While responding to an article at The Hill about a man who was arrested for discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school, CNN propagandist Chris Cuomo appeared to defend Antifa terrorists like the individual in the video whose homemade flamethrower seems to have been the reason for the incident.
As our own Dave Workman reported earlier Monday:
Nobody was hit — the bullet was apparently fired into the ground in the direction of another man who was holding what appears to have been a makeshift flamethrower — but the incident has the potential to underscore criticism from the left about carrying firearms to a demonstration.
The ACLU of Virginia had the video and provided copies to the FBI and Virginia State Police several days ago.
The Hill report on the incident prompted Cuomo to respond: “But antifa.”
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) August 28, 2017
This prompted a great deal of wrath online.
“Why are you completely incapable of condemning vi0lence regardless of where it comes from?” one person asked.
Others also wondered the same thing:
You can't condemn violence from both sides?
— LisaG (@LisaGann7) August 28, 2017
Another person asked if Cuomo ate paint chips as a child:
— Veritas Aequitas (@CitizenSnoops) August 28, 2017
A third critic posted a link to a Washington Post story that actually admits Antifa is violent:
— Tracey (@tsh219) August 28, 2017
One person sarcastically suggested to Cuomo that maybe people should just stand there and let themselves get burned by a flamethrower:
You know it is possible to condemn extremists on all sides right? No need for moral equivalence. Justice is blind, compare actions with law.
— Aaron (@AaronPesh) August 28, 2017
“Compare actions with law” sounds good, but unfortunately, we seem to live in a society where those who disagree with Pres. Trump turn a blind eye to Antifa violence. Sadly, that includes propagandists at so-called “mainstream media” outlets like CNN, which, by the way, was deemed the least-trusted name in network news according to the results of a survey published by the Washington Free Beacon in January.
One person suggested:
Chris, you should try being a journalist sometime. You might find it liberating.
— Ant Barclay (@KeithVerity) August 28, 2017
Good luck with that.
Your father would be ashamed of you for justifying violence
— Johndo (@billmonness) August 28, 2017
Perhaps. Another Twitter user suggested the entire incident was staged:
What about the guy he pointed the gun at spraying flames at people with a makeshift flamethrower? No condemnation for him?
— Hünter (@865Hunter) August 28, 2017
This is precisely what Trump meant when he said there was violence on both sides. In this case, it was an armed protester responding to a counter-protester equipped with a flamethrower.
The Hill — which also failed to observe or report the flamethrower — noted:
“From where they were standing, none was witness to the incident,” Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller told CNN in an email, referring to officers on the scene.
“Nor did they hear the single shot being fired because it was muffled by the loud volume of the crowd yelling and chanting, drums and music.”
“Had any one of our troopers witnessed that incident, they would have immediately acted just as they did for the other four arrests made during the weekend,” she added.
As Workman and others observed, there were others at the protest who were armed. As we reported here, some armed militia members were present, but did not take any sides in the confrontation.
Writing at the Gateway Pundit, Cristina Laila excoriated Cumo:
Why can’t Chris Cuomo bring himself to condemn all political violence? Why can’t he condemn Antifa? Because he doesn’t believe in free speech for Trump supporters. He also pushes the false narrative that Trump supporters are Nazi’s.
Worse yet, his network is now on record as calling all Trump voters “white supremacists by default.”
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