New Video Catches Brutal Leftist Violence in Charlottesville
“At least two journalists in Charlottesville were assaulted by people protesting the Klan/Nazi/alt-right rally,” Tapper tweeted. He then tweeted a link to journalist Taylor Lorenz, who was viciously assaulted by a violent “Antifa” activist.
Lorenz shared the “full video of the car ramming into protesters,” noting that the video “cuts off at the end” because “some a**hole came over and punched me in the face and kicked my phone for recording,” after Lorenz said she was press.
Lorenz added, “I’m filing a charge against the guy for punching me…” and then later confirmed that police had him in custody.
Tapper also linked to a video from Richmond’s CBS station, WTVR, saying that “a photojournalist with the Richmond CBS station also was assaulted while filming a counter-protest.” The photojournalist has not yet been named.
Tapper added that “a source at the station says he’s been out for three days with a concussion.”
After Tapper’s tweets, which seemed to confirm President Trump’s controversial claims that there was violence on “both sides” in Charlottesville, Antifa took to Facebook with a bizarre rant, defending their decision to beat up the Richmond CBS photojournalist.
“This man ran at a crowd that was holding space for our murdered comrade with just his iPhone.
Due to the intensity and context of this time people are very scared of white men running full speed at them with iPhones as this is the exact behavior of a white supremacist trying to out identity of people of color and anti fascists in order to invoke fear. Additionally, they also use press footage constantly to do this.
When this man ran up he was told people did not want to be filmed. He proceeded to film anyways. He was then told AGAIN that he was not to film people’s faces. He proceeded anyways. He intentionally ignored the denial of consent, still without identifying himself (though we still wouldn’t care), which was a threat to safety and should be considered in a context of perpetuating rape culture. Denial of consent by the media is still a denial of consent and is disgusting and parasitic behavior.
Once this man ignored people’s requests to please back off he tried to pull on a flag to expose someone’s face. This is extremely inappropriate and when the media thinks they have the right to expose people that do not want to be exposed they are perpetuating violence against marginalized or targeted communities.
After he tried to remove someone’s flag he was pushed back several times. At this point he began to give a mourning crowd the finger with both hands. We can only assume that this was the behavior of someone intoxicated. This behavior was taunting and escalating.
He STILL had not identified himself as press.
He continued to make advances and continued to get corralled back towards the sidewalk away from us. He had not fallen. He had not been hit. Only pushed back to give space to a grieving and righteously angry crowd.
He advanced still.
At this point there were folks that felt they were in extreme danger as no one knew who this man was or what his intentions were. He was now considered combative, aggressive and advancing with violence.
Then he got hit. Once. We aren’t sure with what or by who but he did and it was all due to his own ridiculous, likely drunk, behavior.
This is what happens when you make people feel scared and purposefully incite anger.”
Tapper summed up Antifa’s post with one word: “Disgusting.” He added, “These are unprovoked assaults on journalists doing their jobs—by those marching *against* the hateful racists.”
Despite Tapper’s willingness to objectively report what actually happened in Charlottesville, the stories about Antifa’s vicious attacks on members of the press have, unsurprisingly, still been left out of the mainstream media’s narrative.