The House Minority Leader and the WaPo editorial board slammed the far-left group after Berkeley.
Following attacks on Trump supporters and journalists in Berkeley, California over the weekend, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and The Washington Post’s editorial board slammed the far-left group, Antifa.
Pelosi condemned the group directly by name in a statement. “The violent actions of people calling themselves antifa in Berkeley this weekend deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted.”
The House Minority Leader also blasted political violence “no matter the ideology of those who commit such acts.”
Meanwhile The Washington Post editorial board wrote that they were worried that Antifa violence discredited broader, more peaceful left-wing movements:
Rather, antifa’s true danger is twofold: First, its violence does obvious and unjustifiable harm, both to free speech and to people and property; second, it tends to discredit, through association, the far broader peaceful movement against racism and hate.
The Post’s editorial board said that the protesters against “racism and hate” need to win against the “ultra-right.” They also called for peaceful left-wing protesters to call for swift police action against Antifa, given the harm they bring to the movement.
Their piece concluded by taking a direct shot at Antifa’s name, saying instead the group should be called “Profa,” short for pro-fascist.
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