Huh? CNN commentator says Antifa ‘widely perceived’ as a black organization

by WorldTribune Staff, August 30, 2018

The violent leftist Antifa movement is “widely perceived as an African-American organization,” according to CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

Following President Donald Trump’s warning that Antifa violence would likely erupt if Democrats win the midterms, Toobin said, “Let’s be clear also about what’s going on here. The theme here is, ‘I’m Donald Trump and I’ll protect you from the scary black people.’ ”

Tweet from Paul Joseph Watson @PrisonPlanet: Hi, @JeffreyToobin you said last night on CNN that ‘Antifa is widely perceived as an African-American organization.’ Reality begs to differ.

Toobin continued: “This is about black versus white. This is about Donald Trump’s appeal to racism and it just happens all the time. And we never say it. We don’t say it enough for what it is, but that’s what’s going on here.”

Which left many observers wondering – has Toobin ever seen reports on Antifa’s protests?

Video and photo coverage – along with plenty of police mugshots – show Antifa to be an overwhelmingly white group of people.

Or, as one Twitter user put it: “Antifa is whiter than Pat Boone making a mayonnaise sandwich with Wonder bread in a Minnesota snowstorm.”

TPUSA’s Candace Owens, a black conservative commentator, blasted CNN and Toobin on Twitter.

“This is literally @CNN being HORRIBLY RACIST. Blaming black Americans for crimes that an ALL-WHITE gang commits—why? Because white Democrats are incapable of violence, and only black democrats are? UNBELIEVABLY RACIST @JeffreyToobin. ANTIFA has nothing to do with the blacks.”

Speaking to Breitbart News, Owens said that what Toobin said is “horrifically racist” and “reminiscent of the 1950s when violence committed by white people was blamed on blacks.” During that time, “it went unchecked,” she added, “and what happened on CNN, falsely blaming black youth for the violence of white youth, cannot go unchecked this time.”

Meanwhile, many in the left-leaning media were quick to inject race into the contest for Florida governor following the Aug. 28 primaries.

After Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is black, won the Democratic primary in an upset, Republican gubernatorial nominee Rep. Ron DeSantis advised Floridians not to “monkey this up” by selecting a “socialist agenda” via a Democrat governor.

Media outlets such as HuffPo, The Hill and CNN framed the comment as racial.

The DeSantis campaign released a statement in response: “Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Gillum espouses. … To characterize it as anything else is absurd. Florida’s economy has been on the move for the last eight years, and the last thing we need is a far-left democrat trying to stop our success.”

Flashback to Sept. 3, 2008 and then-Sen. Barack Obama, in a campaign speech at Kent State University, warned supporters that politicians had “monkeyed around” with elections.

“I come from Chicago. It’s not as if it’s just Republicans who have monkeyed around with elections in the past. Sometimes Democrats have, too. You know, whenever people are in power, they have this tendency to try to tilt things in their direction.”

Did the media launch into outraged accusations of racism then?


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