It is the opinion of New York Times reporter Mike Baker that the “anti-fascist” group Antifa is a mostly “peaceful” movement simply trying to put a stop to police violence. On the other hand, President Trump’s recent deployment of federal troops to violent, Antifa-infested areas like Portland represents the type of “fascism” that Antifa is needed to fight, Baker contends.
In a recent piece he wrote entitled, “Chaos Engulfs the Left, the Right and the Moms in the Middle,” Baker makes the claim that Antifa needs an even stronger presence in places like Portland to fight back against Trump’s efforts to restore “law and order.” The fact that any federal officers are in Portland at all, Baker contends, shows that “fears about rising fascism in the United States are justified.”
Framing Antifa’s response to George Floyd’s death in terms of being a “complicated mix of grievances, with a wide array of people expressing them using a multitude of tactics to make sure they get heard,” Baker tries to paint Antifa as the good guys in this fight, and the federal government’s officers who are being deployed as the aggressors inciting violence.
“Amid the Gordian knot of frustrations and escalations, most everyone seems to agree about one thing: The combative deployment of camouflaged federal agents has only made things worse,” Baker contends.
Describing Antifa members as grassroots folks who “have long denounced police militarization and a punishing criminal justice system,” Baker suggests that only some Antifas wear black and embrace “anarchist-style tactics.” Most of the rest, he claims, “have shown up to demonstrate peacefully.”
One day after Baker published his opinion piece, the Times published another lead story by Maggie Haberman, Nick Corasaniti, and Annie Karni reiterating Baker’s position that Trump’s “law and order” agenda is to be feared because it is further stoking more unrest and violence.
In addition to sending federal troops into Portland, Trump “threatens to dispatch more to other cities,” this trio wrote, adding that Trump’s “re-election campaign is spending millions of dollars on several ominous television ads that promote fear and dovetail with his political message of ‘law and order.'”
It was not until Trump sent an “influx of agents” into Portland, they added, that the situation grew ominous. Scenes of “confrontations and chaos” only occurred after Trump got involved, is the implication, all for the purpose of burnishing “a false narrative about Democratic elected officials allowing dangerous protesters to create widespread bedlam.”
Many other mainstream media outlets are spreading the same propaganda, the narrative being that Trump is the one who is responsible for inciting chaos and violence by his sending of federal troops into Democrat stronghold cities in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election.
Antifa is just a “peaceful” movement that is misunderstood, they say, and Trump is the aggressor who is going after it as part of a political tactic to win re-election. At no point in time has the far-left incited its own violence, rioting, or looting, in other words – it is all Trump’s fault, the left-wing media claims, even though Portland has experienced nightly riots for more than 50 consecutive days — beginning long before the feds showed up.
“The Times has made it perfectly clear that they see no issue with any of the events that have taken place in Portland, whether it’s doxxed and injured law enforcement officials or property destruction,” writes Clay Waters for Newsbusters.
“They exist in their homes and newsrooms without having violence visit their front doors.”
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