President Donald Trump announced on July 27 that his administration may declare the far-left extremist group Antifa “a major organization of terror.”
“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!”
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
Trump’s announcement comes after Senators Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) proposed a resolution in the Senate to condemn the acts of violence carried out by members of Antifa and to label the group as a domestic terrorist organization.
The senators proposed the resolution following Antifa members’ brutal assault on independent journalist Andy Ngo late last month. Ngo, who is known for extensively documenting Antifa violence, was punched in the face, kicked, and had cups of a white substance thrown at him while he was covering one of the group’s protests in Portland, Oregon. Portland police later said the cups contained quick-drying cement mixed into milkshakes.
The attack left Ngo bloodied and bruised with a torn ear lobe and a brain hemorrhage. He was required to stay in a hospital overnight due to the brain bleed. In a video after the attack, the journalist, who was shaken and covered in the white liquid, said his attackers had also stolen his camera equipment.
“Antifa is a terrorist organization composed of hateful, intolerant radicals who pursue their extreme agenda through aggressive violence,” Cruz said in a statement on July 19.
“Time and time again their actions have demonstrated that their central purpose is to inflict harm on those who oppose their views. Like any terrorist organization they choose to pursue their political ends through violence, fear and intimidation. They must be stopped. I am proud to introduce this resolution with Senator Cassidy to properly identify what Antifa are: domestic terrorists.”
Rich Valdes, the associate producer of the Mark Levin show and host of “This is America,” responded to Trump’s Twitter post on July 27, calling on Trump to “stop their violence and intimidation before they become like F.A.L.N. and the Weather Underground.”
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