Professor calls Antifa violence ‘vital’ form of ‘collective self-defense’

Dartmouth history professor Mark Bray is not backing down from his defense of self-proclaimed “anti-fascist” groups that bring baseball bats and other weapons to peaceful protests.

The author of “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook” made waves during an Aug. 20 interview on “Meet the Press” in which he framed the physically confrontational tactics of black-clad collectivists as “confronting other forms of violence.” His employer distanced itself from his statements, but Mr. Bray stands by his words.

NBC News interviewed the history professor over the weekend for a better understanding of his position.