Petition To Label Antifa A "Terrorist Organization" Reaches Critical Milestone

A petition calling for the White House to officially brand the Antifa movement as a terrorist organization has reached the threshold of signatures necessary to compel the Trump administration to reply, according to the Washington Times. The petition received its 100,000th signature around 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday. Though it had 30 days to reach that goal, the petition did so in less than a week.

The petition contends that Antifa deserves the terrorist designation because of its “violent actions” in cities like Berkeley, Calif, and Charlottesville, Va., as well as its “influence” in the killings of police officers.

The full text of the petition is below:

“Terrorism is defined as “the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims”. This definition is the same definition used to declare ISIS and other groups, as terrorist organizations.

 

AntiFa has earned this title due to its violent actions in multiple cities and their influence in the killings of multiple police officers throughout the United States.

 

It is time for the pentagon to be consistent in its actions – and just as they rightfully declared ISIS a terror group, they must declare AntiFa a terror group – on the grounds of principle, integrity, morality, and safety.”

If the petition is successful, Antifa would differ from other terror groups in one unique respect: Antifa isn’t an organization, so much as a blanket term for far-left protesters known for their violent battles with right-wing groups, as the Washington Times explains.

“Antifa is short for anti-fascists, and the people involved are generally extreme leftists known for their face-offs with right-wing activists, including recently in Berkeley, Calif. Antifa counter-protesters made an appearance in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend and clashed with white supremacy and neo-Nazi groups protesting the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue.”

Antifa demonstrators are typically marked by their preference for black sweatshirts, and for wrapping dark bandannas around their faces. However, there's at least one reason why the White House might de-prioritize the petition: The urgency surrounding the violent clashes that have erupted between demonstrators at various right-wing rallies and events involving conservative speakers has quieted somewhat after Saturday’s gatherings in Boston, which were largely peaceful.

As the Times notes, President Donald Trump has criticized what he calls “alt-left” groups that instigate violence at public demonstrations. Trump’s use of “alt-left” has widely been interpreted as another term for Antifa.

"What about the alt-left that came charging at, as you say, at the alt-right? Do they have any assemblage of guilt?" Trump told reporters at Trump Tower on Tuesday.

 

"What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do. That was a horrible, horrible day."

Though the president’s hostility is an encouraging sign, petitions that have taken aim at other protest groups since Trump took office in January have mostly fizzled, like a petition to label Black Lives Matter a terrorist group.
 

Comments

fleur de lis UmbilicalMosqu… Tue, 08/22/2017 - 09:48 Permalink

If the Antifa psychos are legally defined as terrorists and treated as such, then those who goad them into action and fund them as they travel America in search of a target community should be included as well.Soros is one well known psychotic with too much money, but also the lesser known psychotics like the punk who graduated from UCLA and now manages a riot and chaos business.Ignorant Hollyweird know-it-alls with too much money need to be looked at as well.One particularly porcine specimen comes to mind.Furthermore,  since the antifa guttersnipes like to malinger amid the leavy enclaves of colleges/universities who are so tolerant of their destructive behavior,  then academia should have its tax donations trimmed until they return to being places of learning instead of being tax funded bum magnets.Since they all profit handsomely from thier antics they can be fined to cover the damages.    

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GUS100CORRINA any_mouse Tue, 08/22/2017 - 05:13 Permalink

Petition To Label Antifa A "Terrorist Organization" Reaches Critical MilestoneMy response: Organizations like ANTIFA are examples of MARXIST PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL LEFT groups who are actively involved daily in the propogation of Domestic Terrorism. These organizations also represent a CLEAR and PRESENT DANGER to the REPUBLIC. ANTIFA is a less extreme example of ISIS in AMERICA. Indeed, the MARXIST (SATANIST) are in America using ORGANIZATIONS like ANTIFA and BLM as front groups. NEO-NAZIs are also a BIG problem.

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Sky flyer Tue, 08/22/2017 - 02:55 Permalink

Nothing and I mean nothing will come of this petition. More BS to entertain us and lead us to believe that what we think matters. The deep state and MIC is in full control now.

