New York Magazine Complains of Antifa Attack: It ‘Fuels Right-Wingers’

An Antifa demonstrator holds up the remains of a tattered and burned US national flag / Getty

New York magazine complained Monday about recent attacks on unarmed Trump supporters by Antifa, "anti-fascist," assailants, but only because the attacks play into the right-wing narrative branding Antifa as the "real menace."

"Antifa Beats Up Trump Supporters, Fuels Right-Wingers," New York magazine's Benjamin Hart wrote.

Despite the fact that Antifa evaded police and attacked right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley, Calif. on Sunday, Hart said "the violence ended quickly," and "the vast majority of the day's events were peaceful."

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Hart explained that despite the primarily "peaceful" events, Antifa's actions will only fuel "right-wingers."

"Nevertheless, images of defenseless Trump supporters being mobbed by their ideological nemeses lent stark visual support to the conservative narrative that antifa is a menace equivalent to white nationalism," he said.

Hart quoted the Washington Post, which described videos showing how Antifa smacked protesters to the ground with homemade shields, kicked and punched a defenseless man, and attacked a conservative leader with pepper spray and water bottles.

"Such clips energized right-wing commentators who saw proof that President Trump was right when he said that ‘many sides' played a role in the Charlottesville violence, which featured scenes of antifa clashing with white nationalists," Hart wrote.

Hart said statistics show right-wing extremists are still more likely to cause violence than Antifa, and that conservatives do not acknowledge that fact.

"That pesky fact is unlikely to dissuade right-wingers from holding up small-scale violent incidents like Sunday's to drive home the point that left-wing agitators are the real menace facing America," he concluded.