In Berkeley, California on Sunday, Trump supporters came under attack from black-clad anarchists wearing face masks as a pro-Trump rally in the liberal town quickly devolved into violence.
Berkeley was also the site of violent riots last month with leftist anarchists wielding firecrackers shut down a speech by the conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.
On Sunday, pro- and anti-Trump demonstrators met in a Berkeley park across the bay from San Francisco. The anarchists and Trump supporters were soon striking each other with fists and wooden sticks. Trump supporters’ “Free Speech” signs were burned and several people were assaulted, including an elderly Trump supporter hit in the face by pepper spray and beaten by an anarchist.
Alternet contributor Ken Klippenstein celebrated the violence against the elderly man. “tfw (this face when) you realize real life isn’t the internet,” he wrote, accompanied by photographs of the old man having water administered to his eyes after being pepper sprayed.
Klippenstein claimed that the old man said something racist prior to being attacked, and attempted to portray the man as a “4chan troll.” The self-styled journalist justified his remarks by asking his detractors: “now that they care about the elderly why aren’t they supporting expansion of social security / medicare?”
He wasn’t the only leftist to rejoice over the violence, as others joined the chorus of cheers.
A Trump supporter, carrying a wooden baton and shield, has become an Internet meme for defending other protesters from the anarchists (also known as “Antifa” or anti-fascists) during the melee that broke out in the park.
Any logical person knows that violence is generally bad—whatever the rally is for. When it breaks into fisticuffs or worse, it shouldn’t be something to be celebrated. But leftist progressives condone violence if it’s happening against the right targets, just as we’ve seen with the increasing popularity of “punching Nazis.” Nothing is off limits now—provided the violence happens to be someone they don’t like.
If it happened to anyone else, they’d be crying bloody murder.