Warren Condemns Left-Wing Violence: 'Violence Is Not the Way to Go'

August 25, 2017

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) condemned violence by extremist left-wing groups like the Antifa movement during a local news interview Wednesday.

Warren spoke to WBSM, a New Bedford, Mass-based station, after holding a town hall at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. About five minutes into the interview, WBSM host Tim Dunn brought up the presence of violent left-wing protesters in Charlottesville, Va., and asked Warren to explicitly condemn left-wing violence.

"Absent the presence of white nationalists, left-wing protesters threw bottles of urine and rocks at police officers. The same occurred last night at the president's rally. Are you prepared to condemn violence on that part of the left-wing agitators, such as Antifa, as you have the right-wing nationalist group?" Dunn asked.

"Violence is not the way to go. Violence is not the way to advance our interests," Warren responded.

She then turned to President Donald Trump's comments on Charlottesville, in which he laid blame "on both sides," a claim that has provoked significant backlash since then.

"But let's be really clear about what Donald Trump did," Warren said. "He said that there were a lot of good people marching with Nazis and white supremacists. Those are not good people when they march with Nazis and white supremacists, period."

Dunn then turned to the recent free speech rally and counter-protest in Boston. But Warren did not seem to want to engage his questions about violent left-wing demonstrators in that protest, instead continuing to rebuke Trump's comments.

"Is Antifa, those people we saw on the Boston Common, are they good people?" Dunn asked

"I didn't see them marching. What I saw were people who are Nazis and white supremacists. And Donald Trump said those are good people marching with them. They are not good people," Warren said.

"But referring to the Boston Common, I mean, 40,000, the peaceful demonstrators versus the very little—" Dunn said.

"People who march with Nazis and white supremacists are not good people," Warren reiterated.