The left is trying to rein in Antifa, but is it too little too late?

The Democrats, Senators John McCain and Mark Rubio, and even Speaker Paul Ryan attacked President Trump following the Charlottesville protests for not calling out the alt-right enough.

But no one said anything about Antifa and how they’ve been attacking Americans who are engaged in lawful free speech.

Finally, Nancy Pelosi condemned Antifa and asked the movement to stop attacking military veterans.

But after Antifa attacked this disabled vet in a wheelchair, where was the outrage from Republicans?

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called for the Antifa members to be held responsible for their acts of violence during a right-wing rally in California on Saturday and be “arrested and prosecuted.”

From her official press release:

Our democracy has no room for inciting violence or endangering the public, no matter the ideology of those who commit such acts.  The violent actions of people calling themselves antifa in Berkeley this weekend deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted.

“In California, as across all of our great nation, we have deep reverence for the Constitutional right to peaceful dissent and free speech.  Non-violence is fundamental to that right.  Let us use this sad event to reaffirm that we must never fight hate with hate, and to remember the values of peace, openness and justice that represent the best of America.”

At least five individuals were attacked in California on Saturday when Antifa members assaulted right-wing demonstrators.

The Associated Press reported:

Scores of anarchists wearing black clothing and masks stormed the demonstration in Berkeley and attacked several supporters of President Donald Trump. But police were able to head off any wider violence.

Thousands gathered Sunday in response to a planned anti-Marxism protest that was canceled amid concerns demonstrators might be attacked. The counter-demonstration was largely peaceful for several hours until the antifa, or anti-fascists, overran police barricades around the protest area.

The violence was swift but brief, and among those targeted was Joey Gibson, leader of the right-wing organization Patriot Prayer that had called off a demonstration a day earlier in San Francisco.

Berkeley Police Chief Andrew Greenwood said officers were told not to actively confront the anarchists. He applauded officers’ restraint, saying it forestalled greater violence. Six people suffered injuries, including two who were hospitalized, and one officer was injured while making an arrest and several others were hit with paint

There were 13 arrests on various charges including, assault with a deadly weapon.

“The potential use of force became very problematic” given the thousands of peaceful protesters in the park, Greenwood said. Once anarchists arrived, it was clear there would not be dueling protests between left and right so he ordered his officers out of the park and allowed the anarchists to march in.

There was “no need for a confrontation over a grass patch,” Greenwood said.

Several hours later, the demonstration broke up without any further incidents.

Officials in Berkeley and San Francisco had been girding for the possibility of violent clashes at right-wing demonstrations. But Saturday’s in San Francisco by Patriot Prayer was called off, and police blocked access to a public square where Gibson had planned to hold a news conference.

He instead held it outside the city and criticized police for not doing enough to ensure supporters’ safety at the originally scheduled location of Crissy Field.

Still hundreds of counter-protesters marched through the city. San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said Saturday that police made a single arrest for public intoxication during demonstrations organized by left-wing groups.

So while Nancy Pelosi is denouncing Antifa violence, where are John McCain, Mark Rubio, Speaker Ryan, and Mitt Romney?

These Republican establishment leaders have been quick to attack President Trump, but have lagged behind even Nancy Pelosi herself in denouncing the violence of Antifa.

Are they more interested in sabotaging Trump’s Presidency than protecting free speech from the violent threats of left-wing thugs?

Sadly, the answer appears to be yes.