After a week of rioting, it would be hard for anyone to look at what happened and believe that there’s no threat to be had from rioters. This is especially true as information spread that rioters might be considering moving to the suburbs. Plenty of people had reason to be concerned, especially since riots seemed to be happening everywhere.
While things appear to be settling down in some places, at least for now, no one knew that was likely.
However, it seems the leftist media–and I’m not talking about the mainstream media that also trends left–has decided any warnings of violence are completely baseless. In a story titled, “Virginia Sen. Amanda Chase Foments Fear Among Gun-Owners, Baselessly Warns of ‘Antifa’ Threat,” the leftist site Right-Wing Watch reported:
Republican Virginia state Sen. Amanda Chase uploaded a video to Facebook yesterday in which she tells gun owners to be “on alert” for the potential presence of anti-fascist activists in their area.
In a live broadcast on her official Facebook page, Chase told viewers that anti-fascist activists were present in Richmond, Virginia, and were potentially going to fan out to “targets” in the greater Richmond area. She told viewers—specifically gun owners—to be “on alert” in their communities.
“If you are a Second Amendment supporter—someone who carries—just pay close attention to what’s going on. Protect your family,” Chase said. “Be cognizant of what’s going on around you.”
Chase went on to say that any anti-fascists who attempted “hijack” rallies happening in the greater Richmond area were “going to be in for a real surprise” because “there are a number of people from the 2A [Second Amendment] community who have been activated who are on active alert.”
Probably a poor choice of words–after all, the Second Amendment community isn’t nearly organized enough to have anyone “activated”–but what the leftist site failed to note is that the concerns weren’t exactly baseless. There was a lot of talk about just that happening and Antifa had already wrecked numerous American cities with outright lawlessness.
The site then goes on to run a list of issues Chase has had in the past, committing a strawman fallacy where they attack the speaker and not the message.
That’s probably because they can’t attack the message. They had no evidence that Antifa wasn’t likely to spread out. We still don’t know that they won’t. Just because the media is reporting that the violence is dying down doesn’t mean it won’t flare back up. No one knows what’s next, so Chase saying that the violence might spread isn’t exactly a radical concept.
It’s just a concept that Right-Wing Watch is uncomfortable with.
At the top of their website, they state:
To our readers: Right Wing Watch, a project for People For the American Way, is run by a dedicated staff driven to shed light on the activities of right-wing political organizations. As a non-profit working hard every day to expose the Far-Right’s extreme and intolerant agenda, our main source of support is donations from readers like you. If you use Right Wing Watch, please consider making a contribution to support this content.
The “Far-Right’s extreme and intolerant agenda?”
No one on the right is looting and burning down cities. Yet warning that they might spread out and hit the suburbs is extreme and intolerant?
Well…my days of not taking Far-Right Watch seriously are coming to a middle.