TRUMP VOWS TO DESIGNATE ANTIFA AS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION
Cross state lines to riot and you’ll be prosecuted, Barr promises.
BY MATTHEW VADUM
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes:
After days of bloody rioting and looting across America, the U.S. government “will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization[,]” President Donald Trump announced on Twitter.
The tweet came after Antifa, Democratic Socialists of America, Black Lives Matter, and other America-hating radical leftist groups seized on the opportunity of the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man who perished after then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into the suspect’s neck for almost 9 minutes, an event captured on video that quickly went viral. The in-custody death video became a recruiting tool for agitators.
George himself had been detained by police after a report he tried to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at a local establishment. Why Chauvin, assisted by other officers, used so much force on a suspect who was already under control has not yet been explained.
Ultra-violent Antifa, a revolutionary communist-anarchist militia movement that aspires to forcibly overthrow the United States government, has gained new prominence in the post-Obama era. Adopting fascistic tactics, they trace their roots back to Nazi Germany. Although they opposed the Sturmabteilung (SA), or Nazi storm troopers going back to the Weimar era, like the SA they also used violence to intimidate political opponents and break up their meetings and rallies. It could be argued that the ideological distance between Antifa and the now-defunct National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, abbreviated as NSDAP) or Nazi Party, is so slight it could be measured in millimeters.
Antifa is not typically thought of as a single organization: it is a movement or coalition of leftist groups, each of which claims to combat “fascism,” a political ideology whose definition academics have been arguing about for decades. The word Antifa itself is a truncation of anti-fascist.
Antifa operates under a twisted working definition of fascism, labeling mainstream conservatives fascists and lumping them in with white-supremacists and neo-Nazis. All cops can be deemed fascists as representatives of the supposedly evil capitalist system unless perhaps they declare their “allyship.” It is fair to say that true fascists are hard to find in the U.S. today – except in the fantasies of Antifa and radical hate groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The president’s tweet came at 12:23 p.m. on May 31, after days of unrest and insurrectionist violence in: Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota; Los Angeles; Seattle; Portland, Oregon; Denver; Phoenix and Tampa, Arizona; Des Moines, Iowa; Milwaukee; Kansas City; Oklahoma City; Salt Lake City; Chicago; Detroit; Fargo, North Dakota; Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Atlanta; Wilmington, Delaware; Richmond, Virginia; Columbia, South Carolina; Miami and Jacksonville, Florida; and in Washington, D.C., both downtown and in front of the White House itself.
Curfews have reportedly been imposed in Minneapolis, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and elsewhere.
California, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin have all reportedly activated their state national guards to restore order.
A few hours after the initial announcement, Trump took to Twitter to urge Democratic mayors and governors, who have largely been letting angry mobs run wild in the ongoing orgy of leftist violence, to “Get tough … These people are ANARCHISTS. Call in our National Guard NOW.”
The Antifa terrorist-organization designation is something conservatives and other patriots have been awaiting for years. President Barack Hussein Obama wouldn’t do it no matter how much havoc the so-called anti-fascists wreaked during his term. Few Democrats have even been willing to denounce Antifa because the party’s base is in love with these supposedly romantic, Che Guevara-like, bathing-averse revolutionaries who want to slit the throats of Republicans (and quite a few Democrats, as well).
Sen. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat who was Hillary Clinton’s running-mate in 2016, has long been sympathetic to violent street radicals. He even uses Leninist phrasing when discussing political activism, saying those on his side must “fight in the streets.” Not surprisingly, in March 2017, Woody Kaine, his son, was part of an Antifa assault on Trump supporters in the rotunda of the Minnesota Capitol. Young Kaine fought with police as they tried to arrest him for lobbing a smoke bomb. His father was no doubt proud.
Unfortunately, a few Republican squishes have also had kind words for Antifa. The late Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, and Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, all embraced Antifa after the violent unrest in Charlottesville in 2017.
But President Trump is no squish.
Neither is U.S. Attorney General William Barr.
On Saturday, May 30, Barr said he will not hesitate to use federal legislation to prosecute those who cross state lines to participate in organized upheaval.
“We must have law and order on our streets and in our communities,” he said.
