Host of CNN’s “Prime Time,” Chris Cuomo, tried to defend the violence perpetrated by Antifa Monday and said they have the moral high ground over those they are fighting.
“You attack cops, you slap the media you are in the wrong, period. But I argue to you tonight all punches are not equal morally,” Cuomo said. “In the eyes of the law, yes. But in the eyes of good and evil, here’s the argument.” (RELATED: CNN’s Chris Cuomo Calls The ‘Extreme Right’ The ‘Number One Domestic Threat’ In America)
“If you’re a punk who comes to start trouble in a mask and hurt people you’re not about any virtuous cause. You’re just somebody who’s going to be held to the standard of doing something wrong,” he continued. “But when someone comes to call out bigots and it gets hot, even physical, are they equally as wrong as the bigot they are fighting? I argue no.”
Cuomo said groups like Antifa that stand against bigots are on a different moral plane and then blamed President Donald Trump, for not criticizing white supremacists.
“Drawing a moral equivalency between those espousing hate and those fighting it because they both resort to violence emboldens hate, legitimizes hateful belief and elevates what should be stamped out,” Cuomo declared.
“[Trump] needed to call out the bigots and the white supremacists and he didn’t. Why? And why does he therefore have unprecedented support from these fringe elements of white power? Two wrongs and what is right? The bigots are wrong to hit. Antifa or whomever, anarchists or malcontent or misguided, they are also wrong to hit. But fighting hate is right.”
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