In an interview with the Daily Caller this week, President Donald Trump said members of the violent anarchist group Antifa were playing with fire. Speaking to the site days after its founder, Tucker Carlson, had his wife terrorized by an affiliate of the “anti-fascist” mob, Trump said that there was strong opposition to Antifa that had yet to strike back. He said that the leftists had better hope things remain that way.
“They better hope that the opposition to Antifa decides not to mobilize,” Trump told the Daily Caller on Wednesday. “Because if they do, they’re much tougher. Much stronger. Potentially much more violent. And Antifa’s going to be in big trouble. But so far they haven’t done that and that’s a good thing.”
Trump said it was “terrible” what had happened outside the D.C. home of Carlson, whose wife was home when a leftist mob began shouting outside and trying to break the door in. The Antifa splinter group, Smash Racism D.C., posted pictures and videos of their so-called protest on social media. This included shots of Carlson’s home address and a warning: “We know where you sleep at night.”
“They’d better hope that the other side doesn’t mobilize,” Trump said again. “Because if you look, the other side, it’s the military. It’s the police. It’s a lot of very strong, a lot of very tough people. Tougher than them. And smarter than them. They’re sitting back and watching and they’re getting angrier and angrier.”
While it will hopefully not come to the violent clash that Antifa seems to want nothing more than to inspire, corporate America is already distancing itself from the anarchists. Last week, Twitter banned Smash Racism D.C.’s account and deleted their posts doxxing Tucker Carlson. And this week, Paypal took the step of blocking several Antifa chapters from using their financial services.
“We do not allow PayPal services to be used to promote hate, violence, or other forms of intolerance that is discriminatory,” the company said in a statement.