Establishment Republicans are joining the media pile-on in smearing Donald Trump.

And John McCain was leading the parade.

He betrayed Trump with one of the most awful lies he’s ever told.

During the press conference, Trump once again condemned white supremacists and Nazis in strong terms.

But that wasn’t good enough for the so-called “mainstream” media.

They were outraged that Trump pointed out that violent left-wing mobs had also descended on Charlottesville.

The Charlottesville Chief of Police even stated the violence was between two mutually engaged combatants, but facts don’t matter to the left or establishment Republicans.

Their only goal is destroy Trump.

Journalists quickly spread the lie that Trump had “elevated” Nazis and white supremacists.

John McCain – who already showed himself to be a treacherous foe when he provided the deciding vote to kill the Obamacare repeal – joined the fray and lied about the violence on the left and Trump’s intentions.

This is fake news.

The violent gangs of anti-fa and Black Lives Matter who showed up to Charlottesville were not there to peacefully stand up to Nazis.

They were there to throw down.

You can condemn the racism and bigotry of Nazis and white supremacists, while at the same time speak out against the increasing levels of violence the left is engaged in.

But comments like McCain’s give a permission slip to violent left wing groups to continue their rampage across America.

Starting with the inauguration, anti-fa has engaged in riots where they have burned cars, smashed windows, destroyed property and beat Trump supporters with bike locks.

They are a violent mob that takes a back seat to no one.

Anti-fa is also known for waiving Soviet flags.

The Soviets under Stalin killed tens of millions of their own people.

McCain’s tweet whitewashes the evil that anti-fa represents.

None of this excuses the hatred and violence and the neo-Nazis at Charlottesville.

And Trump explicitly condemned them on multiple occasions.

But ignoring the violence on the left will only embolden them.

There is only one side in the debate on political violence.

But John McCain and the media have chosen to take the position that violent communists and racially motivated groups are allowed to do as they please.

It’s only an invitation for more violence.