President Donald Trump tweeted this weekend that the White House is mulling a decision that would officially label Antifa as a domestic terror organization, a classification that would open up avenues through which police and prosecutors could monitor and charge members of the group with new crimes. Trump’s tweet follows action in the Senate, spurred on by Sens. Ted Cruz and Bill Cassidy, to do the same through congressional resolution.
“Consideration is being give 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),” Trump wrote. “Would make it easier for police to do their job!”
In a tweet on July 18, Cruz said that it was time for the federal government to treat Antifa with the seriousness they deserve.
“Antifa is a terrorist organization composed of hateful, intolerant radicals who pursue their extreme agenda through aggressive violence,” wrote Cruz. “Time and time again their actions have demonstrated that their central purpose is to inflict harm on those who oppose their views.”
Antifa’s violent thuggery has long been a source of concern for anyone who isn’t drinking the mainstream media’s Kool-Aid, but the group outdid themselves in Portland last month, brutally assaulting a journalist named Andy Ngo for no other reason than that he covers the group disfavorably in his online writings. The police appeared utterly disinterested in the violence, sparking widespread criticism of Portland’s mayor, who is accused of giving police a “stand-down” order ahead of the protests.
Labeling Antifa as a domestic terror group would unlock surveillance and prosecutorial strategies not currently available to law enforcement, but at least one conservative writer thinks that there is another way to confront this growing menace. In his National Review column, David French suggested that northern cities could take a cue from their southern sisters and force these thugs out into the open.
“There is a simple and well-known legal reform that will go a long way towards deterring Antifa violence — even when police aren’t close by, but iPhones are. It’s called an anti-masking law. They’ve long existed in the South as a check on Klan violence, and they not only make it easier for police to immediately identify and arrest criminals, they also allow witnesses to preserve the pictures and videos of violent attackers for later criminal or civil action,” wrote French.
As Trump hinted, Antifa is not just chaotic and fascist, its membership is comprised of cowards who would rather sit behind a keyboard if the alternative is to be exposed in polite society as raving, violent lunatics. If police take away this group’s anonymity, it could be the beginning of the end.