Earlier this week, two Trump supporters received a sentence of four years in jail for what many believe was self-defense.
Proud Boys members Maxwell Hare and John Kinsman were sentenced by Judge Mark Dwyer, who also delivered a lecture, making his bias quite clear in this matter.
Self Defense or Assault?
Your level of outrage over this sentence will depend on how you perceive the actions of these two men.
In a released video, Hare and Kinsman seem to be the victims of an assault by several ANTIFA members.
While it seems to be clear ANTIFA started the brawl, it is also quite clear the Proud Boys members were the ones who finished it.
In their trial, they used self-defense as their defense, but the judge believes they went too far.
Dwyer stated, “It’s a shame when some people jump up and down on a platform and their followers, their soldiers, get in trouble.
“I’m not sure the most moral responsibility belongs to these two defendants.”
After the sentence was handed down, Assistant DA Joshua Steinglass seemed a bit upset, as he was arguing for a five-year sentence.
He stated, “This was not a schoolyard brawl. These are adults who should know better.”
He, of course, has probably never been in a street brawl where you do what you have to in order to survive. (To see the full video, click here).
Racists or Patriots?
Part of the problem in all of this is the hate group designation that hangs over the Proud Boys.
The group was founded by Gavin McInnes, who has been associated with white nationalism.
McInnes, however, has always claimed the labels of being an extremist group or having ties with white nationalist groups are completely bogus.
While the Proud Boys have shown up at events where white nationalists have attended, these are generally “conservative” events that are more political than race-based.
There is also the fact the current chairman of the Proud Boys is Enrique Tarrio, who is of Cuban descent.
One of the men charged in this case, Kinsman, also happens to be married to a black woman and has three children with her.
Kinsman has expressed his regret about the incident, saying that he acted in the moment without thinking and “made a mistake.”
We have long railed against ANTIFA being allowed to show up in battle gear and masks as well as liberals, Democrats, and the media sticking up for them as though they are some type of social justice group.
If you looked at that video, the two men were clearly on the defensive early. If you felt you were being threatened, would you honestly stop fighting when the person went down or would you make sure they stayed down?
The sentence of four years, in this case, seems overly biased based on a similar case where an ANTIFA member was actually arrested.
This case had active participants on both sides, whereas the previous ruling for the ANTIFA member was a clear case of assault.
A 56-year-old Trump supporter left a conservative event and was followed and eventually attacked by David Campbell, 32, a member of ANTIFA.
Campbell punched and choked the man, but he was only sentenced to 18 months.
What is even more bothersome is the fact that none of the ANTIFA members that started the fight against Hare and Kinsman were arrested or charged.
Why? Because they were masked and the police could not identify them in the video.
So, ANTIFA continues to be allowed to arrive at events in full battle gear, intimidate Trump supporters as well as assault them, and Trump supporters go to jail for four years for defending themselves.
Yeah, that all seems very fair and unbiased.