A small group of Trump supporters showed up in Berkeley, CA, to express their support for their guy. As was to be expected, a much larger group of ‘counter-protesters’ showed up. And with them came the ‘antifa.’
Police in riot gear fired a rubber bullet at one demonstrator who attempted to cross a barricade into the park, which was closed to the public. Some protesters set off purple smoke bombs.
Some anti-facists protesters, known as antifa, pounced when Joey Gibson, founder of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer, showed up with his crew. The protesters beat one man with a shield and another person wearing an American flag.
Some of the antifa protesters also threatened to break the cameras of anyone who filmed them, including journalists. One reporter tweeted that he had been pepper sprayed in one scuffle.
Moderate counter protesters were upset with the violence. “We need to get antifa out of here,” said Jack Harris, who helped break up a fight.
Andrew Noruk, who was wearing a T-shirt denouncing both the Republican and Democratic parties when two young women came up to him and started yelling at him.
“You’re a Nazi,” they shouted, leaving Noruk, who said he came out to protest Trump supporters, confused.
Noruk denounced the fights breaking out near the park, claiming antifa and black bloc anarchists have given Trump’s supporters exactly what they wanted: footage of violence perpetrated against the presidents supporters in a historically liberal city.
— Lizzie Johnson (@lizziejohnsonnn) August 27, 2017
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) August 27, 2017
— DANIEL GLENN (@REALDANIELGLENN) August 28, 2017
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) August 27, 2017
Just witnessed protesters attack a man and the mob surrounded him within seconds. pic.twitter.com/msqkNk8DaV
— Marcus Yam 文火 (@yamphoto) August 27, 2017
What you see in virtually all of the video coming out of Berkeley is not a clash between opposing groups of extremists. You are seeing a violent, Democrat sanctioned mob–the antifa–attacking unarmed people who happen to support the President of the United States.
I suppose if you are part of the “punch a Nazi” crowd, then this is all fun and games. If you want to draw a moral equivalence between organized mob violence and free speech you don’t like, there is nothing to see here. But as sure as day follows night, unless the feds decide to start treating this like the criminal conspiracy that it is, this is finally going to be settled with guns because those attacks you see here are all clear cases of self-defense in any concealed or Constitutional carry state.