On Saturday, MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi rehashed his anger over conservatives mocking him for his Black Lives Matter/Antifa riot coverage in Minneapolis, Minnesota over the summer on a segment called “Violent Protests vs. Protests with Violence.”
During the May protests, Velshi characterized a burning building behind him as “generally speaking unruly,” despite the blazes and the out-of-control crowd looting and burning down buildings in the background. According to the Star Tribune, the damage to the city could exceed $500 million.
However, on Saturday, Velshi took to the airwaves to rehash the scene, defending his reporting, and apparently defending the rioting, claiming violence “violence that means to spread democracy and justice and encourage fairness” is different from the incursion of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th (where no buildings were burned down), although there was broken glass, graffiti, and doors were broken down.
Velshi said, “And I was concerned that the impression a viewer might get from watching a police station overcome and of buildings burning was that of a riot, or that Minneapolis itself was burning — and it wasn’t — so I wanted to emphasize that there had been and remained an overwhelming majority of the protesters who were peaceful and not participating in any violence.”
He added, “the violence of the anti-Apartheid movement, the Civil Rights Movement, the Indian independence campaign — any violence at all that fights injustice is violence with meaning behind it, borne of the failure of other means and methods of redress. The killing of Ahmaud Arbery by white vigilantes in Georgia, and of George Floyd by Minneapolis police are facts authenticated and witnessed on video by millions. Violence that means to spread democracy and justice and encourage fairness in the application of the rule of law has nothing at all in common with the wanton anti-democratic riots of January 6th.”