Yesterday Charlottesville, Today Seattle, by John Hinderaker.
NBC describes Patriot Prayer as “alt-right,” a term I had never heard until the 2016 presidential campaign. I still have never met anyone who says he or she is “alt-right.” Maybe someday someone will explain what it is supposed to mean. Patriot Prayer’s leader is pro-Trump; maybe that is all it takes.
Police and protesters clashed during a right-wing rally and counter-demonstration in Seattle on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of serious injuries.
Seattle police said in a statement that three men were arrested on suspicion of obstruction and assault. Confiscated weapons included ax handles, 2-by-4s and balloons containing an “unknown liquid substance,” the statement said.
NBC doesn’t tell us who, exactly, got arrested and carried ax handles, 2-by-4s and an “unknown liquid substance,” but it was the “antifa” fascists. …
The fascists (or Communists, the difference isn’t worth arguing about, like the difference between the Crips and the Bloods) were responsible for all violence and all confrontations with the police. The leftists were trying to get past the Seattle police so they could attack the Patriot Prayer pro-free speech contingent. Unlike what happened in Charlottesville, the Seattle police kept the fascists at bay:
This is why I supported President Trump’s initial statements about the Charlottesville violence, and was disappointed when he yielded to liberal pressure and denounced only the white supremacists who planned the original Charlottesville demonstration. They deserve condemnation, to be sure, but they are just one source among several of political violence, and nowhere near the most important one. The vast majority of anti-democratic violence comes from the Left–“antifa,” Black Lives Matter, Democratic Party activists like James Hodgkinson, and so on. Those leftists are all getting a free pass, and President Trump seems to have given up on fighting them with his latest statement about Charlottesville.