Barr blamed the violence in Minneapolis and elsewhere on “far-left extremist groups,”
“Unfortunately, with the rioting that is occurring in many of our cities around the country, the voices of peaceful protests are being hijacked by violent radical elements,” he said. “In many places it appears the violence is planned, organized, and driven by far left extremist groups and anarchic groups using Antifa-like tactics.”
The same day, President Trump said the U.S. military was “ready, willing and able” to deploy if unrest continued.
And justice will be done, Barr vowed.
“The outrage of our national community about what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis is real and legitimate. Accountability for his death must be addressed, and is being addressed, through the regular process of our criminal justice system, both at the state and at the federal level. That system is working and moving at exceptional speed. Already initial charges have been filed. That process continues to move forward. Justice will be served.”
Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch spoke for many conservatives when he praised the Trump administration for taking aim at the dangerous subversives of Antifa.
“Antifa has been engaging in terrorism and seditious conspiracy for years[,]” Fitton tweeted.
“But FBI and DOJ were too busy to care much, their leadership engaging in their own seditious conspiracy against the presidency @RealDonaldTrump. Glad to see that AG Barr is beginning to get back to basics.”
ANTIFA Officially Declared a TERRORIST ORGANIZATION as Riots RED PILL America
AG Barr Ramps Up Pressure on Antifa Following National Riots
BY BOB ADELMANN
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After another night of riots that have spread across the nation, on Sunday Attorney General William Barr issued a statement urging state and local governments to increase pressure against Antifa “and other similar groups.”
With the rioting that is occurring in many of our cities around the country, the voices of peaceful and legitimate protests have been hijacked by violent radical elements. Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate, violent, and extremist agenda.
It is time to stop watching the violence and to confront and stop it. The continued violence and destruction of property endangers the lives and livelihoods of others, and interferes with the rights of peaceful protestors, as well as all other citizens….
Preventing reconciliation and driving us apart is the goal of these radical groups, and we cannot let them succeed.
It is the responsibility of state and local leaders to ensure that adequate law enforcement resources, including the National Guard where necessary, are deployed on the streets to reestablish law and order. We saw this finally happen in Minneapolis last night, and it worked.
Barr has plenty of resources available, including “our existing network of 56 regional FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF).… The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups … will be treated accordingly.”
The threat is real, said Dan Bongino on Fox & Friends on Sunday. A former NYPD officer and Secret Service agent, Bongino has friends inside law enforcement who have confirmed to him that “known Antifa leadership is … organizing” the riots. Said Bongino, “This is not some run-of-the-mill criminality by people who have nothing to do on a Saturday night.… This is a sophisticated insurrection-type attack.”
Columnist and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy thinks Barr has all the tools he needs in stemming the violence and ending the insurrection. Wrote McCarthy for Fox News:
I’ve investigated and prosecuted terrorists — jihadists who adhered to foreign terrorist organizations but operated domestically.… I can tell you that the laws we already have are more than adequate to the task.
There is no need for new laws. Calls to enact them are either ill-conceived or the usual case of preening politicians sensing the need to look like they’re doing something in response to a crisis.
Would McCarthy be referring to the Tweets from President Trump? On Saturday the president tweeted, “Crossing State lines to incite violence is a FEDERAL CRIME! Liberal Governors and Mayors must get MUCH tougher or the Federal Government will step in and do what has to be done, and that includes using the unlimited power of our Military and many arrests. Thank you!”
This was followed by a second Tweet by the president on Sunday: “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.”
Except that he can’t, says McCarthy. Such an action “would permit the surveillance of Americans in the absence of probable cause.”
According to President Trump and his most ardent supporters, he is a “disruptor” here to shake up established Washington ways.
Nevertheless, in announcing that he will “designate” Antifa, the far-left radical movement, as a terrorist organization, he is pulling a page from the Swamp’s playbook.
It is political rhetoric portrayed as legally significant action to bring to heel an array of sociopaths that, to be sure, are playing their now familiar instigator’s role in the rioting that roils American cities.
[The president’s] purported designation would be pointless, in that the means of taking aggressive enforcement action against Antifa, and against domestic terrorism generally, are plentiful and ready to hand.
The president’s move would also be legally invalid because, under federal law and for very sound reasons, [that] designation is available only for foreign terrorist organizations.
Antifa is a domestic enterprise.