Republican Former Governor Pat McCrory’s Answer to White Supremacist Violence: Complain About Antifa

Republican Former Governor Pat McCrory’s Answer to White Supremacist Violence: Complain About Antifa

Former North Carolina governor Pat McCrory tried to tie white supremacist terror to violence committed by Antifa during an appearance on Meet the Press on Sunday.

If he was trying to convince anyone besides himself, he needed a stronger example.

In the wake of an apparent white nationalist attack aimed at killing and terrifying Hispanics, McCrory could at least admit that President Trump needs to condemn such violence. But, because there had to be a “but”:

“There’s no doubt the president has to come out with a strong statement. There are some white nationalists nuts and dangerous people out there, including in my state, that need to be called out. Radicals and Antifa nuts that attacked my car just blocks from here in a taxicab during the inauguration and jumped on my hood with hoods on. We have to call out radical left-wing groups and not give them any credibility whatsoever.”

Twenty people were gunned down by a white supremacist. Meanwhile, someone wearing a hood jumped on a cab McCrory was riding in during Trump’s inauguration, a weekend that saw a great deal of protests in Washington, D.C. Somehow in the former governor’s mind, these two situations are equitable.

There are people on the left who disagree with some of Antifa’s tactics. But one fact is undeniable: white supremacists in the Trump era are the ones racking up a body count in the name of their ideology. Antifa’s alleged violence amounts to little more than fistfights in the streets with some of those white supremacists.

Instead of even bothering to try and counter McCrory’s lame whataboutism, Chuck Todd just moved on to another topic. That was probably for the best.

Watch the video above, via NBC.

Gary Legum

Gary Legum has written about politics and culture for Independent Journal Review, Salon, The Daily Beast, Wonkette, AlterNet and McSweeney's, among others. He currently lives in his native state of Virginia.