Since terrorizing the UC Berkeley campus and forcing the school’s College Republicans to cancel controversial speaker Milo Yiannopolous’s speech, Antifa has continued to infiltrate campuses such as Evergreen State College with violence against peaceful protesters and the destruction of property.
It’s time to officially label Antifa a domestic terrorist group. They are essentially today’s Weather Underground.
Per the Patriot Act, domestic terrorism is: “Activities that (A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the U.S. or of any state; (B) appear to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the US.”
Antifa’s activities, such as smashing windows and setting parts of UC Berkeley ablaze to further ignite the anti-free speech crowd protesting Yiannopolous’ scheduled talk, are textbook examples of domestic terrorism under the 2001 law.
Beforehand, the group’s incivility consisted of Inauguration “resistance” actions such as igniting a bloody melee at an Inauguration Day speech by Yiannopolous at the University of Washington.
Just last week, however, these barbaric protesters savaged peaceful demonstrators at a free speech protest at Evergreen State College. Last month, students protested so-called racial grievances by holding the college president and his staff hostage in their office building while making demands with vulgarity. The group also reportedly slashed tires of cars belonging to peaceful protesters.
“We must take to the streets and protest, blockade, disrupt, intervene, sit in, walk out, rise up, and make more noise and good trouble than the establishment can bear,” the group stated in advance of the inauguration. “The parade must be stopped. We must delegitimize Trump and all he represents. It’s time to defend ourselves, our loved ones, and the world that sustains us as if our lives depend on it—because they do.”
In Washington D.C., Antifa made their presence known by destroying city property and property owned by immigrants.
On the group’s website, it proudly displays a poster of a man in front of a transparent silhouette of a Nazi, with a Make America Great Again hat and a Pepe the Frog lapel pin being cornered by a bayonet. If that’s not a promotion of violence, I don’t know what is.
A White House petition to label the group a domestic terrorist organization has just under 6,000 signatures. A Change.org petition, which is also addressed to the White House, has 86,735 signatories. In accordance with White House petition guidelines, a petition needs 100,000 signatures to get a response from the president.
“At their worst, the scrums have been belittling and violent, as grown men and women shout, punch and taunt one another or destroy property. But the questions many are fighting over cut to the core of the American democratic system,” TIME’s Julia Steinmetz wrote. “While some locals have shown up with the standard placards and megaphones, others have traveled from afar, bringing smoke bombs and sticks, seemingly spoiling for a fight.”
“With bandanas wrapped around their faces, the group tore down barricades, shot projectiles at police and lit a light stand on fire, causing more than $100,000 worth of damage,” Steinmetz added. “After the decision was made to cancel Yiannopoulos’ event for safety reasons, some protesters spilled into nearby streets, crushing the front windows of bank chains, while other protesters cleaned up after them.”
While Trump’s FBI nominee Christopher Wray may have to answer questions mostly related to handling the case of whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during last year’s election, Wray should be asked as to whether the Antifa is a domestic terrorist organization.
If confirmed, Wray should label the group as such and crack down and annihilate its sadistic operations.