least somewhat disapprove. Democrats can only manage 42 percent in favor, and even a large minority of blacks don’t much care what happens to the statue. Marist, meanwhile, conducted its own poll in which it asked not about the Lee statute in Charlottesville specifically but about Confederate monuments generally. Support for leaving the monuments alone was even stronger in this case:

The split among blacks this time was 44/40 — in favor of keeping the statues. On the one hand, the results of both polls are amazing coming so soon after the fracas in Charlottesville. If ever you’d expect to see a backlash to Confederate memorials, it’d be immediately after white nationalists had a torchlight parade around one and then held a rally at which one of their own ran over a bunch of protesters. But there’s no backlash. Even Trump’s hamhanded conflation of preserving the statues and the “very fine people” on his side of the issue last weekend in Virginia didn’t damage public opposition to removing the monuments.

On the other hand, note that neither poll tests for how intense people’s views are. Most who want to take a wrecking ball to memorials (or at least have them uprooted and moved) are, almost by definition, pretty passionate about their view. The same might not be true of people who want to leave them alone. There may be a great many “soft” statue supporters who’ll tolerate General Lee as part of the scenery because they don’t care a whole lot either way and would prefer to let old disputes lie. If that’s true then the anti-statue faction may meet less resistance than you might expect from these numbers. (It’s almost certainly true within the Democratic Party, I’d bet.) Needless to say, geography matters too. If the pro-statue faction is spread out across the north and west of the U.S. while the anti-statue faction is stronger in the south where most of the memorials actually are, local tastes may dictate removal more often than you’d imagine after seeing these results.

These are moving targets, though. The more neo-Nazis assert themselves publicly to become the face of preserving the statues, the more they’ll polarize opinion. One incident in Charlottesville didn’t do it but the pressure will rise if and when these incidents accumulate. The same goes for indiscriminate idol-smashing on the left, like wanting to strip George Washington’s name off of public parks. “You cannot be against General Lee and be for General Washington, there literally is no difference between the two men,” read an email forwarded yesterday by Trump’s lawyer, John Dowd. That’s stupid and untrue, and an insult to Washington, but as I said last night, the more the left tries to make Lee a package deal with Washington, the more fencesitters will decide that they’ll accept that package as the price of protecting the Founder’s legacy.

In lieu of an exit question, read Kevin Williamson on the case for leaving the monuments alone. “[T]he conquering North indulged Southern jealousy of Southern honor for a pretty good reason: the desire for peace,” he notes. Most still oppose removing the monuments today for the same reason, I suspect. Given a choice between “refighting” the Civil War and leaving the local landscape as-is, inertia wins.

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Sen. Bob Corker (R) lets loose on Trump: ‘There needs to be radical changes … at the White House’

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:00

Republican Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.) said  Thursday that President Donald Trump has not yet shown that he has what it takes to be a successful leader of the nation.

Talking to reporters in Chattanooga, Tennessee, during a stop at a local rotary club meeting, Corker blasted Trump across the board, from his lack of competence to his handling of the recent Charlottesville protests.

“The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful,” said Corker, who serves as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“He also recently has not demonstrated that he understands the character of this nation. He has not demonstrated that he understands what has made this nation great and what it is today,” Corker said.  “And he’s got to demonstrate the characteristics of a president who understands that. And without the things that I just mentioned happening, our nation is going to go through great peril.”

Corker said he believes Trump needs to set aside trivial issues and focus on the country.

“We’re at a point where there needs to be radical changes taking place at the White House itself. It has to happen,” he said.  “I think the president needs to take stock of the role he plays in our nation and move beyond himself — move way beyond himself and move to a place where daily, he’s waking up thinking about what is best for our nation.”

When pressed on his call for radical changes to happen, and whether he meant changes to the White House staff or the attitude of the president himself, Corker simply answered, “I just … there needs to be a different approach.”

Corker was also asked about Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who was recently attacked by Trump on Twitter. He strongly defended Flake, calling him “one of the finest human beings” he had ever met.

As the subject turned to the recent violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, Corker had even more harsh criticisms of Trump.

“I don’t think that the president has appropriately spoken to the nation on this issue,” he said. “I think that sometimes he gets in a situation where he doubles down to try to prove … make a wrong a right. I think he’s done that in this case, and I would ask that he take stock of who he is as president of all the people in this nation, and that he condemn all those things that are separating us.”

When reporters asked Corker to comment on Trump’s controversial chief strategist Steve Bannon and whether he should continue to play a role in the White House administration, Corker simply responded, “I don’t get into personalities.”

Shortly after Trump’s victory in November, Corker had been speculated to be on Trump’s list of candidates for secretary of state.


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Steve Bannon undermines Trump’s North Korea rhetoric

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:45

With his employment status in the Trump administration tenuous at best, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon cut loose in an interview with The American Prospect on Tuesday on North Korea, white nationalists, and trade with China, sometimes contradicting the president.

Bannon called editor Robert Kuttner apparently eager to get some things off his chest about the hot topics surrounding the administration. He appeared to contradict President Donald Trump on North Korea, downplaying the possibility of military force after Trump threatened the communist nation with “fire and fury.”

