Liberal media often likes to argue away the violence of Antifa.
People like CNN’s Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo have claimed that Antifa is “anti-fascist” so that while they might get violent, their hearts are “pure” because they’re fighting fascists.
Of course, that’s nonsense. “Antifa” is their name they call themselves to justify their actions. For years, people knew to just call them what they truly are, anarcho-communists and far-left radicals. For them, anyone to their right is a “fascist.”
And violence is a feature, not a bug, of their actions.
Antifa showed that again in a recent alleged attack in November on a pair of Marines. And the Marines testified on Thursday against two suspects, Thomas Massey and Tom Keenan.
Marine reservists Alejandro Godinez and Luis Torres were dressed in their uniforms to attend a Marine event in Philadelphia. Unfortunately for them, as they were touring the city, they happened to be walking in vicinity of a “We the People” rally.
They were surrounded by Antifa and asked if they were “Proud Boys,” one of the groups at the rally that Antifa was targeting.
From Fox News:
Torres said he didn’t know what “Proud Boys” meant. It was after that interaction, Godinez said, that Keenan, Massey and approximately ten other people – men and women, some masked and some unmasked – began attacking the Marines: punching and kicking them, using mace and hurling slurs and other insults.
Godinez testified he was bewildered by being called a white supremacist and reportedly yelled out “I’m Mexican.” But, he said, that didn’t deter his attackers, who then started yelling ethnic slurs as well.
“The best way I can describe it is the sound of people chanting in a soccer stadium,” he told the court, adding Keenan was “laughing, smiling, and having a good time, while I could have died that day.”
The two Marines said they were taken to Jefferson Hospital after calling 911. Godinez said he was sprayed with mace at least six times, hit in the head and kicked in the ribs. Torres did not receive treatment at the hospital, Philly Mag reported.
The suspects’ attorney tried to downplay the attack, referring to it as a “tussle.” He was chastised by the judge who said, “This isn’t like kids at a playground.”
Massey and Keenan were charged with aggravated assault and conspiracy. They also faced a felony charge of ethnic intimidation because of the ethnic slurs that were used as well as a slew of misdemeanor charges. Their next court date is just after Christmas.