Sgt. Angel: [Pausing from the fight] No listen wait wait wait wait wait Michael Listen. Is this what you really really want want?
Michael: [Pausing to Think] Yarp.
Sgt. Angel: Suit Yourself [Attacks]
Hot Fuzz 2007
The Battle at Berkeley where the feared thugs of Antifa, confronted for the very first time by a foe willing to punch back left the field humiliated, in full retreat subjected to not only beating including weggies is both a turning point and a time for decision for the group: Is violent confrontation what they really want?
Now it would be very easy to let Trump supporters assemble and have their rallies, it would be a simple thing to let speakers on the right speak and make their counter argument. There are certainly enough leftists in California to allow them to dwarf Trump events if they can get the folks to turn out, but their entire MO to this point has been violence and intimidation and if they can’t intimidate then they’re just another group of leftists whining about the election.
On the other hand it’s now been clearly established that:
- Trump Supporters can fight and win even facing bricks and Pepper Spray.
- The same police that didn’t engage to stop Antifa from beating people are just as willing to sit back and let them get beaten too.
So Antifa is going to continue to go the violence route they are either going to have to escalate with lethal weaponry or augment their numbers perhaps persuading the Black Panthers or some Latin Gangs to fight with them.
The problem with the former is they will almost certainly be outgunned by the Jacksonian Trump supporters who I suspect will not hesitate to return fire (which would likely create the Martyrs that the anti-Trump left is hoping for) and it it becomes the later then they will lose all control over the situation and could lead to bloodshed on a scale they neither want nor imagine.
So what will it be Antifa, will you choose to respect the free right of Americans to assemble and speak or will you choose violence and escalation and all the personal risks it will involve?
Is that what you really want, Yarp or Narp?