Brian Fallon, the campaign spokesman for failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, compared Antifa protesters to the allied forces during War World II.
In a Tuesday tweet, Fallon included a picture of allied forces invading Normandy on June 6, 1944. Also known as D-Day, the invasion at Normandy included some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landing at five locations along a 50-mile stretch of France’s coast. The beaches were intensely fortified, and the allies took heavy casualties.
Because of the heroic actions of the soldiers that day, by August 1944, northern France had been liberated from the Nazis, and by the following spring, the Germans had been defeated.
Applauded as a turning point in the war, D-Day has been credited as being the beginning of the end of WWII.
In Fallon’s tweet, he wrote: “Also confronted the Nazis without a permit.”
Also confronted the Nazis without a permit: pic.twitter.com/3c2f3X9slC
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) August 16, 2017
Fallon was referencing the fact that the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, began as a protest by nationalist groups who had a permit to assemble and were also joined by fringe white supremacist groups. All the groups arrived to protest the removal of a Confederate statue of General Robert E Lee. However, counter protesters, with no permit, arrived to rebuke the white supremacists.
As The Daily Caller reports:
“Counter protesters showed up with balloons filled with ink and paint. Antifa also sprayed chemicals at white supremacists as well.”
Antifa activists have shown a willingness to act violently in the past. In one video, a white man is attacked from behind by a group clad in black, the hallmark of Antifa activists.
It’s a peaceful protest, they say pic.twitter.com/kwAvrzjfXa
— John Norcali (@JohnNorcali) August 15, 2017
Fallon’s tweet attracted hundreds of comments, but one early comment sums up how most people felt about the comparison between Antifa and war vets. Rick Barnes wrote: “D-Day heroes, like my uncle, compared to Antifa? It’s a shame my uncle isn’t alive to educate on how incredibly moronic this tweet is.”
D-Day heroes, like my uncle, compared to Antifa? It’s a shame my uncle isn’t alive to educate on how incredibly moronic this tweet is.
— Rick Barnes™ (@soonerrick) August 16, 2017
Antifa, or anti-fascist, activists have often been said to use tactics similar to those used by the Nazis during WWII. They’re also not very respectful, considering they came armed with bats and clubs to the funeral of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer.
Taylor Lorenz, a reporter from The Hill who was covering the funeral, posted a notice on Twitter stating that the “[a]nti-fascist activists have just shown up outside the theater with baseball bats and purple shields.”
The activists reportedly stated they came armed because “the police won’t protect the people.”
Lorenz later tweeted, “Group now swarmed by reporters. Honestly dumb to roll up w/ bats to a memorial service & expect that that’s not what the media will focus on.”
Lorenz herself was caught in the wrath of Antifa at Charlottesville, when a protester punched her in the face and yelled “stop f_cking recording” when she attempted to film the riots. Lorenz can be heard screaming as her phone hits the ground.
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