Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued a statement late Tuesday denouncing violent Alt-Left “Antifa” protesters, saying Antifa deserves “unequivocal condemnation,” a strong statement that marks a shift away from a Democratic narrative that attacked President Donald Trump for highlighting violence from the “alt-left.”
Nancy Pelosi released the statement in the aftermath of the latest incident of left-wing violence in Berkeley, California, over the weekend. “Antifa” protesters hopped barricades and attacked peaceful demonstrators at a right-wing event on Sunday, and it appears once again police stood down or let it spin out of control.
The events in Berkeley are just the latest in a series of violent acts by the Alt-Left thugs, often seen dresses in all black, setting fires and smashing windows, but many acts have been largely ignored by the media elite. President Donald Trump highlighted the mostly unreported left-wing violence surrounding the events of Charlottesville, Virginia, these acts have slowly been receiving more mainstream coverage. (Related: A History of Antifa and Alt-Left Violence: January – August 2017 (Videos and Pictures))
Nancy Pelosi had recently called for the House to censure President Trump over his remarks to Charlottesville, however, with the increasing rise of left-wing violence, on Tuesday Pelosi switched gears and released a statement condemning the left-wing rioters.
“Our democracy has no room for inciting violence or endangering the public, no matter the ideology of those who commit such acts,” Pelosi said in the statement. “The violent actions of people calling themselves Antifa in Berkeley this weekend deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted.” (Related: COMPLETE LAWLESSNESS: Berkeley Police Allowed Antifa to Jump Barricades, Assault Trump Supporters)
“In California, as across all of our great nation, we have deep reverence for the Constitutional right to peaceful dissent and free speech,” she said. “Non-violence is fundamental to that right. Let us use this sad event to reaffirm that we must never fight hate with hate, and to remember the values of peace, openness and justice that represent the best of America.”
President Trump had provoked the ire of Democrats, some GOP and the mainstream media reporters when, despite his denunciation of white nationalists and neo-Nazis, he also condemned the violence on the part of what he highlighted as the “alt-left.” (Related: WATCH: Antifa Berkeley Protest Chant: “No Trump, No Wall, No USA at All!”)
“Do they have any semblance of guilt? What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem?” Trump asked. “I think they do.”
The president was widely criticized for his remarks, with even top Republicans, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney — blasting Trump for his remarks. Mitt Romney even appeared to have defended the violent left-wing protesters.
“One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi,” Romney tweeted. “The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes.”
Mitt Romney has not tweeted since the violence in California this last Sunday. (Related: Berkeley Mayor: Time to Classify Antifa as a Gang)