I’ve been mulling this over since August 12th.
The only failure at #UniteTheRight was the policing. If it hadn’t been for the police breakdown, everything would have gone according to plan. The Antifas would have been cleared at the Jefferson monument. We would have had a massive peaceful rally with safe entry and exit.
Just watch the livestream below. The violence was caused by the police breakdown. You can see the police standing around and doing nothing while Antifa blockade the event, bombard Lee Park with projectiles and attack people trying to enter the rally. There are no barricades. There’s not even an attempt to separate the two sides. Instead, the police stand behind the barricades.
The vast majority of our people enter Lee Park and begin socializing. The shield wall takes up a defensive position at the entrances to Lee Park. This was due to the failure of the police to enforce a neutral barrier. You can also see the shield wall race into the crowd to rescue people who are attacked. #UniteTheRight protesters actually show little interest in engaging with the Antifa.
I’ve been to dozens of events and have never seen anything resembling the policing on display in the video below. It is incomprehensible. Everywhere else I have been the police established and enforced a neutral barrier. It makes even less sense when you consider the fact that the Department of Homeland Security warned McAuliffe and Charlottesville about the potential for violence.
There’s no way this was an accident. The fact that the police pushed the #UniteTheRight protesters directly into the crowd of Antifa shows that they were encouraging violence. What were their orders?