MSNBC's counter-terrorism expert Jim Cavanaugh opines on the group Antifa during the network's coverage of the Boston protest:
Also, look at this, 20,000 people. What a statement for America that right now are all peaceful. Now, there could be a very few black bloc or Antifa people who want to commit violence, but as far as being anti-fascist, all of America was anti-fascist in World War II. Everybody in America was anti-fascist so that's not a bad label to be against fascism or Naziism or neo-Naziism. But it's how you behave out there today. This is so commendable and I think so powerful right now.
You may recall, during the Ferguson protests in August 2014 the NBC law enforcement expert said, "police have to expect to be punched in the face."
In 2015, Cavanaugh said we should stop calling terrorists "Islamists" and that then-President Obama should give a "directive" to change the name.
In 2016, before the facts were known, Cavanaugh said the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando possibly was "domestic terror" from "white hate groups."