Chris Cuomo Defends Antifa After Violence: ‘Not to Be Judged the Same as the Bigots’

“In a clash between hate and those who oppose it, those who oppose it are on the side of right,” says CNN anchor on Monday

Chris Cuomo delivered a passionate monologue on Monday evening, defending Antifa after several incidents of violence from its members over the weekend while counter-protesting against white supremacists in Washington D.C. and Charlottesville, Virginia.

The CNN anchor said there could be no “moral equivalency” between violence from the two camps and that outbursts from those protesting hate was more excusable than those promoting hate.

“It’s not about being right in the eyes of the law, but you also have to know what’s right and wrong in a moral and a good and evil sense,” said Cuomo  “That’s why people who show up to fight against bigots are not to be judged the same as the bigots, even if they do resort to the same kinds of petty violence. The law will take care of that.”

Cuomo also said that the issue was comparable to fighting an immoral enemy in a war or the civil rights movement.

“Fighting against hate matters,” he said. “In a clash between hate and those who oppose it, those who oppose it are on the side of right.”

On Sunday, less than two dozen supremacists were met in Washington D.C and Charlottesville by hundreds of counter-protesters. Many were members of Antifa, the self-described anti-fascist group, and multiple instances were reported of journalists being heckled, shoved or otherwise impeded from doing their work. Cuomo’s colleagues, Brian Stelter and Jake Tapper both condemned the violence

The rallies were organized by white supremacists groups looking to mark the one year anniversary of the deadly “Unite The Right” rallies in Charlottesville. That clash drew hundreds of torch-bearing white nationalists and resulted in the death of counter-protester Heather Heyer.

President Trump infamously declined to explicitly condemn the white nationalists saying that there were “very fine people” on “both sides”