Antifascist, better known as Antifa, was the hot topic of choice among two Republican Senators. Sponsored by Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas and pushed by Senator Bill Cassidy, a Republican from Louisiana, the nonbinding resolution was introduced Antifa would be known as “domestic terrorist.” This group is known for the radical activist who criticizes President Trump and Conservatives by the use of violence.
Senator Bill Cassidy stated, “Antifa are terrorists, violent masked bullies who ‘fight fascism’ with actual fascism, protected by Liberal privilege. Bullies get their way until someone says no. Elected officials must have courage, not cowardice, to prevent terror.”
Naturally, someone of the lowest IQ has to speak up and put down what makes sense. These are “domestic terrorist.” The Director of National Security project at the American Civil Liberties Union, Hina Shamsi told journalists she is not for the idea of labeling Antifa as a domestic terrorist group. Go figure. She stated, “It is dangerous and overly broad to use labels that are disconnected [from] actual individual conduct. And as we’ve seen how ‘terrorism’ has been used already in this country, any such scheme raises significant due process, equal protection, and First Amendment constitutional concerns.”
Why is she concerned about “constitutional concerns?” Everyone has a right to speak their minds, but no one has a right to do the damage this group does to others and their properties, including the government properties. Just recently, an Antifa member was killed while throwing firebombs at an ICE facility and vehicles. Is that not terrorism?
Senator Ted Cruz said the resolution would not change the law. It would cite the Antifa activist who blocks the roads at an ICE office and for “doxing” ICE officials by making their personal information public by posting online. Both Senators pointed out Andy Ngo, who is a journalist who was left in a pool of his own blood by the group in Portland, Oregon. Is that not terrorism?
Last week, Representative Brian Fitzpatrick, a Republican from Pennsylvania forwarded a letter to Attorney General William Barr, requesting he designate the group as a domestic terrorist and to rebuke Ngo’s attack. Conservatives have stated the group is a dangerous force, and the Conservative media from Fox News, Laura Ingraham and Michael Knowles has been labeling Antifa as terrorists while the National Review magazine labeled them as “violent thugs.”
Going all the way back to the violence which broke out in Charlottesville in 2017, the senators brought up how President Trump asked whether “the alt-left” felt guilty. “The alt-left” is a term given by conservatives to the left-wing activists who use violence to get their points across. At the beginning of this month, the group was defused in Washington D.C., where the police had to use force to stop the violence from escalating.
Then there are the everyday liberals who defend Antifa. The group has been called a “monolith,” but it is not one group of people involved. It is a collection of networks, groups, and individuals who support aggression and violence toward the far right. This is why the liberals are raising concerns.
The Patriot Act clarifies this situation into clearer terms, the Act explains, “A group commits domestic terrorism by committing crimes dangerous to human life that seem meant to intimidate the public, influence government policy by coercion or affect the government’s conduct by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping.”
The FBI splits domestic terrorism into four categories, anti-government, racially motivated, abortion-related, and environmental. Last year, in 2018, there were 120 reported by the FBI who was arrested on domestic terrorism charges. Is that not what we have going on here today?
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is an organization opposing anti-Semitism. They claim to mislabel Antifa as a domestic terrorist group could pose a threat to the civil rights allowing police to violate the rights of the peaceful activist. That is the biggest crock! The ADL will still call the violent tactics wrong, but they do not compare Antifa to white supremacist groups. They wrote a statement claiming, “The Antifa reject racism but use unacceptable tactics. White supremacists use even more extreme violence to spread their ideologies of hate, to intimidate ethnic minorities, and undermine democratic norms.”
So all we as Conservatives hear is excuses. The Left will not defend Antifa to be called “domestic terrorist” as labeled by The Patriot Act. So why won’t they defend it? Because they are the ones behind the curtains pulling the strings.