A petition to have Antifa labeled as a terrorist organization reached 100,000 signatures in just three days—a response from the White House is now mandatory. Rallies have quickly gone from peaceful to violent when Antifa has collided with so-called “white supremacists,” “neo-Nazis” and basically anyone else who disagrees with their beliefs and riotous protest tactics. Many people have turned a blind eye to their aggression and unjustified violence—even as they come to protests, armed with pepper spray, clubs and other weaponry.
Antifa has no designs on peaceful protest; in their minds, any speech that doesn’t align with their own is violence—i.e., spoken word can and should be countered with physical attacks.
As the petition’s organizer states, Antifa has led “actions in multiple cities and their influence in the killings of multiple police officers throughout the United States.” The petition’s organizer further notes the definition of terrorism includes “the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims,” and “on the grounds of principle, integrity, morality and safety,” Antifa should be condemned as a terrorist group.
However, the Trump administration has not been very timely in their responses to other petitions, even though a dozen or so have reached the 100,000-signatures threshold since Trump stepped in office.
Many are wondering if the severity of the Antifa issue will prompt a more expedient response from the administration.
As sources point out, the Charlottesville riot is not the only incident where Antifa protesters crossed the line. Antifa-led riots have shutdown events for conservative speakers like Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos. Even the annual Rose Parade in Portland (OR) had to be cancelled because there was too great of threat for Antifa violence against conservatives allowed to be in the parade.
The media and many politicians have been willfully blind when it comes to Antifa’s overt and unjustified violence, but many are hopeful the Trump administration will respond to the petition and take action before it’s too late.