LightBulb18 Sky flyer Tue, 08/22/2017 - 03:08 Permalink

This serves A purpose. The people at the very top are not evil, or they would have left people with 3 tv channels forever. The left can no longer be talked to, no longer serve jury duty over racists. It is A term for people who are right wingers and believers in inequality among people and genders, which science now supports openly. But inequality as A permanent reality or not cant be bared by the left and most black people. So its almost certainly going to result in tremendous upheaval in america, and possibly divorce between the supporters of freedom, and the supporters of censorship and oppression. In God I trust.

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Boing_Snap Tue, 08/22/2017 - 03:14 Permalink

Now on to the Likud, get them a petition, Bibi should be in the sights of a drone shortly there after.Ya right, I know I'm still sleeping and having a good dream.

DeathMerchant Stinkworx Tue, 08/22/2017 - 04:38 Permalink

In many US states and the District of Columbia, there are anti-mask laws.[1] 

  • Anti-mask laws date back to the mid-20th century when states and municipalities passed them to stop the violent activities of the Ku Klux Klan, whose members typically wore hoods of white linen to conceal their identities.[2][3]
  • In the 21st century those laws have been applied to political protesters such as those affiliated with the Occupy Movement or Anonymous—wearing Guy Fawkes masks—.[4][5][6][7]
  • In some areas motorcyclists have been arrested using anti-masking laws as an illegal form of offender profiling. [8]

 Not too hard to figure out why leftist politicos aren't demanding these laws be enforced.

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TheLastTrump (not verified) Stinkworx Tue, 08/22/2017 - 10:52 Permalink

It is illegal to wear a mask in public almost everywhere, except in limited circumstances like Halloween etc. The police are ordered to enforce it or not enforce it. In Berkeley for round two anyone wearing masks was cited or arrested, and that day was peaceful IIRC.

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otschelnik Tue, 08/22/2017 - 03:21 Permalink

For SJW's there's a transcendental issue: i.e. that their Anitfa knights in black hoodies will be considered legally equivalent to the hated white supremacists, which is what they think the entire alt-R is. This anathema, even heresy to a cultural marixst.  Hitting a white supremacist with a baseball bat is quintessential virtue signaling.  SJW fantasize about it.  

Rebelrebel7 (not verified) Tue, 08/22/2017 - 03:39 Permalink

Dumb assed neo Nazis! If they  had ANY brains they would go after Hillary, Obama, and Sorros, who actually ARE leftist terrorists which has been proven through their sponsoring of national and international terrorism! They would also list Congress and the Federal Reserve!What can you expect from people with the intellectual capabilities of potatoes ?! 

Moneycircus Tue, 08/22/2017 - 03:28 Permalink

Antifa is the intimidation and violence squad of the Democratic Party, as was the KKK.Getting people to understand the racism at the heart of the Democrats will be far more effective than pinning the terrorist label on them.After all, one person's terrorist...

gregga777 Moneycircus Tue, 08/22/2017 - 03:33 Permalink

The Democratic Party was/is the party:

* of slavery-Northern and Southern Democrats uniformly protected slavery prior to the Civil War;
* that started the Civil War;
* of John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Republican President Abraham Lincoln;
* that created the KKK (Klu Klux Klan) (not to be confused with the Klinton Krime Klan);
* of the Southern Jim Crow laws;
* the Southern poll taxes to keep Blacks from voting;
* that segregated the Federal civil service—effectively firing any Blacks—and the US Armed Forces prior to WW1 and that also nearly single-handedly revived the dying Klu Klux Klan (thanks to the Demo-Marxist hero and vile white supremacist Woodrow Wilson);
* Republicans freed the slaves yet about 95% of black Americans incomprehensibly give Democrats their total devotion and allegiance;
* promised to keep the United States out of WW1 and then promptly reneged on that promise after the inauguration (thanks again to Woodrow Wilson);
* of the more than 500,000 man American commitment to the Vietnam War that they later demonized;
* of Northern racial segregation by zoning law fiat;
* that decided to blame the Vietnam War on the men and women who served there, demonizing them for having served;
* that created the Federal government's organs of state propaganda by allowing six Crony Capitalist CONporations to acquire ownership of at least 90% of all news Media and entertainment companies (thanks to William Jefferson "Bill the Rapist" Clinton);
* that created the notorious KKK (Klinton Krime Klan);

I've never voted for a Demo-Marxist Party political parasites and I never will. Not that I have any respect for the Repussican Party, but I absolutely loathe the Demo-Marxists.

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