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In Defense of So-Called Both-Sidism

Over the last 24 hours, it’s become unacceptable in some quarters to point out that there was violence on both sides in Charlottesville, even though it’s unassailably true. Here is a New York Times reporter from yesterday:

Here is another reporter who was filing for the New York Times, Hawes Spencer, via Mike Allen’s e-newsletter:

The entirety of Downtown Charlottesville looked like a war zone. Protesters maced each other, threw water bottles and urine balloons — some of which hit reporters — and generally beat the crap out of each other with flagpoles.

This doesn’t make the neo-Nazis any better; they are obviously evil, and their idiot march was the proximate cause of the violence, and one of them committed an act of murder and domestic terrorism. But anti-fa is also hate-filled and violent and was spoiling for a fight. Any person of good will committed to liberal values should be perfectly happy to denounce them both.

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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