By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief

(National Sentinel) Activism: There’s an old saying that goes: “If you can’t say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.”

Of course, that saying has never applied to American politics, and it sure as hell doesn’t apply in the Trump era.

Each day there is a new outrage uttered by some small-minded individual, usually on the Left, that is disparaging to our president.

But the Left has not cornered the market on such small-minded stupidity.

The hateful rhetoric has only amplified in the wake of the Charlottesville violence after Donald J. Trump dared to be bold and mention the obvious during a press conference Tuesday: That both the right and left were responsible for the violence, as both sides showed up armed and ready to do battle.

To deny that is to deny reality, which brings me to the point of this column.

Left-wing Democrats walk get up unhinged every morning and go to bed that same way at night. But this time now Republicans are becoming unhinged as well, not only denying Trump’s Charlottesville truth but actually taking the side of an organization more responsible for mayhem and violence in the past year than anyone else: Antifa.

When Trump correctly lambasted “both sides” for the Charlottesville violence, Sens. John McCain and Marco Rubio, along with two-time failed GOP presidential candidate and nominee Mitt Romney, reacted as though Trump was praising neo-Nazis and giving a pass to the KKK.

He never did any such thing.

In fact, on more than one occasion, recently — in response to Charlottesville - and during his campaign last year, Trump specifically denounced those organizations as hate groups who have no place in American society.

What Trump also did on Tuesday during another feisty press conference was to also call out “Alt-Left” groups like Antifa, who use violence as a tool to shut down any and all speech by conservatives and Trump supporters, something the organization has been doing since last summer, when its members would attack and beat attendees of Trump political rallies.

Some of its members may indeed have shown up at Charlottesville as a counter-force to battle “fascist white supremacists.” But overall, the group has proven over the past year that it is no less a domestic terrorist organization than any of the right-leaning groups in attendance at the Charlottesville event.

But to #nevertrumper McCain, Rubio and Romney, political cowards all, you just don’t ‘morally equalize’ any group that identifies with neo-Nazis.

“No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally difference universes,” Romney tweeted.

Hmmm. Well, gosh, Mitt, what about when Antifa thugs showed up to Trump rallies and other events where conservative speakers were scheduled to speak, then justified their violence against them by falsely claiming they were there to “shut down racism and bigotry”? And how about when Antifa takes the side of minorities who are being racists and bigots toward whites? Is that morally acceptable?

Then there’s McCain:

“There’s no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate& bigotry. The President of the United States should say so,” he tweeted.

John, the president did say so, and has said so on a number of occasions. Pointing out that there were two sides hell-bent on denying the other the right to speak no matter how repugnant that speech, is not “promoting white supremacy.” In fact, when our framers wrote the First Amendment, this is exactly what they had in mind. Banning anyone’s speech and using violence to justify it is something real Nazis did in the 1930s and beyond.

In a tweet storm, Rubio actually said it was okay to use violence to shut down someone else’s speech:

Just. Wow. If our founders were alive, Marco, they’d kick your ass for saying that as an elected member of Congress, it would so horrify and disgust them.

These three seem to be “agreeing Antifa should be invisible, accepting the incredibly stupid idea that calling out their violence somehow dilutes criticism of the Tiki Torch Terror,” writes John Heyward at Breitbart News.

Spot-on. Justifying one side’s violence over the other when the reality is, both are equally offensive to the American ideals of liberty, freedom, and equality.

Racists and bigots come in all colors and ethnicities. So does hate.

White supremacists and neo-Nazis are racists and bigots. So are Antifa thugs.

Trump is at least brave enough to acknowledge these truths. That McCain, Romney, and Rubio aren’t — and would rather throw their president under the bus at a time when he could sure use their support — should inform you of their real character.

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