A bizarre, rambling radio interview has House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) now playing defense.

Hosted by “centrist” broadcast legend Ronn Owens, Pelosi appeared on KGO / San Francisco Tuesday, vocally supporting the clear threat to public safety posed by Antifa, a far-left group behind increasingly disturbing street violence.

The unpleasant fallout has since caused her to backtrack, publicly denouncing Antifa’s actions.

But Pelosi’s sudden U-turn is a far cry from what listeners heard Tuesday.

After the mandatory Trump-bashing, they were treated to a Q & A on the behavior of Antifa in Berkeley last weekend, in which 13 people were injured and dozens were gassed by black clad thugs wearing face masks. A handful of free speech activists were clubbed, beaten and driven from the University area and needed rescue by Berkeley cops.

Pelosi, who has a reputaton of interesting, on-the-record insights, shared her thoughts about what happened in her district a few days ago.

Hint: it was a grilling!

Hear it here:

OWENS: You and Ed Lee (Mayor of San Francisco) have been under fire because of charges white supremacists in San Francisco, to some degree I bought it, until I started looking up Joey Gibson, (Patriot Prayer organizer) until I saw pictures of him wearing T-shirts that said ‘F-neo-Nazis, F-White Supremacists.’ What’s the basis of calling them neo-Nazis?

PELOSI: Because of these events, and who these people attract [….] there was a movement that was energized by neo-Nazis after Charlottesville, and Boston and they are energized to go around the country. I didn’t think that Chrissy Field, which is a national park, which is a national venue, is an appropriate venue, which can provoke violence.

OWENS: The GGNRA makes the decision themselves, right?

PELOSI: Well, I don’t know who made the decision. I think it was a terrible decision for them to make. What’s next? Ellis Island, what, are we going to be against immigrants? Yellowstone National Park? These are places were people go for peaceful recreation with their families. It shouldn’t be a venue that is closed for two days so they can put up 4000 feet of barricades to keep people away.

OWENS: So San Francisco worked out just fine but the next day you go to Berkeley, and you’ve got Antifa […]they cover their faces so you can’t identify them. There should be similar disgust connected with them as there is to people on the far right?

PELOSI: Well, what is Antifa? Antifa is an organization that is fighting against Nazism. As an organization that is one thing but people who act violently should um, be, um, conde-, uh, (long pause) rejected. We should reject any violence—.

OWENS: But the violence in Berkeley was Antifa.

PELOSI: So, when you say it’s Antifa, maybe it was individuals in Antifa.  Therefore, anybody who’s committed an act of violence, that needs to be addressed. But you can’t give equivalence to an organization whose purpose is fight Naziism and the Nazis. You can’t give credence to an organization that is to Heil Hitler, that is not right.

OWENS: I understand what you mean, but when you have the far right, as horrible as they may be, and the far left equals it in terms of violence, and then you get the idea of recognition. Say what you will at least the far right is standing up for what they believe. Antifa, they have masks and cover themselves, they are COWARDS.

PELOSI: But one is hateful of Nazism, and the other is not.

Maybe the former Speaker should read a little deeper into the pages of the Washington Post, the favorite go-to spot for Democrats. She might be illuminated about the true nature of Patriot Prayer:

“The organizer of the anti-Marxism protest is not a white supremacist. Amber Cummings is a self-described “transsexual female who embraces diversity” and had announced on Facebook that “any racist groups like the KKK [and] Neo Nazis . . . are not welcome.” The protest was needed, Cummings said, because “Berkeley is a ground zero for the Marxist Movement.”

Lest Democrats miss the talking points from the BezoPost, here it is: “let’s be clear: Totalitarian is precisely what they are. Mark Bray, a Dartmouth lecturer who has defended Antifa’s violent tactics recently explained in the Post, “Its adherents are predominantly communists, socialists and anarchists” who believe that physical violence “is both ethically justifiable and strategically effective.” In other words, they are no different from neo-Nazis. Neo-Nazis are the violent advocates of a murderous ideology that killed 25 million people last century.

Antifa members are the violent advocates of a murderous ideology that, according to “The Black Book of Communism,” killed between 85 million and 100 million people last century. Both practice violence and preach hate. They are morally indistinguishable.”


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