CNN anchor Chris Cuomo defended the domestic terrorist group Antifa, claiming their “good cause” is not comparable to that of neo-Nazis or white nationalists.
In short, he made the argument that there are some “fine people” in a group known for perpetuating violent acts to push a radical-left political agenda.
The issue came to a head during an interview last Monday with Steve Cortes and Rob Astorino, the latter being a former gubernatorial opponent of Cuomo’s brother in New York.
Cortes kicked the discussion off by comparing the left-wing agitators to modern day “brown shirts,” prompting Cuomo to leap to their defense, saying:
You can talk about Antifa. I’ve watched them in streets protesting in different situations, OK? There are certainly aspects of them that are true to a cause, that is a good cause, they want social justice, they want whatever they want in that context.
The response from Astorino and Cortes was, as it should have been, swift. “Not Antifa,” Astorino responded. Cortes then unloaded:
Chris, Antifa is not a good cause. Antifa does not have good aims. Antifa wants political power taken through force. That’s what Antifa is all about. I mean, they are the inheritors of Nazis and brown shirts.
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— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 30, 2019
The entire argument was at its core a rehashing of the Charlottesville media hoax, spread by CNN and Chris Cuomo following President Trump’s comment in reaction to the ugly clash, which left one person dead. Ever since then, the media have pushed the false claim that Trump called neo-Nazis “fine people.”
According to newly released confidential documents, he Department of Homeland Security has been labeling Antifa as “domestic terrorists” as far back as 2016. Politico reports that “those reports appear to bolster Trump’s insistence that extremists on the left bore some blame for the clashes in Charlottesville.”
The Political Insider has covered the group’s violent actions extensively, including:
- A violent assault on a pair of Marine reservists of Mexican heritage.
- Throwing burning flares at police officers in an attempt to set them on fire.
- Knocking a 56-year old man unconscious and sending him to the hospital.
- Threatening to murder President Donald Trump, resulting in a Secret Service investigation.
- Assaulting a Bernie Sanders supporter for carrying an American flag.
- Harassing Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s wife and attacking his home.
That is just a short list of what Cuomo refers to as “a good cause” and “social justice.”
Cuomo tried to walk back his comments, claiming he wasn’t trying to excuse Antifa, which Cortes argued he sounded like he was. The CNN host responded by defending the group yet again, saying, “You don’t draw a moral equivalency between the neo-Nazis and the people there who fight against them.”
The more CNN changes…
Cross posted at the Mental Recession