BREAKING: ANTIFA Is Finished, Headed For Prison, After President Trump Says He’s Giving “Major Consideration” to Classifying ANTIFA an Organization of Terror
Demonstrators declared victory in Portland this week — as did masked anti-fascist counter-protesters, — after dueling rallies gave extremists the national attention they sought. The NY Post reports, however, the big loser may be AntiFa:
“Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an ‘ORGANIZATION OF TERROR,’” Trump posted.
Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an “ORGANIZATION OF TERROR.” Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2019
“Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!”
Police in riot gear largely managed to keep the right-wing Proud Boys and their supporters apart from the counter-protesters, although sporadic clashes continued across the city late in the day.
Officers arrested at least 13 people on charges including disorderly conduct, interfering with police and resisting arrest. They also seized metal and wooden poles, bear repellent, knives and a stun gun from various groups.
In the late afternoon, police declared a civil disturbance in a downtown neighborhood and made demonstrators leave the area.
Read how the LA Times reported the whole thing – what a bunch of fake news artists:
“Joe Biggs, a leader of the Proud Boys group — labeled a hate organization by the Southern Poverty Law Center — called a morning tweet by President Trump “pretty awesome.” Trump tweeted that Portland was being watched closely, and said that “major consideration is being given to naming antifa an ‘organization of terror.’ ”
Members of the Proud Boys and Three Percenters groups had hoped to goad Rose City antifa activists into attacking them to bolster the case, though it is unclear who or what government agency would have the authority to make such a classification.
In his tweet, Trump refrained from the type of comment he made two years ago regarding deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., when he said there were “very fine people on both sides” at the white-supremacist rally there. (He later waffled, saying, “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis or the white nationalists because they should be condemned totally.”)
On Saturday, Trump said nothing about the far-right demonstrators in Portland — only about those protesting their appearance.
Trump had initially tweeted on July 27 that he was considering naming antifa groups terrorists. The tweet came after U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) introduced a resolution calling for the terrorist designation, citing a June 29 Portland assault on Andy Ngo, a conservative journalist. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Wednesday that he expected arrests to be made in connection with that assault.
Over the last week, Portland police arrested six people, including Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson, in connection with a May 1 fight between far-right extremists and anti-fascists. A right-wing group called the Oath Keepers opted not to participate Saturday, saying organizers had not done enough to discourage white supremacists from showing up.
Trump also referred to Wheeler on Saturday, saying that he hoped the mayor would be able to properly do his job. In a subsequent interview, Wheeler said that “having the president chime in doesn’t do anything to de-escalate the situation,” which he said was still volatile as evening approached.
Wheeler praised the Portland Police Bureau, which massed much of its force and brought in federal agents and officers from around Oregon for a total force of 700 law enforcement officers. Police stood behind barricades that kept the opposing groups largely separated in the morning, then let a crowd of about 300 far-right demonstrators depart the downtown waterfront area by crossing a bridge over the Willamette River.
Members of Rose City Antifa, who showed up in their customary black garb, also said they judged the event a success. “We showed that Portland is not going to be intimidated by those far-right hooligans who come to our community,” said a spokesman who went by Isaac, declining to give his real name.”
Like I care what the Southern Poverty Law Center says?