President Donald Trump tweeted today that he was designating Antifa as a terrorist organization. The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.
Trump and Attorney General William Barr, were earlier pointing to anti-fascist organizers and anarchists as culprits behind the mayhem following the death of a 46-year-old black man, George Floyd, at the hands of Minneapolis police. Others said right-wing extremists such as Boogaloo followers, who hope to bring about a second Civil War, were pushing for such uprising in the protests.
Antifa, meaning “anti-fascist,” is a coalition of protesters, left-wing activists and self-described anarchists who seek to physically confront and bring down what they deem as the far right. Trump and his administration have long targeted the group, which has made its presence felt at protests throughout his presidency.
“This is being driven by Antifa,” national security adviser Robert O’Brien told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “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 — they’re militants who are coming in and burning our cities, and we’re going to get to the bottom of it.”
O’Brien called for the FBI to engage in surveillance of Antifa and to prosecute its members. “And if they haven’t been doing that, we need a plan right away to make sure that happens,” O’Brien told reporters after appearing in the Sunday shows.
Several other Republican and Democrat officials, such as Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Melvin Carter, the mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, Minnesota, like Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, a Democrat, were all making comments and giving their opinions on the demonstrations and riots.
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