Trump Labels Anitfa As A Terrorist Organization Without Any Basis In Fact

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Without evidence, Trump and several top officials from his administration have blamed Antifa and groups it describes as “agitators.”

United States President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that the U.S. will go ahead and label Antifa as a “terrorist organization,” raising serious concerns about the unconstitutionality of such a threat if carried out. 

“The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization,” Trump said, as protests over the murder of the black man, George Floyd, continued in at least 30 cities in the United States on Sunday, with Minneapolis as the epicenter.

Without evidence, Trump and several top officials from his administration, including U.S. Attorney General William Barr, have blamed Antifa and groups it describes as “agitators” for taking over the protests in U.S. cities.

“The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly,” Barr said in a statement on Sunday following the president’s tweet.

The movement itself, short for ‘anti-fascists,’ is an umbrella term for far-left-leaning groups with no designated leadership that is opposed to far-right ideologies; with many in recent years directly confronting white nationalists and Trump-supporters.

Yet for many experts, the worrying fact is the intention of Trump to designate a domestic group in the same way it does foreign entities as he has no legal authority.

“As this tweet demonstrates, terrorism is an inherently political label, easily abused and misused. There is no legal authority for designating a domestic group. Any such designation would raise significant due process and First Amendment concerns,” ACLU National Security Project Director Hina Shamsi said.

In stark contrast to the spotlight on left-leaning groups, the rise of the far-right and neo-nazis have been ignored by the Trump administration despite warnings from social movements and lawmakers.

Even FBI Director Christopher Wray has raised concerns about the increase of white supremacist activity driving the domestic terror threat, in some cases surpassing that from foreign terrorist groups.

Meanwhile, for the fourth consecutive night from the city of Los Angeles to Chicago, through Cleveland, Washington D.C. and New York, scenes of wide-spread protests and riots continue, forcing local authorities to announce curfews and to call up to 5,000 troops from the National Guard.

Tweets added to Telesur article by Popular Resistance.

  • Alice X

    Labeling Antifa an organization is akin to labeling the wind an organization.

    The greatest terrorist organization in the world is the US government and the police are simply a subset.

    Trump is, as always, looking for a distraction from his incompetence, but he has help.

  • fz

    After labeling the Revolutionary Guards, a “terrorist organization”, Iran has labeled his military a terrorist organization. And, in aftermath of assassination of Martyr Soleimani, a two year time limit was set for the ouster of u.s. imperialism from region. As is, US imperialism is marginalized in both Syria and Iraq, to desert regions, where it is hoping to create and/or deepen Shia/Sunni differences into a conflict. But, with a failing saudi client regime, this paradigm is sure to fail, as the Saudi regime is expected to fall apart in the next five years, if not sooner.

  • dopfa

    Actually, Antifa is the ideology fighting the US Government, the largest, most lethal terrorist organization on earth! It has plenty of criminal leaders, number one being the Cheeto-in-Chief. The US drops a bomb on somebody, somewhere, an average of every twelve minutes, every day of the year, spending THIRTY TWO MILLION DOLLARS AN HOUR ON WAR! If that’s not terrorism, I don’t know what is.

    Eleven hundred people a year killed by militaristic police, is terrorism.

    People living in fear of their lives and their children’s lives because ICE may come rip them from their homes and schools at any time, is terrorism!

    Putting precious little children in cages is terrorism!

    A national population with zero access to healthcare, decent food and water, safety in their homes, and education for their children in the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, is TERRORISM!

    A Congress/government looting trillions of OUR US tax dollars, ordinary citizens flounder and die in poverty, IS TERRORISM!

    A brain-dead, immoral, narcissistic president using the US military against peacefully protesting citizens IS TERRORISM!

  • Robert Riley

    Exactly, thank you for putting it so well!

  • Robert Riley