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 supremacists.
Trump posted the following message on Twitter:
“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 terrorists.
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 party.
“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.