Donald Trump just tweeted that he was designating Antifa as a “violent terrorist organization:” He had to make several mental leaps to come to that conclusion. Were they burning and looting, or were white supremacists committing the destruction? Perhaps, it was someone else doing the damage?
Former Ambassador to United Nations Susan Rice appeared with Wolff Blitzer on CNN and pointed out that Trump had called the white supremacists “very fine people.”
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted a question asking whether people thought “ANTIFA” (sic) was “a violent terrorist organization” with a “long history of violence,” which was a false choice, of course. Notice that he got Antifa wrong:
‘Do @JoeBiden, @SpeakerPelosi and @SenSchumer agree with President Trump that ANTIFA is a violent terrorist organization or will they defend and excuse ANTIFA’s (sic) long history of violence?’
This is where Junior got his capitalization wrong, from Dad. Trump Sr. had just designated “ANTIFA” (sic) as a terrorist organization” and inspired his eldest son’s tweet:
‘The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.’
What is Antifa all about? The organization takes its name from “anti-fascism,” according to the BBC. The members often dressed in blacks with masks and confronted neo-Nazis, white supremacists, neo0fascism, and racism beginning in the early 2000s. Still, they were basically dormant until Trump appeared with his “very fine people,” white supremacists. Ironically, like those they oppose, Antifa has some anti-government tendencies. One member said:
‘It’s not just resisting the federal administration but also resisting moves that can lead to fascism, and those happen locally whether from local officials or from local alt-right movements.’
They disrupt alt-right speakers and events, not peaceful protests. Their tactics include: shouting, chanting, and forming human chains. They have also formed counter-demonstrations. That was not to say they did not give back physically as much as they were given to protect peaceful protesters. Antifa monitors its opponents’ social media and releases their personal information.
When Donald Jr. retweeted his father’s message about “designating ANTIFA” a “Terrorist Organization,” Americans across the nation stood up and called him out. Take a look at some of our absolute favorite responses below and see if you agree with them.
Democrats 2020 – Vote Blue Up & Down The Ballots was far briefer than its name, but this individual certainly did pack a punching with those two words:
Nicole Justis Ubben quoted dear old Dad’s comment about white nationalists:
‘But white nationalists are very fine people, right??’
Then Ally Macpherson resists authoritarians nailed Junior against the IQ board where he struggled to get up:
‘Not very bright are you?’
Mast Chief Resists! pointed toward a line out of the classic movie The Godfather. Fredo Corleone argued after betraying his family, “I can handle things. I’m smart! Not like everybody says.” In one word, Master Chief tied “Junior” to the less-than-bright fictional brother:
When Is Trump Gone? got right to the point:
‘7 Months, 20 Days, 9 Minutes, and 52 Seconds’
JP noted that Don Jr. had no evidence:
‘What you are doing is repeating something other people are saying without any actual evidence. You can give us the names of the people saying it, but no details to support what they say. That’s called a baseless claim. It’s called hearsay. It’s called a rumor.’
Then, she gave examples “a name, a date, a place, a verified event.” After that she gave a poignant example:
‘Here’s the difference between truth and what you are doing: when you have the truth, you have a name, a date, a place, a verified event, such as James Fields running over a girl with his car in Charlottesville, 8/12/17; or, George Floyd killed by Chauvin, May 2020.’
She suggested that just like Trump, his eldest son preferred magical thinking:
‘No wonder you and your kind hate journalists. The processes they use to get the stories they report are completely incomprehensible to you. Here’s your process: I think it, therefore it must be true. All I need to do is find someone else who thinks it and that makes it so.’
Hopeful Cathy suggested white nationalists committed the violence during the peaceful demonstrations:
‘White nationalists were the violent rioters, using George Floyd as a cover. The protesters were a different group.’
The looting appeared to be organized. David B. also pointed out the biggest “looters” of all:
Of course, Americans might wonder about those on the other side. John Betts appeared to be out to lunch, because his tweet made absolutely no sense:
‘Don’t know about them specifically, but Chelsea #Clinton is bailing the rioters, arsons and folks who engaged in violence out of jail’
Viola Lee added that she could tell the difference between “white supremacists” and “Antifa.” Interesting:
‘What riots were you watching? In the 30 American cities with violent riots last night I never saw a clip of “white supremacists”. I saw white Antifa and Anarchists but no Supremacists.’
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