U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday introduced a resolution to the U.S. Senate condemning the violent acts carried out by members of Antifa and calling for the designation of the group as a domestic terrorist organization.
“Antifa are terrorists, violent masked bullies who ‘fight fascism’ with actual fascism, protected by Liberal privilege,” said Dr. Cassidy in a press release. “Bullies get their way until someone says no. Elected officials must have courage, not cowardice, to prevent terror.”
Cruz echoed those sentiments, calling members of the organization “hateful, intolerant radicals.”
Antifa is a terrorist organization composed of hateful, intolerant radicals who pursue their extreme agenda through aggressive violence. Time and time again their actions have demonstrated that their central purpose is to inflict harm on those who oppose their views.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) July 18, 2019
The resolution comes after conservative journalist Andy Ngo and several others were brutally beaten last month while during an Antifa rally in Portland, OR
“Like any terrorist organization they choose to pursue their political ends through violence, fear and intimidation,” Cruz said. “They must be stopped. I am proud to introduce this resolution with Senator Cassidy to properly identify what Antifa are: domestic terrorists.”
Antifa has been particularly active in Ngo’s home city of Portland, which is now looking for ways to crack down on the militant organization. Portland police chief Danielle Outlaw called for a ban Thursday on the wearing of masks during protests, saying that forcing protesters to show their face would make them less emboldened.
“A lot of people are emboldened because they know they can’t be identified,” Outlaw said.
You can read the whole text of the Resolution here.
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