Mark Steyn Compares Antifa to Charlie Hebdo Shooters: ‘Someone is Gonna Get Killed’ Because of Them


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Tucker Carlson returned to Fox News on Monday night after a week-long break, and teamed up with Mark Steyn to slam Antifa and dismiss the notion that white supremacy still has a serious presence in America. Since the Unite the Right 2 rally-goers in Charlottesville and Washington D.C. were vastly outnumbered by counter-protesters over the weekend, Carlson sarcastically bashed the media and political figures who continue to say that white supremacy is a national crisis. “So much for the Klan rally,” Carlson snarked. “White supremacy is not ubiquitous in America, it’s not a crisis. It’s not even a meaningful category. It is incredibly rare…People who tell you otherwise are either delusional or trying to control with you fear, likely both.” Like his Fox Business colleague Lou Dobbs, Carlson focused on the bad behavior from Antifa and other counter-protesters during their demonstrations against white nationalists. He also tore Continue reading "Mark Steyn Compares Antifa to Charlie Hebdo Shooters: ‘Someone is Gonna Get Killed’ Because of Them"

WATCH: Lou Dobbs Refers to Unite the Right 2 Rallygoers as ‘So-Called White Supremacists’ While Blasting Antifa


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Lou Dobbs took a markedly-harsher approach to Antifa than he did with white supremacists on Monday night as he covered the events this weekend in Charlottesville, VA and Washington, D.C. White nationalists led by Jason Kessler were largely outnumbered by counter-protesters over the last few days when they tried to hold a sequel to last year’s infamous Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, VA. Some of these counter-protesters were affiliated with Antifa, and there were several who harassed reporters and clashed with law enforcement. The counter-protests gave Dobbs enough fodder to work with, so he kicked off his show tonight by lambasting the “Antifa thugs” for their behavior. Dobbs acknowledged Kessler and his fellow demonstrators as “white nationalists” at first, but soon he softened up by referring to them as “so-called white supremacists” — while putting the focus back on “thuggery” of the counter-protesters who wished harm upon President Continue reading "WATCH: Lou Dobbs Refers to Unite the Right 2 Rallygoers as ‘So-Called White Supremacists’ While Blasting Antifa"

Unite the Right Rally Deemed a Dud: More Lime Scooters Than White Nationalists


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As Unite the Right protesters descended upon Washington, D.C. to commemorate the one-year anniversary of their 2016 Charlottesville, VA rally that turned deadly, it turned out that only a couple dozen showed up. Reporters on the ground immediately took note of the diluted support on Sunday, tweeting out photos and videos in which police appeared to far outnumber white supremacist demonstrators. Counter-protesters came out in greater numbers, marching through the capital under the watch of heavy police presence, which monitored the crowd to keep any flare ups in check. Jason Kessler, who was in D.C. leading the Unite the Right rally, even admitted his efforts fell flat, according to Mediaite’s Caleb Ecarma. Check out the first-hand accounts and reactions below:

Journalists React to Attack on NBC Reporter by Apparent Antifa Protester in Charlottesville: ‘Totally Unacceptable’


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Just a year after deadly violence erupted at a Charlottesville, VA white nationalist rally, reignited tensions in the same city led to an attack on an NBC News reporter, who was heckled by a protester as his camera was shoved away. The incident happened Saturday night while correspondent Cal Perry, who was alongside the cameraman involved, covered a demonstration there. However, it appears the aggressor may have been a member of the anti-fascist group. “Fuck you, snitch ass news bitch. Fuck you,” he shouted in a video of the incident tweeted by Perry. The curses can be heard just before the camera is smacked away. Journalists including Continue reading "Journalists React to Attack on NBC Reporter by Apparent Antifa Protester in Charlottesville: ‘Totally Unacceptable’"

GOP Senator Grilled on Lone Support for Anti-Lynching Bill: Why Are You the Only Republican Signing This?


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A bill making lynching a federal hate crime might seem like a no-brainer to some lawmakers, but Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) is the only Republican signing on. Scott faced a tough line of questioning Sunday from Face the Nation‘s Margaret Brennan, as he was pushed to explain why he hasn’t yet been joined by his GOP colleagues in his support for the proposal, which Congress has been attempting to pass for more than 100 years, failing nearly 200 times. “Sometimes it’s good to be first,” Scott said of his co-sponsorship of the bill backed by more than two dozen Democrats. “So I look forward to looking for ways to bring more folks on board. I think we will.” While the senator is hopeful that his fellow party members will get on board, he noted the bill’s passage is long overdue. “The fact of the matter is Continue reading "GOP Senator Grilled on Lone Support for Anti-Lynching Bill: Why Are You the Only Republican Signing This?"

