CNN legal analyst says Trump’s criticisms of Antifa driven by its being a ‘black organization’?

CNN legal analyst says Trump’s criticisms of Antifa driven by its being a ‘black organization’?
Antifa mugshots (Image: Berkeley Police Department via The Lid)

Maybe Jeffrey Toobin is confusing their black desperado masks with their faces. That’s as good an explanation as any for why CNN’s resident legal analyst declared Monday night that the president’s fear of “violence” if the GOP loses the House is grounded in racism:

Let’s be clear also about what’s going on here: The theme here is ‘I’m Donald Trump and I’ll protect you from the scary black people.’ Antifa is widely perceived as an African-American organization and this is just part of the same story of LeBron James and Don Lemon and Maxine Waters and the NFL players and the UCLA basketball players.

This is about black versus white. This is about Donald Trump’s appeal to racism, and it just happens all the time and we never say it. We don’t say it enough for what it is, but that’s what’s going on here. [Emphasis added]

Trying to paint Trump as a racist is a good, if not truthful, strategy for Democrats going into the midterm. The president’s economic policies have been very good for blacks. Small business ownership among black Americans has risen 400% since Trump’s election, and the rate of black unemployment has fallen to 6.8%, Black support for the president has understandably been on the rise, thus cutting into the Democrats’ base.

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Yet, who in his right mind believes, as Toobin claims to, that Antifa is an African-American organization? A photo collage of mugshots of Antifa protesters taken by the Berkeley, Calif., police department appears at the top of this page. One of the faces shown is possibly black, though it tilts more toward Asian. But the bulk of the snapshots are decidedly not.

If you do a Google image search for Antifa, you will likewise notice the occasional black face in the crowd in some photos, but the vast majority of members are white.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."


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