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The Nazis have a Unlikely Ally in Charlottesville

Written by James Baxley

The alt-right’s unlikely ally, the American Civil Liberty Union (ACLU) has come out to place the blame of the violence in Charlottesville this past week on the Law Enforcement agencies which were present. 

 

Originally, the City of Charlottesville revoked the permit of Jason Kessler to have his “Unite the Right” rally in downtown’s Emancipation Park. Ironically enough,  the city did not revoke the permits for the counter-protesters. The Rutherford Institute and the ACLU successfully sued the City of Charlottesville.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe placed the blame for the violence in Charlottesville on the ACLU and the Rutherford Institute. The ACLU responded to the governor’s claim on its website:

“But let’s be clear: our lawsuit challenging the city to act constitutionally did not cause violence nor did it in any way address the question whether demonstrators could carry sticks or other weapons at the events.”

According to Virginia’s ACLU chief Claire G. Gastanaga, “It is the responsibility of law enforcement to ensure safety of both protesters and counter-protesters. The policing on Saturday was not effective in preventing violence.”

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Despite 1,000 first responders being mobilized as well as 300 state police and National Guard members, Michael Signer, the Mayor of Charlottesville, ordered police to stand down during the most chaotic and destructive period of the protests – despite police protests against the orders.The police stood idly by on the sidelines while a brawl was allowed to ensue. If you studied the videos of the UC Berkeley riots earlier this year, the same thing happened: the police seemed to let the rioters take over. When McAuliffe was asked about the criticism of law enforcement’s inaction, he replied “They [the alt-Right militia] had better equipment than our State Police had.”

Virginia State Police spokesperson Corrine Geller told The Washington Free Beacon that the police “were equipped, with the necessary protective and tactical gear for their safety and, obviously, to protect those that were in attendance of the event.”
McAuliffe claims that the protesters “had battering rams and, you know, we had picked up different weapons they had stashed around the city. This was a powder keg. This was a very volatile situation.”

According to Reason, Geller stated that “searches were conducted in and around Emancipation and McIntire Parks and no weapons were located.”

ProPublica reported that “the militia members seemed to be the only ones breaking up fights and trying to keep the peace in the tumult . . . the state police and National Guardsmen mostly stood aside and watched as the violence grew worse.” The lack of policing eventually led to violence in which the Virginia Governor declared a state of emergency, declared an ‘unlawful assembly’ and cleared the area of demonstrators.

The Virginia Governor, Terry McAuliffe was co-chairman of President Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign and was chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign claimed that the Virginia State Police were outgunned by the white supremacists and neo-Nazis. As a result, the police were hesitant to break up their violent conflict with counter-protesters and the alt-Left.When Geller, spoke to The Wall Street Journal, she said the plan was to keep the two sides separated. “There were physical barriers to separate those opposing sides and law enforcement as well, however individuals chose to assemble on the streets. Geller continues with, “We are not in a position to tell people where to assemble.”

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But, many Charlottesville police officers have come forward to express their outrage at being told to “stand down” by the Charlottesville Mayor during violent clashes between protesters. Michael Singer, coincidentally previously worked with John Podesta [former chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign] at the Center of American Progress and worked with him again on Barack Obama’s State Department Transition Team before becoming the Charlottesville mayor.

The officers claims the protests, which pitched “white supremacists” against members of Antifa, were “set up” to allow for the groups to ignite into exactly what happened.

“We were ordered to bring the rival groups together. As soon as they were in contact with each other, we were told to stand down. It was outrageous. We weren’t allowed to arrest anyone without asking the mayor first.”

In addition to McAuliffe’s and Signer’s conspiracy to have the rally called off by way of declaring an emergency, the discovery of a Craigslist ad posted last Monday is raising new questions over whether paid protesters were sourced. The ad was placed on Craigslist by a Los Angeles based “public relations firm” called “Crowds on Demand” offering $25 per hour to “actors and photographers” to serve as agitators in counterprotests in the Charlotte, NC area.It is no surprise that the alt-Left and everybody who was linked to the violence is connected to the Clinton’s and their campaigns: McAuliffe and Signer.

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James Baxley

I'm a disabled combat veteran (OIF III) who served in Iraq in 2005. I like to write on the beltway circus which surrounds the Trump administration. I also like to write as a cultural critic and social satire at times.

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