Yesterday was a dark day for America in more ways than one, as the Charlottesville, Virginia area was rocked by violent clashes of protesters and counter protesters.
A “white nationalist” rally had been scheduled for Saturday in the lovely city of Charlottesville, but that gathering had earlier been declared “unlawful” by government officials hoping to quell any anger and violence that was surely to come. The demonstrators took to the streets anyway, ignoring the pleas of city officials and drawing the attention of a multitude of counter protesters hellbent on creating chaos.
As the demonstrations turned predictably violent, the most disturbing story to come out of the action was that of a frustrated driver who plowed into a crowd with his vehicle, killing one and injury over a dozen.
Now, as the aftermath of the incidents begin to sort themselves out, we are hearing even more lurid tales of violence, with at least one reporter being accosted by radical leftist thugs.
“A female reporter for the Hill was allegedly punched by an ‘Antifa’ protester in the wake of a deadly car attack in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday as she tried to film the ensuing chaos.
“Taylor Lorenz was filming the site of the incident that left at least one person dead — after a car was driven into a crowd of ‘anti-fascist’ protesters responding to a parallel white nationalist protest in the city. The suspect was identified by police late Saturday as 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr.
“According to video given to DailyMail.com by Lorenz (who is a former reporter for the outlet), a nearby shirtless protester objects to her filming the resulting pandemonium and is heard asking her to stop filming. When she refuses to put her camera away, he appears to punch her and yells ‘stop [expletive] recording.’ Lorenz can be heard yelling as her phone hits the ground, and others intervene.”
The ugliness of the Charlottesville demonstration was only exacerbated by these leftist thugs who again attempted to stifle free speech with violence.
Certainly, the White Nationalists of Charlottesville are in no way an example of what is great about America, however, their right to free speech is protected by our Constitution. With the left turning increasingly violent in hopes of deterring these unfortunate bigots from exercising this right, these liberal fascists have proven once again that they do not respect the First Amendment at all.