Sen. Tim Kaine , D-Va., refused to condemn the far-left street organization antifa on Thursday, claiming he doesn’t know enough about the group to impart judgement.
“I don’t like broad brushes and I don’t know enough about them to say that they’re terrorists but people who do violent things,” Kaine told the Daily Caller during an interview.
“The law should take care of them,” he added.
Kaine signed a bipartisan resolution Wednesday condemning “white nationalists, white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other hate groups,” for their role in the violence that erupted during a Charlottesville, VA. rally last month. However, Kaine’s list did not include antifa.
When asked by The Daily Caller why antifa was not included, Kaine said, “Because that wasn’t really the issue in Charlottesville at all.”
In May, Kaine’s son Linwood joined an anti-Trump riot and attacked Trump supporters during a protest in Minnesota. He was arrested along with four others for setting off smoke bombs and fireworks.
Kaine commented on his son’s arrest during an interview with CNN.
“We love that our three children have their own views and concerns about current political issues. They fully understand the responsibility to express those concerns peacefully,” he said at the time.
Following Trump’s inauguration in January, Kaine suggested that Democrats should be fighting in the streets to oppose the president’s agenda.
“What we’ve got to do is fight in Congress, fight in the courts, fight in the streets, fight online, fight at the ballot box, and now there’s the momentum to be able to do this,” Kaine said during an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
“And we’re not afraid of the popular outcry, we’re energized by it and that’s going to help us do our job and do it better.”
Antifa has already been classified as a domestic terror threat by New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security.
“Anti-fascist groups, or ‘antifa,’ are a subset of the anarchist movement and focus on issues involving racism, sexism, and anti-Semitism, as well as other perceived injustices,” a statement from the New Jersey DHS said in June.
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source: Western Journalism