Former VA Gov. Rips Unite the Right Protesters: People Don’t Feel the Need to Hide Under Hoods Anymore


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As Washington, D.C. braced for a white nationalists to descend upon the capital Sunday, Former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe gave a grim recollection of violence perpetrated by the same group in Charlottesville just one year ago. “To see these neo-Nazis and white supremacists, about a thousand walking down the streets screaming most vile things about members of the African American community about members of the Jewish faith–I never seen anything like it,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper in a State of the Union interview that morning. “People used to wear hoods in this country because they this country because they wanted to disguise themselves. They don’t feel the need to do that anymore.” McAuliffe said he was stunned by President Donald Trump‘s claim that everyone was at fault for the chaos of the 2016 protest in his state where a white supremacist rammed a car into a crowd Continue reading "Former VA Gov. Rips Unite the Right Protesters: People Don’t Feel the Need to Hide Under Hoods Anymore"

Trump Tweets Ahead of Charlottesville Anniversary: I Condemn ‘All Types of Racism and Acts of Violence’


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President Donald Trump took to Twitter this morning to issue a statement of condemnation against racism and violence. After last year’s rally turned violent and Heather Heyer was killed, the President rather infamously said there was blame on both sides but also “very fine people on both sides.” Even many Republicans were appalled by Trump drawing some kind of moral equivalence. And with yet another “Unite the Right” rally set for this weekend, people have been calling on Trump to make condemnatory statements. Trump also tweeted this morning about the FBI and the African-American and Hispanic unemployment rates:

Chris Cuomo to Trump: ‘Go After the Nazis Peddling Hate, Not Our Sports Heroes’ Protesting Injustice


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On Friday, CNN’s Chris Cuomo closed the 9 pm hour of his show by slamming President Donald Trump for blasting NFL players for their protests while remaining silent on Charlottesville. “Why is Trump doing this? So many protesting players, white and black have said this isn’t about disrespecting the flag. He knows that,” Cuomo said. “He doesn’t seem to care. Why? This works with the part of his base. How do we know? He said it.” Then, noting that while the President is speaking out on NFL protesters while saying nothing about the anniversary of Charlottesville, he continued on:
“He takes on the NFL protest and ignores the trash that’s heading to Charlottesville to mark the first anniversary of their deadly racism by having another rally and the president says nothing. He picks on the NFL players who are part of one of the most unifying aspects of our Continue reading "Chris Cuomo to Trump: ‘Go After the Nazis Peddling Hate, Not Our Sports Heroes’ Protesting Injustice"

Spike Lee Broke the News to Obama About Charlottesville: ‘I Could See On His Face, That Shock’


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Director Spike Lee recently revealed how he broke the news to Barack Obama about Charlottesville while the 44th president was playing golf. The story was part of a new interview with Time discussing his upcoming film, BlacKkKlansman, a movie Lee says is aimed at changing the way America looks at racism. According to Lee, as violent protests in Charlottesville unfolded, he was glued to his television at his home on Martha’s Vineyard. At one point though, he stepped outside to his backyard, which just so happens to right next to the golf course that Obama frequents. That is when he spotted the Secret Service and made his way to Obama to break the news. “I said, Mr. President, did you hear what happened in Charlottesville? He hadn’t.” Lee told Time about his presidential encounter. He added that Obama appeared shocked. “I could see on his face—that shock,” he said. Continue reading "Spike Lee Broke the News to Obama About Charlottesville: ‘I Could See On His Face, That Shock’"

Ingraham Scolds Chuck Todd For Linking Anger Towards Press to Charlottesville Attack: ‘Beyond Reprehensible’


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Laura Ingraham blasted the media for their “whining” over the heckling at the Trump rally earlier this week mocking CNN reporter Jim Acosta. Ingraham began by accusing Acosta of basting in the “afterglow” with “contrived dismay,” specifically referring to when he said it didn’t feel like “we’re in America anymore” and that Americans “should not be treating fellow Americans” the way he was treated. “Okay, I have a question. Do these guys ever think about how they treat America?” Ingraham asked. “Hearing reporters complain about the angry reception they get in Red State America is kind of like having an arsonist lecture us about campfire safety.” The Fox News host doesn’t condone the swearing and the bird-flipping done by rally goers, but she “certainly can understand the frustration” of Trump voters, claiming the media have been “underestimating or ridiculing” them and the president. She cited statistics that Continue reading "Ingraham Scolds Chuck Todd For Linking Anger Towards Press to Charlottesville Attack: ‘Beyond Reprehensible’"

