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Sessions: Antifa is “Orwellian-Named”

The attorney general also mocked UC Berkeley for providing ‘counseling’ to students ahead of a speech from Ben Shapiro.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions described far-left group Antifa as being “Orwellian-named” in a speech to Georgetown on Tuesday.

“The Orwellian-named antifascist protestors [have] successfully shut down numerous campus speaker events in recent months with violent riots,” Sessions said.

He pointed out that the University of California Berkeley had to spend over $600,000 to protect attendees of a speech by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro.

“In advance of this speech, [the school] offered counseling to any students or faculty whose sense of safety or belonging was threatened by a speech from Ben Shapiro,” Sessions said. The attorney general pointed out that Shapiro, who is Jewish, had been on the receiving end of innumerable anti-Semitic attacks.

“To my knowledge, no one fainted. No one was unsafe. No one needed counseling, I hope,” Sessions joked.