WSJ Turns On Antifa: Violent, Black-Clad Protesters Are "Dividing The Left"

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Since Bay Area TV anchor Frank Somerville published an honest description of "the hate" he experienced from "violent, clad in black" protesters while trying to document a right-wing rally in Berkeley, the liberal media has decidedly turned against AntiFa – the loosely organized band of black-clad thugs who show up to “counter-protest” at conservative events and demonstrations around the country. WSJ's report describes the group as the left-wing equivalent of the fascists and white supremacists that AntiFa claims to oppose - characterization that the media has so far been reluctant to embrace.

This week, The Wall Street Journal has jumped on the bandwagon, publishing a deeply researched history of the group, and interviewing other leftist organizers who’ve criticized the group for being too violent and damaging the credibility of the left. 

In one scene, WSJ recollects how Antifa protesters viciously attacked a small crowd of right-wing demonstrators who showed up last month’s “No to Marxism” rally in Berkeley, even though the rally had been canceled. Using clubs and wooden shields emblazoned with “no hate,” groups of around half a dozen beat and chased their outnumbered “adversaries” out of the park.

As one long-time liberal activist in Massachusetts noted, Antifa’s tactics are dividing the resurgent leftist movement that has coalesced around opposition to President Donald Trump.
AntiFa “doesn’t represent us,” she told WSJ.

“The antifa tactics are testing the liberal movement that has galvanized in opposition to Mr. Trump—creating a rift among its leaders, organizers and demonstrators about whether to denounce a radical fringe, some of whose antidiscrimination objectives, if not tactics, they share.


James Hannon, a psychotherapist and seasoned liberal organizer in Massachusetts who marched at a recent Boston rally against racism, said elements of the antifa movement that use confrontational tactics allow others to blur the line between leftist groups and the hate groups against which they protest.


“The social justice, the peace movement, the left or just progressives really have to start calling out the antifa and say, `Hey, hey, hey, you don’t represent us,’ ” said Mr. Hannon, 67 years old. “’We’re surrendering a moral high ground.’”

As we reported last week, one leader of an AntiFa group based in Washington DC explained in an editorial published by the Hill that violence is a core tenant of the group’s philosophy. He also explained his bizarre belief that Nazis and fascists have infiltrated the highest levels of US police departments and the military.

One WSJ reporter described being threatened by an AntiFa protester while attempting to peacefully document the rally.

“Protesters in dark get-ups set off smoke bombs, toppled police barricades and smashed the cameras of some journalists and bystanders. “You do it again, I’ll break your phone,” a man in a Spider-Man mask told a Wall Street Journal reporter who was taking photographs.”

Even Berkeley’s major condemned the black-clad protesters following last month’s rally.

Mayor Arreguin of Berkeley disagreed: “We saw a large group of black-clad extremists who really turned a peaceful protest on its head.”

A Green Party organizer who spoke with WSJ said she opposes AntiFa’s willingness to resort to violence, and its anti-democratic messaging.

“At a March antiracism rally in Minneapolis, she said, activists chanted “punch a Nazi in the face” and lighted on fire a scarecrow dressed as a white nationalist. “The people who end up taking the rap for it are black organizers,” said Ms. Pree-Stinson, 36, who described herself as a black Latina.


In Boston, masked counterprotesters distributed fliers titled “WHY ANTIFA?” The leaflets criticized the “liberal” approach of believing that elections, courts, the Constitution, a free press and other institutions would “prevent things from going too far.”


They called for “uncompromising militancy” against fascists and said antifa “must force their hate out of public spaces by any means necessary.”

By our count, WSJ is the fifth mainstream media organization to publish a story criticizing the group, which came to national prominence after its involvements with rioting at President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Here's a collection of some of the other headlines...



The Washington Post:

The Atlantic:

The LA Times:

A survey published last month demanding that the White House label AntiFa a terrorist group received the 100,000 signatures needed to demand a response. Meanwhile, last month, the media reported that the Department of Homeland Security described AntiFa as a purveyor of "domestic terrorism" in internal communications.

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Stan522's picture

This is no different that how supposedly there are "good muslims" that do not support jihad by the sword..... but remain silent and won't speak out against it, which in my book has no difference........

IridiumRebel's picture

Former Boyscouts of America for sure....

