House Speaker Paul Ryan, left, was challenged in 2016 Wisconsin primary by businessman Paul Nehlen, right.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, left, was challenged in 2016 Wisconsin primary by businessman Paul Nehlen, right.

Millions of Americans likely voted for Donald Trump because his enemies included the establishment media and they believed he would never be pressured by them.

But a challenger to House Speaker Paul Ryan claims the media finally cowed the president into condemning “Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

Trump made the statements on Monday following violence over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, but he did not name the group that several media accounts now identify as primarily responsible for starting the trouble – the openly communist, violent far-left “Antifa.”

The group is dedicated to attacking anyone it identifies as “racist” or “fascist,” which has led to calls for it to be designated a domestic terrorist group.

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Antifa activists have attacked police officers in the past. However, recent reports indicate police and Antifa worked as de facto allies in Charlottesville.

The “Unite The Right” rally, headlined by “alt-right” figurehead Richard Spencer, was scheduled to hold a protest at Emancipation Park (formerly Lee Park) to protest the planned removal of an equestrian statue of Robert E. Lee and had obtained a permit for the gathering.

About an hour before the event was scheduled to begin, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and police broke up the gathering, leading to the arrest of some alt-right demonstrators.

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Attendees were then forced out of the park and into the waiting ranks of Antifa, promoting a chaotic, city-wide brawl between the far right and the far left. Left-leaning media outlet Pro-Publica as well as Unite The Right attendees allege police did not intervene to stop the violence but essentially forced the opposing groups into confrontations. Breitbart News reported “multiple Unite the Right participants … were themselves largely in agreement about the failings of the policing strategy.”

Three people were ultimately killed, though none in the actual fights. One woman died when a car barreled into a crowd of leftist protesters and two when a police helicopter crashed nearby. Dozens were injured throughout the day.

Yet Republicans were largely silent about the responsibility of the Virginia state government, the Charlottesville police and the left-wing radicals for allowing the violence to take place. Paul Nehlen, author of “Wage the Battle” and a Republican primary challenger to Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, said the media outrage about “extremism” has been highly selective.

“The violence was brought on by the counter-protesters who ironically ply their violent trade under the banner Antifa and who hold to the view that ‘disagreement authorizes our violence,'” Nehlen told WND. “The MSM (mainstream media) are running cover for Antifa for the purposes of smearing President Trump, essentially saying ‘the policies of this president cause violence.’ This is clearly untrue. It is the actions of people like George Soros, who fund Antifa, Black Lives Matter and other perpetrators of violence, who are to blame.”

“Wage the Battle: Putting America First in the Fight to Stop Globalist Politicians and Secure the Borders” is a call to action. It is the amazing story of how self-described “manufacturing guy” Paul Nehlen took on Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in one of the most closely followed congressional races in the nation. Nehlen’s run presaged the international movement against globalism which reached its climax with the election of President Donald Trump. It’s a firsthand look at the development of one of the original “Trump Republicans” and the populist message which is sending shockwaves through the Beltway Right.

Nehlen condemned the double standard practiced by the media when it comes to symbols identified as “far right” or “far left.” He noted how Republicans universally condemn Nazi symbols or even deny such symbols can even be placed on the political right. In contrast, he alleged, mainstream Democrats are quite comfortable associating with communist symbols or even working with communist groups.

“The media has embraced the Democratic Party, which has lurched toward Marxism and open communism,” he argued. “Ignoring the fact that those failed policies have resulted in the deaths of millions, the media blindly support the Democrats, who at this moment are working to squelch the First Amendment rights of American citizens.”

Nehlen said he noted the irony of how one female journalist was reportedly attacked by Antifa during the Charlottesville protests, despite the overwhelmingly positive coverage given the far-left group. Another photojournalist was also allegedly attacked by Antifa during an anti-racism protest in Richmond, Virginia, Sunday night.

Nehlen accused journalists of practicing “virtue signaling” instead of journalism and said they are more eager to display their supposed “anti-racism” instead of reporting what is actually happening.

“The left gets its rewards not from pleasing God, but from pleasing themselves by virtue signaling to one another,” he said.

The phenomenon, he argued, fuels the growth of what Trump has called “fake news,” as journalists push a political narrative instead of reporting facts.

The narrative of Trump being somehow responsible for racism was still promoted by mainstream media outlets following the president’s condemnation of white supremacy. Jim Acosta, Katy Tur, Dan Rather and other journalists complained soon after the president’s speech he either was not sincere or did not go far enough.

Nehlen suggested the whole story about Charlottesville is being reported backward.

“I’m a bit perplexed at the glaring omission by President Trump to call out the Antifa and BLM groups inciting violence at the pre-arranged event,” Nehlen told WND.

He also said other conservative leaders, notably Paul Ryan, were even worse in refusing to mention the existence of the far left.

“The so-called conservative members are cowards, but worse than that, they are traitors,” he said. “The small group of legitimate protesters who followed the law to protest a historic statue’s removal were pummeled and their rights were trampled. Those elected officials sided with the bad guys. They failed their oath of office and their sacred duty to the citizens of America.

“Also, and I think this is an important point, many of these elected officials would benefit from the removal of President Trump from office. We can’t discount the possibility that these same elected officials who failed their oath were acting in a self-serving manner. Even those who were supposed to be ‘conservatives’ were partnering with and virtue signaling to a complicit news media.”

Rather than investigating the far-right, Nehlen urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Republican Congress to take action to defend free speech.

“There seems to be a pattern of ‘stand down’ orders, and it’s something that Attorney General Sessions should be investigating,” Nehlen said. “Paul Ryan should introduce legislation withholding funds from jurisdictions who fail to defend the constitutional rights of their citizens.

“I think there is an effort in place to take away Americans’ right to free speech. But there is also a core of us who will fight to the death before we let that happen.”

“Wage the Battle: Putting America First in the Fight to Stop Globalist Politicians and Secure the Borders” is a call to action. It is the amazing story of how self-described “manufacturing guy” Paul Nehlen took on Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in one of the most closely followed congressional races in the nation. Nehlen’s run presaged the international movement against globalism which reached its climax with the election of President Donald Trump. It’s a firsthand look at the development of one of the original “Trump Republicans” and the populist message that is sending shockwaves through the Beltway Right.

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