There are no lengths that the right-wing won’t stoop to in their desperate efforts to smear and delegitimize the anti-fascist protesters that follow them whenever they try to congregate in public.
Last night’s speech at UC-Berkeley by former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro attracted a wide share of criticism from those on the left that don’t believe that the transphobic far-right extremist deserved a platform.
But the right-wing seized on it as an opportunity to force a confrontation with the “antifas,” or anti-fascist protestors, who have been out in force since the election of Trump doing their civic duty and Making Racists Afraid Again.
When no violence actually broke out, the MAGA chuds were forced to improvise. Kyle Chapman, the right-winger who became a meme (“Based Stickman”) for dressing up in a gas mask and waving around a stick at antifas, took to Twitter today to tell a wild tale about how a right-wing supporter was “stabbed in the neck” by “demon leftist scum.”
The Berkeley Police, on the other hand, had a very different version of the events.
She fell and wasn't pushed. No fight. That is what she told us at the scene. These are the actual facts.
— Berkeley Police (@berkeleypolice) September 15, 2017
Once again, the right-wing has been caught red-handed in a despicable and blatant lie, debunkable by the most cursory of fact-checks, in their desperate efforts to discredit those that are making they can’t preach their hate and their discrimination in comfort and security.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.