Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich wants the national media to condemn antifa following the left-wing extremist movement’s assault on anti-Marxism marchers in Berkeley, California last weekend.
Police arrested 13 people following last weekend’s violence, which prompted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to condemn the violent left-wingers. “The violent actions of people calling themselves antifa in Berkeley this weekend deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted,” the California Democrat said in a statement.
Now, Gingrich wants the media to condemn antifa.
“This was a clear, coordinated offensive on innocent Americans exercising their rights to free speech, protest, and assembly. The victims of this attack were not advocating for hate, racism, or any other malign or violent philosophy. They were opposing communism – a political system which most Americans have opposed for decades,” Gingrich wrote in an op-ed for Fox News on Thursday.
“However, once again, members of the elite media have failed to condemn this violence – and instead have worked tirelessly to mute and downplay terror being committed by fellow liberals.”
Gingrich listed several examples of media coverage that he said whitewashed antifa’s violence, including NPR describing the attacks as “scattered violence” and HuffPost referring to it as “scuffles.”
“So, the elite national media’s take on the violence in Berkeley on Sunday was: Yes, violent liberals attacked a small group of conservative protestors – but it’s not really their fault,” Gingrich wrote.
“Prolonged silence about the Left’s violence is dangerous. It’s time for the national media to reflect and start condemning leftwing attacks just as vehemently as it does the brutality of Neo-Nazis, the KKK, and other hateful groups,” he concluded.
“Violence in all forms is wrong and must be harshly rebuked by all Americans.”