When I read this online, I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me, but they weren’t, Sen. John DeFrancisco is being quoted extensively supporting the comments of Donald Trump.
He’s using False Equivalence in his ill-conceived response, his comparative references to protests at the University of California at Berkeley on Feb. 1, 2017
A former editor at Breitbart News was forced to cancel their speech, the speaker is known for his far-right views. Sen. DeFrancisco, in a radio interview said he, agreed with Trumps statement that “many sides” are to blame for bigotry and violence.
Why John? Could it Be Political?
Mr. DeFrancisco has recently been mentioned as a possible New York gubernatorial candidate for the Republican Party. His comments appear to follow a pattern that’s appeared in responding to the Unite the Right Rally and its horrific aftermath. It’s called “False Equivalence” a logical misconception in which two opposing opinions appear to be logically equivalent when in fact they are not. Sen. DeFrancisco claim of equivalence doesn’t stand because the similarity is based on oversimplification or ignorance.
DeFrancisco is engaging in perpetuating this “False Equivalence” by comparing the Berkley incident to the Unite the Right Rally. The Unite the Right Rally was an assembly designed to put their hate on public display.
The Unite the Right protest in Charlottesville, Virginia was organized by Neo-Nazi organizations, in addition to the Ku Klux Klan and White Supremacists. They didn’t come to peacefully assemble, they were wearing helmets, military level protection, shields and chants that included “white lives matter,” ” Jew not replace us,” and the Nazi-embraced phrase “blood and soil.” The event was also planned with the participation of avowed White Supremacists, who claimed their reason for attending was to give support to President Donald Trump.
This was not a traditional grievance protest. This White Supremacists, Neo-Nazi, KKK inspired assembly was designed to stoke fear in the hearts and minds of Americans. I’m disappointed that John, you just don’t get it.
Senator DeFrancisco, I’m as fearful of you as I am of Donald Trump, the only difference is that I’ve known you for over 20 years.