If you’ve been paying attention for the last few days, you may have noticed a concerted effort by many liberals to suggest that the “Black Bloc” protesters who showed up at the Berkeley riots are not part of the progressive movement.

That suggestion is absurd. These folks are part of the Democratic Party’s base. They showed up in Ferguson, Charlotte, Baltimore, the inauguration and now Berkeley.

The most laughable attempt to distance liberals from this mob however, came from former Labor Secretary and Berkeley professor Robert Reich, who suggested on CNN Thursday night that the rioters were right wingers.

Mediaite has the details:

CNN Guest: Berkeley Rioters Were Actually Secret Right-Wingers Affiliated With Breitbart

On CNN Thursday, UC Berkeley professor and former Democratic Secretary of Labor Robert Reich suggested the anti-Trump riots on campus were actually a right-wing plot to delegitimize liberals.

“I was there for part of last night, and I know what I saw and those people were not Berkeley students,” Reich said. “Those people were outside agitators. I have never seen them before.”

“There’s rumors that they actually were right-wingers. They were a part of a kind of group that was organized and ready to create the kind of tumult and danger you saw that forced the police to cancel the event,” Reich insisted. “So Donald Trump, when he says Berkeley doesn’t respect free speech rights, that’s a complete distortion of the truth.”

“You think it’s a strategy by [Milo Yiannopoulos] or right-wingers?” asked host Don Lemon.

The fact that Don Lemon would take such a suggestion seriously is just further evidence of how far CNN has fallen. Watch the whole clip below:

Reactions to Reich on Twitter were just what you would imagine. Via Twitchy:

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