With members of Antifa harassing members of the press while they marched in Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville, CNN host, Chris Cuomo, said when it comes to white supremacists and Antifa, “all punches are not equal morally.”
“The vast majority were peaceful, but peppered in the crowd were members of Antifa … they covered their faces, confronted police and berated journalists, and that was wrong,” Cuomo said.
He then said there has been a lot of “spin” and “whataboutism,” which he found sickening.
“You attack cops, you slap the media, you are in the wrong. Period,” he continued. “But, I argue to you tonight all punches are not equal morally.”
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— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) August 14, 2018
“When someone comes to call out bigots and it gets hot, even physical, are they equally wrong as the bigot they are fighting? I argue no,” he added.
“Drawing a moral equivalency between those espousing hate and those fighting it, because they both resort to violence, emboldens hate, legitimizes hateful belief,” Cuomo argued.
During the “Unite the Right 2” rally in Washington, D.C., members of Antifa chanted “F**k the pigs! Revolution has come, time to pick up a gun,” and tried to provoke the police by throwing eggs, water bottles, sticks, and setting off fireworks.
Antifa members also had a scuffle with the Secret Service when they tried to remove the barricades that were set up to prevent the rally goers from leaving Lafayette Park.
Secret Service trying to remove antifa blockades that was set up to stop #UniteTheRight2 rally goers.
Antifa is throwing items at the police. pic.twitter.com/MhEQ91DSNX
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) August 12, 2018
Even after the rally goers had left, Antifa stayed around the area and continued to provoke the police and members of the press.