by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline:
Despite allowing himself to be pressured into making a follow-up statement regarding the events that occurred in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend, President Trump's initial statement was spot on and should have been left alone, condemning the violence on "many, many sides," because the Confederate Monument controversy is simply the latest "justification" on the part of the increasingly violent left, which started well before Donald Trump even announced his plans to run for President.
THE SECOND CIVIL WAR IN AMERICA STARTED LONG AGO
The link above is to an Atlantic article titled "The Rise Of The Violent Left" which is a good read and explains much of the escalation we have been seeing in Antifa driven riots and violence Americans have been subjected to since President Trump was elected, but a good summary of events, provided by Ben Domenech over at The Federalist, adds much-needed context as examples of leftists protests that have turned violent over the past eight years are documented.
Oakland 2009, Akron 2009, Pittsburgh 2009, Santa Cruz 2010, Oakland 2010, Los Angeles 2010, Oakland 2011, Chicago 2012, Anaheim 2012, Brooklyn 2013, Ferguson 2014, New York City 2014, Baltimore 2015, Anaheim 2016, Chicago 2016, St Paul 2016, Milwaukee 2016, Charlotte 2016, Standing Rock 2016, Oakland 2016, Portland 2016, Washington DC 2017, Berkeley 2017, Anaheim 2017, Berkeley (again) 2017, Berkeley (again again) 2017, Olympia 2017, and Portland 2017. This is a list of overwhelmingly leftist protests.
Adding even more context, we note the multiple "free speech" rallies that stayed largely peaceful until Antifa showed up, with the deliberate intent of causing violence, so that the media could say it was a "violent free speech rally" rather than outside agitatorscrashing a peaceful event.
An example: The April 15, 2017 Patriots Day Free Speech rally hosted by The Liberty Revival Alliance, an event scheduled ahead of time, and Antifa groups started telling its members that it was really a Nazi rally, asking for members to join in to show up and "shut it down."
Once Antifa showed up, all hell broke loose, exactly as they planned. They weren't there to "defend their communities" as their signssaid, because the free speech rally participants were not in any way being disruptive or violent, until they were attacked by Antifa.
Now lets look at Charlottesville, VA, where a rally to protest the removal of confederate monuments was scheduled, with organizers obtaining the permits to hold their rally, and once again Antifa type groups decided to "counter-protest," which is fine, except they deliberately planned, once again, to cause chaos and violence, which resulted in the death of a woman and injuries to dozens of others.
I have reported this but lets make it clear how we can make that assertion: The governor of Virginia himself, warned the day before the rally was to take place that people should "stay away from Charlottesville" because "extremist groups, many of which are located outside of Virginia, who may seek to commit acts of violence against rally participants or law enforcement officials."
Make no mistake, we are not defending the man that allegedly rammed his car into a crowd of people, killing a woman, and if investigations show he did so deliberately and not a tragic accident in an attempt to escape harm himself, then he should be held fully accountable for his actions, but the media, the violent left and their enablers, want to rewrite history, by ignoring the fact that authorities knew Antifa groups were coming to attack police and rally participants.
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