U.S President Donald Trump wants to
label the anti-fascism protest group, Antifa as a terrorist organization.
Antifa is a loose network of radical
left-wing activists that fight right-wing extremists, neo-Nazi groups and white
Trump posted the following message on
“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!”
The President’s tweet came after
Republican Senators Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas),
introduced a joint resolution that would classify the group as domestic
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) 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.”
“Our Republic depends on free and
open participation in the political process. [Antifa’s] acts of brazen
political violence and intimidation strike at the heart of that process,” Sen.
Cruz wrote in a July 23 letter to Attorney General William Barr, Deputy
Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, and FBI Director Christopher Wray.
“Antifa is a terrorist organization composed
of hateful, intolerant radicals who pursue their extreme agenda through
aggressive violence,” Cruz said in a press release about the measure.
“Like any terrorist organization they
choose to pursue their political ends through violence, fear, and intimidation.
They must be stopped.”
Trump’s tweet led to the trending of
#IchbinAntifa (I am Antifa) in Germany.
Left-wing politicians fired back at the president while right-wing
politicians agreed with the president.
“I am Antifa always and every
time. German history compels us to stand up against racism and fascism. On the
street and in parliament,” wrote Bernd Riexinger, co-chairman of the Left
“If Antifa is finally
classified as a terrorist organization in this country as well, then the
currently popular hashtag ‘I am Antifa’ offers up a very rich pool of
investigative leads in the fight against terrorism,” Alternative for Germany
(AfD) parliamentarian Jürgen Braun tweeted.