U.S. President Donald J. Trump on Sunday said that ANTIFA would be formally designated a terrorist organization, while Attorney General Bill Barr said, as domestic terrorists, the group would feel the brunt of 56 regional FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces.
The infiltration of ANTIFA and its splinter groups in the weekend’s violence confirmed to many that the spontaneous nature of the protests in 25 cities was rather the work of a national organization. While not alluded to on Sunday, billionaire George Soros has come under fire for directing and funding the group, as documents show how his political PAC was used to create the same type of street violence that plagued Baltimore in 2015.
The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020
Ultimately, these “Anti-Fascists” are, in fact, the product of fascists, insisting on controlling the country through armed violence.
Their logo, literally, the same used in Nazi Germany is not lost on their detractors.
The terrorist designation changes how their crimes can be handled by law enforcement, making each infraction a federal offense, thus, hounding them with the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation rather than with local or state police.
President Trump did not say when the designation would come into effect.
In a separate statement from the DOJ released shortly after, AG Barr said:
“It is time to stop watching the violence and to confront and stop it. The continued violence and destruction of property endangers the lives and livelihoods of others, and interferes with the rights of peaceful protestors, as well as all other citizens.”
“Federal law enforcement actions will be directed at apprehending and charging the violent radical agitators who have hijacked peaceful protest and are engaged in violations of federal law.”
“To identify criminal organizers and instigators, and to coordinate federal resources with our state and local partners, federal law enforcement is using our existing network of 56 regional FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF).”
“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.”