Gorgeous's picture

Soros Inc. will have to study these "disturbing trends" in the MSM, and tone it down for a bit.  Somehow it will trickle down, "...lose the baseball bats for next excursion"


Brazen Heist's picture

Soros-backed groups backfiring on the cause?

The Deep State of imbreds is not so smart.

earleflorida's picture

the 'Internationalist' are winning!



shovelhead's picture

I want to carry my sign at the next Antifa rally.

"I don't care about Free Speech...

I'm just here to grab some pussy".

Should be fun.

mc888's picture

Have you seen their women?

Rebelrebel7's picture

Absurd infinitum! Some of the  militia members in the photo appear to be in their 30's.

Nearly all are white. I guess that that would qualify them as being labeled a white supremist militia hate group by the SPLC.

wisehiney's picture

If you open your gate and let out vicious dogs.

They will bite your friends as well as your enemies.

Until the right guy comes along.

Then they will bite no more.

serotonindumptruck's picture

That was awesome.

More, please.

samsara's picture

“When Fascism comes to America, it will call itself anti-Fascism. My own belief, more than once set afloat from this spot, is that it will take us, soon or late, into the stormy waters of Fascism. To be sure, that Fascism is not likely to be identical with the kinds on tap in Germany, Italy and Russia; indeed, it is very apt to come in under the name of anti-Fascism.”

– H.L. Mencken (1938)

847328_3527's picture

Half of WSJ and 90% of the new York Slime and NPR are antifa.

jet20's picture

In other words, Trump was right about "many sides".

The lyin' press can't just print it quite like that without being exposed as the hypocritical word rapists they are.

aloha_snakbar's picture

Pussies...not the fun kind,either...

Rattling Bones's picture

Actually Antifa is a violent communist front group that very much does represent Leftist groups, the Leftists are just too stupid to realize this is where their idiotic ideology leads.

samsara's picture

Ah, the Red Brigade was CIA too

Antifa is just Bader

Collectivism Killz's picture

The establishment left was hoping for a civil war, until they remembered who has all the guns

CaptainObvious's picture

They've never forgotten who has the guns.  It was just that they were hoping the guns would have been confiscated by now.

Sparehead's picture

And every failed attempt has resulted in surges of new owners, and greater stockpiling by existing owners.

DEMIZEN's picture

i see them practice in the park using baseball bats with two fat ends. wtf is that. looks like majorettes?

Got The Wrong No's picture

Some people are just too stupid to know which end of the hammer to use. 

Umh's picture

I have a suspicion than many of the Antifa crowd were sourced from anarchist communities. Having listened to more than a few so called anarchists over the years I find their logic to be circular at best and mostly a vain attempt to explain away their personal failures.

Umh's picture

"The first step in a fascist movement is the combination under an energetic leader of a number of men who possess more than the average share of leisure, brutality, and stupidity. The next step is to fascinate fools and muzzle the intelligent, by emotional excitement on the one hand and terrorism on the other." Bertrand Russell 1940

samsara's picture

Up vote for quoting Russell

are we there yet's picture

IF Soros funds Antifa and other combative organizations, why is he never charged with anything? Those who have been beaten up by his fronts, could make a legally suable case against deep pockets Soros.

navy62802's picture

He has $$$ in a lot of places. Mainstream news. Hollywood. Most importantly, Congress ... via his web of NGO's, non-profits, and PACs.

On a side note, I firmly believe Soros has deep ties to the CIA. His NGO's regularly pop up wherever there are government-destabilizing events transpiring, whether it's Ukraine, Libya, Syria, throughout Europe, and in the US. It is not a coincidence that George Soros' organizations show up in those countries where the CIA is trying to interfere.

navy62802's picture

Seems like the WSJ is waking up to reality. First they voice concern about the FBI's meddling in the election, now they're questioning the Communist Antifa. I like it.

Is-Be's picture

And the combined might of the USA military is unable to defeat a bunch of Bolsheviks with batons?

Something is wrong in this story.

Where are the snipers? Where are the machine gun nests?

pizdowitz's picture

WSJ is a Communist megaphone, just like the Economist. Fuckers were all for antifa, and any and all means to destroy US.

It's amazing what a single phone call from CIA can do to people.

