Wednesday night, CNN’s Jake Tapper highlighted some left-wing violence which hasn’t gotten much media attention.

Here’s the attack Tapper is referring to:

Here’s a portion of Antifa’s excuse for their violence. I’m going to quote it at length because it is so pathetic that reading it will give you an idea of the idiocy we are dealing with here. This is the excuse of 6th grader caught red handed by the principal:

This man ran at a crowd that was holding space for our murdered comrade with just his iPhone.

Due to the intensity and context of this time people are very scared of white men running full speed at them with iPhones as this is the exact behavior of a white supremacist trying to out identity of people of color and anti fascists in order to invoke fear. Additionally, they also use press footage constantly to do this.

When this man ran up he was told people did not want to be filmed. He proceeded to film anyways. He was then told AGAIN that he was not to film people’s faces. He proceeded anyways. He intentionally ignored the denial of consent, still without identifying himself (though we still wouldn’t care), which was a threat to safety and should be considered in a context of perpetuating rape culture. Denial of consent by the media is still a denial of consent and is disgusting and parasitic behavior.

Once this man ignored people’s requests to please back off he tried to pull on a flag to expose someone’s face. This is extremely inappropriate and when the media thinks they have the right to expose people that do not want to be exposed they are perpetuating violence against marginalized or targeted communities.

After he tried to remove someone’s flag he was pushed back several times. At this point he began to give a mourning crowd the finger with both hands. We can only assume that this was the behavior of someone intoxicated. This behavior was taunting and escalating.

He STILL had not identified himself as press.

He continued to make advances and continued to get corralled back towards the sidewalk away from us. He had not fallen. He had not been hit. Only pushed back to give space to a grieving and righteously angry crowd.

He advanced still.

At this point there were folks that felt they were in extreme danger as no one knew who this man was or what his intentions were. He was now considered combative, aggressive and advancing with violence.

Then he got hit. Once. We aren’t sure with what or by who but he did and it was all due to his own ridiculous, likely drunk, behavior.

This is what happens when you make people feel scared and purposefully incite anger.

As Tapper noted above, the station says the explanation is full of lies. I believe that. Here’s the video of what happened (which I wrote about here). As you can see, the interaction appears to last about 12 seconds before someone hits the reporter. He was taken to the hospital and received 4 staples to close a cut in his scalp.

Tapper’s final tweet (he skipped #7):

Once again, it’s not necessary to give violent members of Antifa a pass just because you don’t like Nazis. It’s possible to condemn the Nazis and the violent counter-protesters. Tapper’s attempt to hold both sides accountable is in striking contrast to garbage like this from some progressive journalists: