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The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights was quick to condemn the white supremacists involved in the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, but they voted down a proposal to also condemn violence from the the far-left group Antifa.
In a vote to include Antifa in the official commission statement, four Democratic commissioners voted “no.” The Republican who proposed it, Gail Heriot, and the Republican who seconded the proposal, Peter Kirsanow, were the only two who voted “yes.”
“Though we support peaceful protest and note that most of the counter-demonstrators were peaceful, we condemn violence by anyone, including violence by so-called Antifa demonstrators,” Heriot proposed, according to the Washington Examiner.
On “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Kirsanow said the commission unanimously agreed that white nationalists and neo-Nazis should be condemned for their role in the violence, but the Democratic commissioners resisted including Antifa in the resolution because of their own political leanings.
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“That type of viewpoint discrimination is antithetical to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights,” Kirsanow said. “You could easily say that if the situation were reversed 50 years ago, where would the United States Commission on Civil Rights be?”
Carlson said it seems like the principle of equal protection under the law is “under attack.”
“It’s under attack. It’s under attack at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights,” Kirsanow said. “We’re engaging in identity politics to a poisonous degree. It’s getting to be extremely dangerous.”
He added that we’re going down a “very dangerous path” if we don’t have an unbiased government and media.
“It can only end badly,” he warned. “And I would hope that we reverse this and seek to apply the law and seek to apply the way we condemn violence in a universal fashion and an even-handed fashion.”
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