Sorry_about_Dresden's picture

WSJ is Rothschild rag. USSA Greater Isreal Project. Just get used to it!

ModernMusket's picture

AntiFa defines the new emerging Left.

drugranker's picture

Most LGBT activists support antifa. In recent Portland riots nearly every member identified as the opposite gender or no gender. Instead of fluoride in water which decreases IQ, the cheapest medication which cures dysphoria should be added to water.

Anunnaki's picture

Antifa are part of a typical Soros color revolution. What is our color? I vote white. For butthurt Snowflakes

DaBard51's picture

Divided left, bad, is it?  Hmmm....




When nine hundred years old you become, look this good you will not.

dsty's picture

Way to go WSJ!

dunce's picture

It is all kabuki, the democratsa ere just trying to distasnce themselves from the protests all the while insisting that they have legitimate grieviances and not only a right to protest butb a duty to resist by any means needed.

jack stephan's picture

Weather underground types, at least they looked female or male back then, made into dress wearing nail polish having  mirror make up using bearded fruits next to ugly Chris farley looking women, in name only women.

I mean where do I even begin, everyone I know shoots, all the calibers, even cowboy shit,  even the children.  People are extra industrial strength macho til they get hit with a projectile, heated and at high speed.  The human body is very fragile, ask a paramedic.

Panic, wiggly, kicking around, they throw a blanket over your legs, convulsing panic, with bugeyes, and leaking red red vino is all you're going to get.  Yet you fancy apes never let up.  You really need hobbies, communism is gay, capitalism is crooked, brutally too.  and I will say it is, but it's slightly less gay and useless.

I have dinners, suppers for the mid westerners.  Live In the hood as your college, start with, I don't know.......kansas city and see where you're idealism goes.  Giraffe neck ass bitches

MaskOfZero's picture

"violence is a core tenant of the group’s philosophy"

Tenet, damn it!  Tenet!


dogismycopilot's picture

What's fucking bizzare is that ZH is probably a better newspaper than the WSJ!

ANTIFA is the leading edge of the US Democrats who are now the ISIS party of the USA.

WSJ is slow on the uptake...shit is happening so fast that the old institutions of the world struggle to keep up.

Faeriedust's picture

Most Nazis and KKK I have known have been intellectuals who would have been terrified or ashamed of using force.  When I have advocated forceful resistance, I have done so in the context of defense against direct, violent police attacks.  I applauded the organization of veterans to protect protesters at the Occupy rallies.  But Antifa has turned from this purpose to direct action against other protesters in a typical "divide and conquer" strategy on the part of the PTB.  It's beginning to look like Northern Ireland out there.

What idiocy.  FOCUS, people.  Don't pick fights with the other peasants; it's the nobles you have to march to the guillotine.

redmudhooch's picture

AntifA = Bolshevik Jews, funny how skinheads only exist where Antifa exists huh? Commiefornia?

They will label Antifa as terrorists, then they will label ALL of us Antifa.

"Antifa" are acting as anti-corruptgovt like most of us are, they will tie us to Antifa.

When real patriots get out and march, they send in Antifa to infiltrate, BOOM, we are now Antifa.

They've done this to every group and movement since I can remember.

Who is funding Antifa and skinheads?

redmudhooch's picture

There seems to be one Antifa-funding spook running around ZH downvoting all intelligent posts...

Fuck you spook!

redmudhooch's picture

Want to know what an Antifa meeting sounds like? A brave anon has infiltrated and recorded a meeting. The raw audio is a little muffled but still audible.

>!7MghDQbZ (70MB .mp3 file, over an hour an a half)


Highlights include them admitting affiliation with the JDL, admitting being a violent organization and going beyond a "peaceful vigil" with confrontation. They discuss logistics and shutting down the event with intimidation and by drowning them out with noise and chanting. Even though the nationalist group has the venue booked they plan on assembling without permits and they said that was ok. General SJW faggotry abounds on the tape. Everyone was forced to introduce themselves by pronouns and talk of racism and hatred of the police was prominent. Punching nazis was discussed and hatred for nazi's. Also the audio features classic cult leader tactics from the JDL representative as he breaks down resistance to using violence with groupthink and fear of the other side. There's some good bits in here that can help redpill more people to their tactics. Anyone want to comb the audio and work some meme magic and spread the good bits?