If there has been one silver lining from last month’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, it has been the mainstream media’s recognition of the violent group Antifa. However, one Democratic politician refuses to recognize this violence.
Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), who was Hillary Clinton’s running mate in 2016, refused to condemn Antifa by saying, “I don’t like broad brushes and I don’t know enough about them to say that they’re terrorists but people who do violent things,” according to Breitbart.
In a prepared statement sent to the center-right publication the Daily Caller, Senator Kaine added that he simply does not know enough about Antifa to declare that they are either a violent group or a group that is responsible for terroristic violence.
The Department of Homeland Security has seen enough of Antifa to charge the far-Left group with committing “domestic terrorist violence.”
When it comes to right-wing extremists, Senator Kaine has consistently shown no such hesitation.
In the aftermath of Charlottesville, Senator Kaine and others passed a resolution explicitly condemning “white nationalists, white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other hate groups” for the violence that took place after the Unite the Right rally was shut down and a state of emergency was declared.
Not only are politicians like Kaine blinded by their partisanship, but their refusal to condemn Antifa says quite a bit about how comfortable the Democrats are with the anarcho-communist group. Even liberal outlets have condemned the “silence” towards Antifa as one step closer to pitched street battles like the kind that characterized Weimar Germany.
Antifa was actually born during the chaos of Weimar Germany and served as the armed stormtroopers of Germany’s powerful communist party. Those Democrats and Republicans who tacitly support Antifa for fighting “fascists” should realize that Antifa considers capitalists, liberals, and all those opposed to communism as “fascists.”
Senator Kaine may also have a very personal reason for being mum on Antifa. Namely, his son, Linwood Kaine, was arrested months ago in Minnesota for participating in an anti-Trump riot.
The younger Kaine was charged with fleeing police on foot, obstructing the legal process, and concealing his identity in a public place. The pictures of Linwood Kaine at this event show a tall, lanky young man dressed all in black. This is the known street uniform of Antifa, ergo Kaine’s only family supports the radical group.
The militarization of America’s right-left divide cannot end well. Just like in Weimar Germany, the street soldiers of political parties have a knack for destabilizing governments and threatening the domestic security of nation-states. Even Adolf Hitler considered the SA, the brown-shirted goons of the early Nazi Party, too radical, too socialistic, and too violent. As such, in 1934, the group’s hierarchy was purged in a violent series of assassinations.
During the Russian Civil War, violent anarchists in Ukraine fought both Russian conservatives and the Bolsheviks, thereby further bloodying the soil in Eastern Europe.
In sum, unless condemned and broken, politicized street gangs can easily become armed insurrectionary movements that kickstart a civil war.