President Trump suggested the federal government is moving closer to naming Antifa a terrorist organization.
On Saturday afternoon, President Donald Trump tweeted his support for naming the radical left wing Antifa an “organization of terror”, something Congress and concerned United States citizens have been begging the administration to do for months.
President Trump took to Twitter to call for naming Antifa a terrorist organization on Saturday afternoon, writing that “Consideration is being given to declaring ANTIFA, the gutless Radical Left Wack Jobs who go around hitting (only non-fighters) people over the heads with baseball bats, a major Organization of Terror (along with MS-13 & others.”
The president added that such a move “Would make it easier for police to do their job!”
Consideration is being given to declaring ANTIFA, the gutless Radical Left Wack Jobs who go around hitting (only non-fighters) people over the heads with baseball bats, a major Organization of Terror (along with MS-13 & others). Would make it easier for police to do their job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019
In the aftermath of the brutal beating of journalist Andy Ngo by Antifa in Portland, Oregon that left him hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage, Americans took to the official White House petition website to call for Antifa to be named a domestic terrorist organization, begging President Trump for relief.
After the devastating Antifa attack on Andy Nego, an independent journalist who sustained severe injuries including a brain hemorrhage while covering a violent protest in Portland, Oregon, threats from Antifa to attack the Demand Free Speech rally in Washington, D.C. with acid, and a newly surfaced video showing Antifa members chanting “Allahu akbar, smash these Nazi scum” in 2017, a petition has been launched to label Antifa a terrorist organization.
The petition comes after a wave of Antifa violence and threats struck the nation this weekend. Enrique Tarrio, the co-organizer of the Demand Free Speech rally threatened with an acid attack, started the petition after the violent weekend.
“After the attack on Andy in Oregon, the threat of an acid attack against our Demand Free Speech rally, and years of violence, it’s time for the federal government to step in,” said Tarrio. “DHS must declare Antifa a terrorist organization.”
At press time, the petition has over 40,000 signatures.
The move also comes after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has made it known he believes Antifa must be considered a terrorist organization, and urged FBI Director Christopher Wray to launch a RICO investigation into the organization.
Cruz started by coauthoring a resolution that would name Antifa a domestic terrorist organization, as Big League Politics reported:
Cruz and Cassidy introduced a resolution last week that would name Antifa a domestic terrorist organization, echoing the sentiments of thousands of Americans who have been horrified to see the terrible display of violence, destruction, persecution, and mayhem wrought at the hands of the supposedly “anti-fascist” group.
On Twitter, Cruz wrote “Antifa is a terrorist organization composed of hateful, intolerant radicals who pursue their extreme agenda through aggressive violence.” He added, “Time and time again their actions have demonstrated that their central purpose is to inflict harm on those who oppose their views.”
He went on to demand Wray launch a RICO investigation into the militant left-wing organization.
Just this week, a video surfaced of a member of Antifa praising the Antifa terrorist attack against a Tacoma, Washington migrant detention facility, in which a radical leftist armed with an AR-15 rifle and Molotov cocktails firebombed the facility.
The Antifa member praised the terrorist, and called for many more instances of terrorism:
“I want to take a moment to give a tribute to Willem Van Spronsen,” said Szabo. “I’m just gonna say it, I think you’re a hero. I don’t care what you say, I think they’re a hero, and if you disagree with me, you’re f**king wrong.”
Szabo continued, “There are many incidents in history where people have taken radical positions and I have agreed with them, but this is the one time in my life time when I have seen someone take a radical stance where they put their life on the line, they fought for something selfless, and they died for it.”
The video then takes an even darker turn, as Szabo stresses the need for more domestic terrorist attacks.
“It’s something that we, on the left, should resonate with. Not just resonate with, but repeat. Not just repeat, you have to understand, this is just one individual, his death cannot go in vain, we need multiple individuals. We need multiple of these instances to happen.”
It appears this pattern of radical, violent behavior and speech advocating such behavior may finally have pushed the Trump administration to act against the radical organization. It only remains to be seen how President Trump will move against Antifa.