Label Antifa A Terrorist Organization?
A petition that started circulating on the 18th urging President Trump to label Antifa as a terrorist organization has already reached 55,000 signatures in two days.
“AntiFa has earned this title due to its violent actions in multiple cities and their influence in the killings of multiple police officers throughout the United States,” the petition, started Thursday, states.
Antifa is short for anti-fascists, and the people involved are generally extreme leftists known for their face-offs with right-wing activists, including recently in Berkeley, Calif. Antifa counter-protesters made an appearance in Charlottesville, Va. this past weekend and clashed with white supremacy and neo-Nazi groups protesting the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue.
When Trump condemned the protesters and counter protesters in Charlottesville, he didn’t use the term “Antifa,” but he hinted at them during a talk with reporters on Tuesday when he referred to the “alt-left”:
“What about the alt-left that came charging at, as you say, at the alt-right? Do they have any assemblage of guilt?” Trump told reporters at Trump Tower on Tuesday, the Washington Examiner reported. “What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do. That was a horrible, horrible day.”
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