President Trump announced Sunday that the U.S. government will designate the far-left group Antifa as a terrorist organization.
The group has played a major role in the escalation of peaceful protests into the violent riots that have plagued the country in response to the death of George Floyd.
The president reassured that Antifa was the group responsible for the disturbing violence shown during these riots – ranging from mass beatings to burning buildings and looting.
“It’s ANTIFA and the Radical Left. Don’t lay the blame on others!” Trump tweeted Saturday.
“The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization,” Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also called rioters Antifa-like during an appearance on Fox News, saying “I think it still remains to be seen exactly how” the situation devolved from peaceful protests to something entirely different.
On Sunday, national security adviser Robert O’Brien said that ANTIFA has hijacked the protests to cause damage and destruction, mostly against minority-owned businesses.
“And they did it in Seattle. They have done it in Portland. They have done it in Berkeley. This is a destructive force of radical – I don’t even know if we want to call them leftists. Whatever they are, they’re militants who are coming in and burning our cities, and we’re going to get to the bottom of it,” said O’Brien.
“It’s the violent ANTIFA radical militants that are coming out, under cover of night, traveling across state lines, using military-style tactics to burn down our cities,” he said.
“And they’re especially targeting the most venerable parts of our cities, George. The minority section, the African American sections, and Hispanic areas and burning down businesses of people that are trying to get a leg up. And the president’s outraged by that. And we all are. And that has to stop.”
A resolution to designate Antifa as a domestic terrorist organization was originally introduced in the Senate in 2019, stating that Antifa “represents opposition to the democratic ideals of peaceful assembly and free speech for all[.]”
Trump-hating leftists jumped to the defense of the soon to be terrorist org just hours after President Trump made the announcement, responding with a fury of tweets under the hashtag #IamAntifa. Supporters of the group put their ignorance on full display as they in large part proved to be unaware of its communist roots.
“How did I know I’d eventually be designated a ‘terrorist’ by my own country? I’m an accomplice, here to leverage my privilege and platform, in support of movements for social and environmental justice. Also, will punch Nazis or help you find a medic,” tweeted activist B. Nolan.
“Let’s be crystal clear: 1. #ANTIFA = Anti-fascist 2. Domestic terrorism is overwhelmingly carried out by the RIGHT, not the left,” tweeted activist Peter Daou.
“What’s weird is that if you spelled out what the acronym for this loose movement called ‘antifa’ stands for and rewrite Trump’s tweet accordingly, it would read: ‘The United States of America will be designating anti-fascists as a Terrorist Organization,’” tweeted MSNBC’s Joy Reid.
“Antifa isn’t an organization. There’s no hotline or website to hit up for info. Antifa stands for anti-fascist and has a long legacy in this country of resisting white supremacy & fascism. This is a dangerous, authoritarian trap to criminalize dissent,” tweeted one user.