“There’s no military solution [to North Korea’s nuclear threats], forget it,” Bannon said. “Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.”

Bannon’s take on the North Korea situation is in direct conflict with Trump’s insistence that further aggressive actions by North Korea would be met with military force by the United States.

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Trump said Aug. 8 during a meeting on opioids from his golf club in New Jersey. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen … he has been very threatening beyond a normal state. They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”

In the conversation, Bannon also emphasized the need to focus on winning the economic war against China and that the administration should not soften up on Chinese trade practices hoping for more assistance with North Korea.

“We’re at economic war with China,” Bannon said. “It’s in all their literature. They’re not shy about saying what they’re doing. One of us is going to be a hegemon in 25 or 30 years and it’s gonna be them if we go down this path. On Korea, they’re just tapping us along. It’s just a sideshow.”

Bannon detailed his intention to fire employees at the State Department, including Susan Thornton, the head of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, in order to advance his China policies.

When asked about the recent surge in white nationalist activism that culminated in the Charlottesville protests, Bannon dismissed the far-right activists as “clowns,” “losers” and “fringe elements” while re-emphasizing his focus on economic nationalism. Bannon was the driving force behind Breitbart’s strategy to stir up the far-right and use that base to help get Trump elected.

“The Democrats, the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em,” Bannon said. “I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”

Bannon is reportedly facing an uncertain future in the White House, with Trump giving a tepid “we’ll see” in response to questions about Bannon’s job security earlier this week.

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Today’s hot topics: Icelandic eugenics, terror in Spain, monumental debates, and more!

HotAir - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:31

Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), we have another great lineup for the news of the day! The show will be streamed on Hot Air’s Facebook page and embedded here and on the show page for those who are not on Facebook. (If it’s muted, right-click the video and choose Unmute.)

Join us as we welcome:

  • Duane “Generalissimo” Patterson brings us up to date on the week’s top stories and gives us a preview of tomorrow’s Hugh Hewitt show.
  • Did CBS News celebrate Iceland’s Down Syndrome-free status? Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, joins us to discuss the disturbing eugenics implications of Iceland’s targeted abortion policy.
  • Should we tear down Confederate monuments, defend them, or just let communities make up their own minds? Ben Shapiro joins us for the first time to discuss this and more.

The Ed Morrissey Show and its dynamic chatroom can be seen on the permanent TEMS page. Be sure to join us, and don’t forget to keep up with the debate on my Facebook page, too!

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Chomsky: Antifa is a ‘major gift to the right’

HotAir - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:21

The Washington Examiner spoke with Noam Chomsky, the far left MIT professor, about the anarchist protest group Antifa. Chomsky’s view of the group was not what you would call a ringing endorsement:

“As for Antifa, it’s a minuscule fringe of the Left, just as its predecessors were,” Noam Chomsky told the Washington Examiner. “It’s a major gift to the Right, including the militant Right, who are exuberant.”…

Chomsky said, “what they do is often wrong in principle – like blocking talks – and [the movement] is generally self-destructive.”

“When confrontation shifts to the arena of violence, it’s the toughest and most brutal who win – and we know who that is,” said Chomsky, a professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “That’s quite apart from the opportunity costs – the loss of the opportunity for education, organizing, and serious and constructive activism.”

To his credit, Chomsky is against blocking other people’s speech. Apparently, that’s one reason he’s not too fond of the group.

As for it being a minuscule fringe, that’s true but it’s also true of the Nazis and white nationalists Antifa is opposing. Last Saturday’s white nationalist/Nazi march in Charlottesville was the largest national gathering of its kind in decades. But the number of people involved was in the hundreds, maybe up to 1,000 or a little over. In a country of 300 million people, that’s not a very significant number. It’s a tiny fringe.

As for the most brutal winning, I’m sure Chomsky means to say that the right will win because it is willing to be more violent. But that’s not always the case. When a few dozen members of a racist group announced a march in Sacramento last year, as many as 300 anti-fascists showed up. The result was a violent riot in which numerous people were stabbed and sent to the hospital. Most of the stabbers were never identified by police because they were wearing masks. Sometimes, the largest and most violent group turns out to be Antifa.

This year we’ve seen the rise of a new Antifa group called Redneck Revolt. The group claims to have chapters in 30 regions and was present in Charlottesville last Saturday. Here’s a report from anarchist website It’s Going Down on their involvement:

At many points during the day, groups of white supremacists approached Justice Park, but at each instance, Redneck Revolt members formed a unified skirmish line against them, and the white supremacists backed down. Most of the groups were not easily identified, but at separate points, contingents from Identity Europa and the Proud Boys were recognized. The groups that threatened the park yelled racial and homophobic slurs, and many yelled things specifically at the Redneck Revolt fire teams which indicated that they were familiar with our principles. Some of the groups that approached numbered as many as 40 people, but the security of Justice Park was never breached.

Antifa is definitely a fringe, but then so are white nationalists. As for which group is larger or more violent, that may depend on the day and the location.

