In this rather convoluted line of logic, CNN’s Chris Cuomo says that extremist leftist violence isn’t as bad as racist violence.
I still haven’t decided who the dumbest guy on television is — Chris Cuomo or Don Lemon.
Don Lemon said something reasonable that one time, and then he’s said that calling a black person ‘dumb’ is racist even if the black person happens to be dumb — which is incredibly dumb.
Frankly, it was still a stalemate to me… until Monday night when Chris Cuomo edged out into the lead as the Dumbest Person on television.
Cuomo made a rather bizarre speech where he seems to suggest that Antifa violence is less problematic than white nationalist violence because Antifa is ‘fighting fascism’.
It was Antifa that attacked police officers and reporters that were just doing their jobs during the Unite The Right 2 rally.
On Sunday night, it was just a handful of Jason Kessler’s white nationalists that showed up to the sequel of the ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville. Meanwhile, hundreds of Antifa protesters were there, and they got pretty aggressive with journalists and cops.
Cuomo dismissed the violence by Antifa as ‘confronting’ police and ‘berating’ journalists.
Here is the ‘confronting’ of a state police officer while a crowd chants, ‘Black Lives Matter!’:
Here’s the ‘berating’ of journalists:
— Cal Perry (@WarehouseCal) August 12, 2018
He says that equating the two is ‘whataboutism’ and it’s ‘sickening’ to him.
He explains that the two groups aren’t morally equivalent.
All punches are not equal morally. In the eyes of the law, yes. But in the eyes of good and evil…
When someone comes to call out bigots and it gets hot, even physical, are they equally wrong as the bigot they are fighting? I argue no. Fighting against hate matters … drawing a moral equivalency between those espousing hate and those fighting it because they both resort to violence emboldens hate, legitimizes hateful belief, and elevates what should be stamped out.
Cuomo then criticized President Trump for saying that there was blame on ‘both sides’ last year in Charlottesville and that there were ‘very fine people’ on both sides.
He then says that everyone is wrong to hit — on both sides.
But then he gives a caveat:
Fighting hate is right. In a clash between those who hate and those who oppose it, those who oppose it are on the side of right.
He then seems to equate Antifa activists with civil rights activists and soldiers in combat.
That’s why people who show up to fight against bigots are not to be judged the same as the bigots even if they do resort to the same kinds of petty violence.
This isn’t a new line of reasoning for Cuomo.
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— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) August 16, 2017
I couldn’t disagree with Cuomo more.
Both groups are equally repulsive.
Racists are always vile.
Antifa is repulsive in the way that they claim to be anti-fascists but act just like fascists.
As for the white nationalists, they’ve grown out of the intersectional politics that is pushed by leftists. Now there is a little, tiny identity box for every single thing you can think of. Some white people just want their own box.
Someone can identify as a latinx genderqueer alien with ze/zir pronouns and that’s ok. Heck, there’s probably an advocacy group for people like that out there.
But heaven forbid someone says that they’re white and don’t absolutely despise themselves, their parents, and all of Western civilization for being white. It’s the end of the freaking world!
Yet, this is what they’ve been laying the foundation for.
This is what intersectionality gets you — if you divide people into groups based on immutable characteristics like race, then you can’t be upset when the ‘white oppressors’ want to form a group, too. Those are the rules of intersectionality, and that’s why it’s a garbage idea.
If Chris Cuomo is going to soften on leftist activists that use violence because of their higher moral principles, well, then maybe he really is the dumbest guy on television.
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