EXCLUSIVE: How White Supremacists Skirted PayPal’s Rules to Fund Charlottesville Anniversary Rally


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White supremacist organizer Jason Kessler skirted PayPal’s anti-hate policies to help fund his upcoming “Unite the Right 2” rally, per Facebook chat messages obtained by Mediaite. In a group chat used to plan “Unite the Right 2,” Kessler, who organized last year’s deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA, advised fellow white supremacist organizers to funnel the event’s expenses through a fund set up to pay Kessler’s legal fees. Zyniker Law Firm, which is representing Kessler in his legal cases following last year’s deadly rally, has a fund dedicated to raising money for the his legal fees, which used PayPal. “We can’t use normie fundraising apps,” alt-right activist Sam Salazar said in the chat on May 20, 2018 — referring to conventional funding avenues. “That would get taken down to (sic) quick.” “Has somebody set up a gofundme or something?” Al Stankard, another racist activist, asked. Kessler then
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WATCH: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell Flabbergasted By DHS Sec. Nielsen’s Charlottesville Remarks


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NBC’s Andrea Mitchell was dumbstruck today when she saw Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen distract from President Donald Trump‘s latest controversy on Russia by…defending his remarks on Charlottesville. The Homeland Security secretary spoke to Peter Alexander at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday. Alexander asked what the DHS is doing to clamp down on white nationalists in the year since their march through Virginia. The deadly rally has been a recurring subject in the last few days — with media observers noting that the aftermath was one of Trump’s worst moments before the recent controversy over his meetings with Vladimir Putin. As she fielded questions about Trump’s infamous “both sides” comments, Nielsen said at one point that “it’s not that one side is right, one side is wrong. Anybody that is advocating violence we need to work to mitigate.” Those remarks have taken a few people aback Continue reading "WATCH: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell Flabbergasted By DHS Sec. Nielsen’s Charlottesville Remarks"

DHS Sec. Nielsen Echoes Trump’s Charlottesville Remarks: ‘It’s Not That One Side Was Right’


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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen echoed President Donald Trump’s infamous “both sides” explanation of white supremacist violence at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last year, as she told a crowd at the Aspen Security Forum that neither side “was right.” “Whether it was foreign influence or different purposeful attempts to get both sides, if you will, aggressively pitted against each other,” the secretary said today. “I think that what I see DHS’ role… We have to work with everyone to help communities understand what are the warning signs, what are the ways in which we can prepare. And that’s no matter who it is.” “It’s not that one side was
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Justice Dept. Files Hate Crime Charges Against Charlottesville Motorist Accused of Killing Heather Heyer


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The Department of Justice has indicted James Alex Fields on federal hate crimes charges after he allegedly ran over demonstrators during the infamous white nationalist rally last year in Charlottesville, Virginia. Fields was arrested in August when he plowed his car through a crowd of counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer in the process. He faces 30 criminal charges for hate crimes resulting in Heyers’ death, attempts to kill and injure others, and also for violently interfering with “federally protected activity.” “Last summer’s violence in Charlottesville cut short a promising young life and shocked the nation,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “Today’s indictment should send a clear message to every would-be criminal Continue reading "Justice Dept. Files Hate Crime Charges Against Charlottesville Motorist Accused of Killing Heather Heyer"

‘Unite the Right’ Organizer Gets Approval for ‘White Civil Rights’ Rally in DC on Anniversary of Charlottesville


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The organizer behind last year’s deadly Charlottesville rally has just received approval to hold a rally across from the White House on Aug. 12. Jason Kessler, a white supremacist and one of the primary organizers behind the Unite the Right rally, applied for a permit for a “white civil rights” rally to be held on Lafayette Square. The purpose of the gathering, according to The Washington Post, is to protest “civil rights abuse in Charlottesville.” While the request has been approved, a permit has not yet been issued. Kessler had first tried to apply for a rally permit in Charlottesville for the same day, but that permit was denied. Last year’s Charlottesville rally erupted into violent brawls and took the life of Heather Heyer, an anti-racism activist and paralegal who died after a car drove through a group of counterprotesters. She was 32. A total of Continue reading "‘Unite the Right’ Organizer Gets Approval for ‘White Civil Rights’ Rally in DC on Anniversary of Charlottesville"

Spike Lee Shreds Trump Over Charlottesville at Cannes: ‘That Motherf***er Did Not Denounce the Motherf***ing Klan’