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‘Fake news’: Politico caught putting words in Trump’s mouth, offers dumbfounding correction

The Blaze - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:20

A Politico transcript of President Donald Trump’s contentious news conference Tuesday — which focused on the deadly demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia — included a line that had Trump saying, “Okay, what about the alt-left that came charging at us — excuse me.”

That portion of the transcript appeared to give the impression that the Republican president was identifying with or placing himself in the ranks of the ‘alt-right’ and white supremacists who battled Antifa members over the weekend.

Except it sure doesn’t sound like Trump said “us.” At that point the audio became muffled, but it actually sounds he said “’em.” Check out this short clip:

The New York Times didn’t transcribe Trump as saying “us.” And Buzzfeed called out Politico for it.

Ian Miles Cheong, a Daily Caller writer, posted the Politico transcript as tweeted by Brian Klass. Cheong said the transcript seemed like “fake news”:

This seems like fake news. I don't think he ever says "at us." Listen to the clip yourself. pic.twitter.com/zdZNagpOrM

— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 15, 2017

After further review, Politico offered the following correction:

An earlier version of this transcript quoted Trump as saying, “Okay, what about the alt-left that came charging at us – excuse me.” In a review of the audio, we could not definitively discern Trump’s exact words at that moment in the news conference. The transcript has been updated to now read: “Okay, what about the alt-left that came charging at [indiscernible] — excuse me.”

If Politico means they “could not definitively discern Trump’s exact words at that moment” through a review of the audio, one wonders why “us” was used in the first place. You know, seeing as they couldn’t quite hear it just right.

The correction may be too little too late, as false reports of Trump apparently aligning himself with the ‘alt-right’ quickly spread.

A few commenters on Politico’s original transcript seemed pretty charged up about it:

Image source: Politico screenshot Image source: Politico screenshot

(H/T: Young Conservatives)

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Screen Addiction: On the Brink of a Smartphone Health Crisis

Real Clear Politics - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:06
Brian Blum, JP
While Twenge writes mainly about teenagers, a survey by Common Sense Media found that it's not teens spending the most time in front of screens â?? it's their parents.
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Why I Quit Trump's Business Council

Real Clear Politics - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:06
Richard Trumka, New York Times
He has no intention of following through on his promises to workers. And his words and actions may leave the country worse off.
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Bill Kristol Was My Boss and a Friend. What Happened?

Real Clear Politics - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:06
Tucker Carlson, FOX News
Last night the top of the show, we addressed the removal of civil war monuments from public places around the country. We made the point that the sudden outrage over confederate icons isn't entirely about slavery horrifying as slavery is. It's also part of a larger effort on the left to discredit the founders of this country and the beliefs they enshrined in law. Once you believe that any figure in history who once owned slaves is inherently illegitimate and should be erased, it's hard to take our founding documents very seriously
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Dems Need New Message to Attract Moderate Voters

Real Clear Politics - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:06
Salena Zito, Philly Inquirer
The Democratic Party has suffered broadly in the middle of the country in the last few years, largely on the back of its pull left under the presidency of Barack Obama.
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Trump's White Supremacist Economic Agenda

Real Clear Politics - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:06
Bryce Covert, The New Republic
You may be forgiven for forgetting that President Donald Trump on Tuesday held a press conference about his plans to rebuild American infrastructure. The presser became instantly notorious for his comments on a seemingly different topic, when he snarled that both sides were to blame for what had transpired in Charlottesville, Virginia, that past weekend, equating white supremacists with anti-racist activists. He also defended those who had gathered to protest the removal of a statue glorifying Robert E. Lee while chanting “Jews will not replace us,” claiming they were “fine...
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The Campaign of Defamation Against Trump Will Fail

Real Clear Politics - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:05
Conrad Black, Am. Greatness
Almost everything about the Charlottesville riot was disgraceful except the conduct of the president. The move to take down the statue of General Robert E. Lee was nonsense. Lee has few rivals as the greatest general in American history (Grant, Sherman, MacArthur, and Eisenhower
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Will the U.S. Succeed After Charlottesville Where Trump Failed?

Real Clear Politics - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:05
Nancy Gibbs, Time
'The divisions are now as physical as they are emotional and intellectual'
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A Warning From George Orwell on the 'Monument Wars'

Real Clear Politics - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:05
Seth Lipsky, New York Post
In the new Civil War, I'm with George â?? as in George Washington. It's one thing to start dismantling monuments of Civil War generals. It would be another to go after the most famous founding fatherâ?¦
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The Road to Radicalism in Charlottesville

Real Clear Politics - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:04
Julia Ioffe, The Atlantic
“Of course, it was terrorism,” said General H.R. McMaster on Sunday morning, the day after James Alex Fields, Jr. allegedly plowed his gray 2010 Dodge Challenger into a crowd of anti-white supremacist protestors, then reversed and, bumper dangling by a thread, hit still more people on the way back. When he was done, one person, 32-year-old Heather Heyer, was dead and 19 more were injured. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Monday that the attack was an act of “domestic terrorism” and that the Department of Justice was investigating him. Fields is being held...
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