CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin claimed on Tuesday that any criticism of the violent far-left group, Antifa, was based on President Donald Trump’s “appeal to racism.”
The CNN segment was focused on discussing Trump’s recent remarks to a group of Christian leaders that if Republicans lose this November there could be widespread violence.
“Let’s be clear also about what’s going on here, the theme here is ‘I’m Donald Trump and I’ll protect you from the scary black people,'” Toobin claimed on CNN. “Antifa is widely perceived as an African-American organization and this is just part of the same story of LeBron James and Don Lemon and Maxine Waters and the NFL players and the UCLA basketball players.”
While many Antifa supporters dress in all black, known as “black bloc,” the group is not “widely perceived as an African-American organization.”
In fact, video from a CNN special report suggests that Antifa is overwhelmingly comprised of young, white people.
The video elicited an intense reaction from Twitter, where Toobin was widely mocked and ridiculed for being a liar:
The wheels are coming off!
— Austen Fletcher (@fleccas) August 29, 2018
Lanny called in shortly after this clip and said he agreed. He called back and said he didn't. @CNN has other sources though so they still say Lanny agrees.
— Tyler Falwell (@Tfalwell) August 29, 2018
Proof that my old edition of Merriam Webster’s dictionary is right. The only difference between “lawyer” and “liar” is six pages.
— Benjamin Bell (@TattooQ) August 29, 2018
He lost me when he said antifa is mostly black
— Pokemon Yellow (@CodyKersey33) August 29, 2018
Funny, Every ANTIFA member I seen, has been a white person, trying to disguise their identity
— Frederick Milford (@otherside321) August 29, 2018
What a joke. If anything, people associate Antifa with privileged and naive white kids.
— NateyBakes (@NateyBakes) August 29, 2018
Does he assume being dressed in black makes you black?
— Jay K (@JayKlos) August 29, 2018
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