By Jack T.
On Saturday, April 15, Berkeley, California was a war zone. Hundreds of Trump supporters, decked out in MAGA hats, American flags, Trump t-shirts, and Trump costumes, gathered in the city in support of the president. It didn’t take long for antifa (Anti-Fascist Action) to arrive covered head to toe in black shirts, black pants, and black bandannas. They approached the rally of Trump supporters ready to cause trouble.
Tim Pool live streamed the event. Fist fights quickly started between the two sides. As things escalated, antifa threw M-80s, as well as rocks, pepsi cans and even bagels, into the crowd of Trump supporters. However unlike the February 1st antifa riot over Milo’s visit to Berkeley, Trump supporters were ready to defend themselves.
During the face off between the two crowds, antifa kept attempting to grab and drag Trump supporters to the back of their side and beat them. When Trump supporters saw this they rushed the antifas and beat them back. It was the first time antifa did not outnumber their opponents and they were clearly unprepared for a fair fight. After suffering many beatings, antifa set off a smoke bomb to slow the Trump supporters’ momentum. Hilariously antifa did this while the wind was blowing in their direction. Blinded by smoke and humiliated, antifa frantically retreated. Rattled and disorganized, they retreated down two different streets, which split their numbers in two.
The Trump supporters seized the initiative and chased down the antifa. These left wing terrorists, many of whom committed attempted murder with M80s and trying to suffocate people with plastic bags, were not going to get away from Trump supporters who had clearly had enough.
If you can’t tell already, antifa uses violence and intimidation to further their anti-fascism political agenda. They are by definition, terrorists. They use slogans like “punch a Nazi” and “bash the fash” to advocate for violence against “Nazis.” I put Nazis in quote there for a reason. Why? Because, antifa’s definition of a Nazi is any Trump supporter. They call Trump supporters nazis in order to justify violence against them. This behavior is obviously unacceptable. Violence on any side is wrong, and I fully condemn it.
I also fully condemn antifa’s labeling of all Trump supporters as nazis, since that is obviously not the case. Just about all Trump supporters are average Americans. Actual nazis (or neo-nazis) make up an extremely small percentage of the population. It would simply be mathematically impossible for all Trump supporters to be Nazis.
Thanks to antifa’s trademark violent behavior, Berkley was turned into a warzone. There is no better way to describe it. Because of incidents like Berkeley, I am deeply concerned that antifa is growing in numbers, influence, and damage. This isn’t the first time they have caused trouble, and it won’t be the last.
Specifically, what concerns me the most is that antifa is spreading locally into the Centre County area. Recently, multiple sightings of antifa markings have been found in the area. Multiple people found an antifa sticker near a traffic light downtown and antifa recruitment posters in buildings on campus (see pictures aboves). These posters attracted the attention of radical-leftists inducing the President of the Young Democratic Socialists at Penn State. He tweeted out a picture of one of the antifa poster saying “Seeing this in Willard made my night. @CentralPAAntifa and @YDS_PSU need to team up.”
Jesse isn’t the only person that has shown support or approval of antifa. Jason Crane, the main organizer of many of the anti-Trump protests at the Allen Street Gates, has also tweeted out in support of antifa. Not only has he tweeted pictures of antifa stickers, but he has also tweeted “join the fun!” above a link to a Mother Jones article titled “The long history of ‘Nazi punching’ and the return of ‘antifas.” He also said in another tweet that “Richard Spencer being punched in the face is a cool minty breeze in my heart. #antifa #PunchNazis.”
While these may seem like a few small examples of antifa activity, the organization is trying to grow in Centre County, and they are specifically targeting the college campuses like Penn State.
I don’t want downtown Penn State to become the next Berkeley. I don’t want the Battle of Penn State to be the sequel to the Battle of Berkeley. I don’t want a terrorist organization to hurt Trump supporters because they think they’re Nazis.
I want to educate people on what antifa is: a violent, left-wing terrorist organization. There is nothing wrong with expressing left-wing (or right-wing) points of view. There is something very wrong with hitting someone over the head with a skateboard just because they have a different opinion than yours. Just because they have a different opinion, that doesn’t make the Nazis. That doesn’t make them fascists.
I encourage everyone reading this article to stay away from and shame antifa; don’t hit people with sticks because they’re wearing a red baseball cap that reads “Make America Great Again.” Listen to other people’s opinions and engage in a civil debate. Then, maybe, just maybe, if we listen to each other a little more the political violence in Berkeley will be the worst the country sees.
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