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The Washington Post's Relationship With Antifa Is Complicated

Jeff Katz
June 25, 2020 - 12:56 pm

The Washington Post is going out of its way to defend the thugs of Antifa simply because the group isn't organized enough to blame for any violence it has caused.

The Post's "Monkey Cage" blog has recently promoted Curd Knupfer, a liberal German professor who is whining about right wing websites "demonizing" poor little Antifa. Knupfer defends the group by calling it more of a "loose ideology" than an organization, making it impossible to lay blame on it for any violence during protests:

Antifa has been in the news lately. Donald Trump recently tweeted out his intention to declare “ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization,” while Attorney General William P. Barr blamed the group for inciting violence and sowing discord. Right-wing media websites are suddenly using the term much more. These discussions appear to have had real-world consequences, as armed right-wing militants have taken to U.S. streets to counter the antifa threat. But no substantial evidence suggests that dangerous antifa terrorists are threatening public safety, or even that any antifa “organization” exists.

Because antifa is a loose ideology that lacks any formal or centralized structure, others can easily use it to demonize individuals who may have little in common except their opposition to far-right actions.