President Trump tweeted Sunday that the U.S. will designate ANTIFA a terrorist organization.
As the National Guard is called out in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and other major cities, and emergencies are declared in up to 15 states, the president is right in seeing how young, white anarchists are responsible for much of the violence occurring during protests following George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.
Trump’s tweet will have to be followed up by actions under various anti-terrorism laws. This would free the Department of Justice and FBI to get involved in state and local arrests where members of Antifa have been identified.
It’s been widely reported that out-of-town Antifa activists have been among the worst offenders in destroying property and inciting looters and other violence against authorities. Right-wing journalists like Andy Ngo have long suspected the organization has been preparing for a moment like this.
Yesterday Robby Starbuck tweeted at the president to designate Antifa a domestic terrorist group. Apparently Trump listened to this advice.
Starbuck’s second recommendation about a working group to deal with police and community leaders is also absolutely needed. One example of this kind of balance is rapper Michael Render, stage name “Killer Mike,” who said he is “the son of an Atlanta City Police Officer” and has two cousins who are also police officers.
We can’t address the first element of the violence without addressing the second element of the valid grievances of the black community in so many American cities.
The president’s blaming the violence on Democrats and the media is not helpful in this situation. In this situation, the president, and the nation, needs the Democrats and the media on his side.
Eradicating Antifa is a good first step, but it won’t solve the problem. The president has the perfect opportunity to lead, as my friend Josh Hammer noted. He should not waste it.
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