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Last night, legendary director Spike Lee debuted his film BlackkKlansman at the Cannes Film Festival. It received a standing ovation and apparently contains some very direct commentary about modern-day events, especially Charlottesville and the President’s response to it. At a press conference after the screening of the film, Lee spoke about the decision in the context of President Donald Trump’s failure to denounce the white nationalists involved in the conflict. “We have a guy in the White House — I’m not gonna say his fucking name — who defined that moment not just for Americans but the world, and that motherfucker was given the chance to say we are about love, not hate,” Lee said. “And that motherfucker did not denounce the motherfucking Klan, the alt-right, and those Nazis motherfuckers.” “It was a defining moment, and he could have said to the world, not just the United States, that Continue reading "Spike Lee Shreds Trump Over Charlottesville at Cannes: ‘That Motherf***er Did Not Denounce the Motherf***ing Klan’"

Charlottesville Counterprotester Sues InfoWars And Other Far-Right Media Figures For Defamation


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A Virginia man who was part of the counterprotest at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last year is suing conspiracy site InfoWars, its founder Alex Jones and a number of other far-right media figures for defamation. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia on behalf of Brennan Gilmore Tuesday. Besides Jones and InfoWars, Gilmore is also naming former GOP Congressman Allen West, Gateway Pundit owner Jim Hoft, InfoWars reporter Lee Ann McAdoo, right-wing reporter Lee Stranahan and bloggers Derrick Wilburn and Scott Creighton as defendants. Gilmore’s lawsuit alleges that all parties defamed him by spreading “fake news” and conspiracy stories that claimed he was in the middle of a George Soros-funded leftist plot to stage the Charlottesville attack that killed one counterprotester and injured dozens of others. Gilmore was on the scene and shot video when neo-Nazi James Continue reading "Charlottesville Counterprotester Sues InfoWars And Other Far-Right Media Figures For Defamation"

Charlottesville Counterprotester Sues InfoWars And Other Far-Right Media Figures For Defamation


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A Virginia man who was part of the counterprotest at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last year is suing conspiracy site InfoWars, its founder Alex Jones and a number of other far-right media figures for defamation. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia on behalf of Brennan Gilmore Tuesday. Besides Jones and InfoWars, Gilmore is also naming former GOP Congressman Allen West, Gateway Pundit owner Jim Hoft, InfoWars reporter Lee Ann McAdoo, right-wing reporter Lee Stranahan and bloggers Derrick Wilburn and Scott Creighton as defendants. Gilmore’s lawsuit alleges that all parties defamed him by spreading “fake news” and conspiracy stories that claimed he was in the middle of a George Soros-funded leftist plot to stage the Charlottesville attack that killed one counterprotester and injured dozens of others. Gilmore was on the scene and shot video when neo-Nazi James Continue reading "Charlottesville Counterprotester Sues InfoWars And Other Far-Right Media Figures For Defamation"

Stacey Dash Agrees With Trump’s ‘Both Sides’ Charlottesville Response: ‘He’s Absolutely Right’


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Clueless star and former Fox News pundit Stacey Dash recently announced that she was going to give another career a try — a run for office. Yep, Dash recently filed to run for Congress in California. This evening, she appeared on MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber to discuss her candidacy. And her campaign may have ended before it ever really had a chance to begin. After having a difficult time giving detailed policy positions on topics such as gun control and health care during the first part of the interview, Dash was asked by Ari Melber about Charlottesville and the president’s controversial response to the deadly violence. Noting that White House chief economic advisor Gary Cohn — who recently resigned — said that he almost left due Trump’s “both sides” remarks, Melber asked if the president was wrong. “No, I think he’s absolutely right,” Dash said. “There were two Continue reading "Stacey Dash Agrees With Trump’s ‘Both Sides’ Charlottesville Response: ‘He’s Absolutely Right’"

Everything You Love Will Burn


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Last week, we put out a special show hosted by The Guardian US’s Lois Beckett, devoted to how reporters should approach the alt-right, and white supremacy, in America, called "Face the Racist Nation." As a bonus, we're putting out a full interview with one of the voices in that show: Norwegian journalist Vegas Tenold, whose new book, “Everything You Love Will Burn” chronicles his time covering the far right, up close and personal, for close to a decade. Lois talks to Vegas about how he has seen the far right evolve, the mistakes he sees journalists making and his relationship with the co-founder of the racist Traditionalist Worker Party, Matthew Heimbach. In addition to listening to the full show, make sure to go to our website to check out the special quizzes we made that delve further into the sticky issues in this hour.