When leftists attack peaceful groups, Progressive politicians would rather blame the victim than defend free speech.
It’s supposedly a sin when you blame the victim of assault. But not when “progressives” are dealing with violent Antifa mobs assaulting peaceful conservatives. In that case, Leftist have no problem telling us the equivalent of “she was asking for it because of the way she was dressed.”
A recent story by Breitbart demonstrated this blaming of the victim: “Berkeley Mayor Wants ‘Free Speech Week’ Canceled; Trump Supporters ‘Wanted to Get Beat Up’ by Antifa.”
First, we get wisdom from a civil rights lawyer:
“It almost seems like [Trump supporters] wanted to get beat up,” said civil rights lawyer Dan Siegel, according to the East Bay Times.
Then Breitbart reports on Berkeley mayor Jesse Arreguin, trying to get another free speech event canceled.
Arreguin blamed conservative speakers for provoking the Antifa violence aimed at shutting down their events: “I’m very concerned about Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter and some of these other right-wing speakers coming to the Berkeley campus, because it’s just a target for black bloc to come out and commit mayhem on the Berkeley campus and have that potentially spill out on the street,” he said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
He also defended the police standing down to permit Antifa to attack:
Arreguin defended the police for allowing Antifa to jump the barricades Sunday, saying “the actions taken by the police were necessary to deescalate and prevent further violence from taking place.”
In other words, by not confronting Antifa and protecting the innocent, the police evaded being attacked by Antifa.