The Democrat-led U.S Commission on Civil Rights, quick to correctly criticize KKK and white supremacists involved in the deadly Charlottesville, Va., clashes, has rejected a proposal to also condemn -- like President Trump did -- leftist radicals like the club-wielding "Antifa" shown in videos to have sparked some riots.
In a vote to include Antifa in the full commission statement, four Democratic commissioners voted no while the Republican who proposed it, Gail Heriot, and the Republican who seconded the proposal, Peter Kirsanow, voted yes.
Heriot proposed including the following line:
"Though we support peaceful protest and note that most of the counter-demonstrators were peaceful, we condemn violence by anyone, including violence by so-called Antifa demonstrators."
In their statement to Secrets describing the Friday vote, the duo, founders of the New American Civil Rights Project, an informal association of individuals interested in civil rights issues, included a video showing violence by "club-wielding Antifa."
Commissioner Heriot said, "During the ill-fated Weimar Republic, gangs of Nazi thugs frequently battled gangs of Communist thugs in the streets. Many German citizens were disinclined to condemn the Nazis, because they thought they posed a lesser threat than the Communists. That turned out to be wrong. And while the United States is nowhere near the level of street fighting and political disorder that characterized Germany at that time, the right way to deal with battling political thugs is to condemn them both."
Commissioner Kirsanow added, "The Commission dishonors its legacy by condemning violence only when it's committed by disfavored groups. By refusing to condemn Antifa's violence, the Commission's majority sanctions beatings and other violent conduct—provided it's politically correct."
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org