CNN’s Chris Cuomo tried to excuse the fighting of Antifa members over the weekend by differentiating their motivations from alt-right members, on his show Monday night.
“Unless you’re justified in defending yourself and you hit someone, you’re a thug, you’re a criminal, 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. In the eyes of the law, yes,” he stated.
“When someone comes to call out bigots and it gets hot, even physical, are they equally as wrong as the bigot they’re fighting? I argue no. Fighting against hate matters. Now, how you fight matters, too — there’s no question about that,” Cuomo continued, “but drawing a moral equivalency between those espousing hate and those fighting because they both resort to violence emboldens hate — legitimizes hateful belief and elevates what should be stamped out.”
While Cuomo discussed the violence that transpired over the weekend, he did not mention the number Antifa members that made threats against the president. (RELATED: ‘Do Him Like Gaddafi’ – Antifa Protesters Caught On Video Threatening To Kill The President)
“The bigots are wrong to hit. Antifa, or whomever — anarchists, or malcontent, misguided — they are also wrong to hit. But fighting hate is right and in a clash between hate and those who oppose it are on the side of right,” he concluded.
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