- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 29, 2018

CNN’s Don Lemon defended the militant left-wing collective antifa during his show Tuesday night, arguing that while the anti-fascist movement has its problems with violence, no organization is “perfect.”

Mr. Lemon defended antifa while discussing President Trump’s controversial Charlottesville response last year with CNN White House correspondent Abby Phillips and American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan on “CNN Tonight.”

Mr. Trump was widely condemned last August after he denounced the “violence on many sides” in Charlottesville, but declined to explicitly rebuke white supremacists after one of them killed a counterprotester in a car-ramming attack.

Ms. Phillips argued Tuesday that Antifa has become a counterprotest to Mr. Trump’s Charlottesville response and the political environment that he’s created. Mr. Lemon agreed that while the group is guilty of committing some violence, its members are serving an overall mission of fighting fascism and don’t deserve to be compared to right-wing radicals like white supremacists.

“It says it right in the name: Antifa. Anti-fascism, which is what they were there [in Charlottesville] fighting,” Mr. Lemon said.

“Listen, no organization is perfect,” he added. “There was some violence. No one condones violence, but there were different reasons for Antifa and for these neo-Nazis to be there. One, racists, fascists, the other group, fighting racist fascists. There is a distinction there.”

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