President Trump is slated to follow through on his promise to designate Antifa a domestic terrorist organization.
In unveiling the many aspects of what the Trump Campaign is calling the President’s “Platinum Plan,” he will designate Antifa, as well as the largely defunct Ku Klux Klan, a terrorist organization and call for making lynching a national hate crime.
Earlier this summer, amid the chaos and violence that came in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the President tweeted that he would take measures to designate Antifa a terrorist organization, although no action has yet to be taken to do so until now. Antifa is self-described as an anarcho-communist movement.
“Instead of fighting for public safety for these communities, the Democrats are attacking our police and empowering far-left rioters, looters, and anarchists,” the President said in his Friday speech. “In the Republican Party, we believe in protecting ALL black lives.”
President Trump’s designation move comes after FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before Congress that Antifa, as well as other groups committing violence in the nation’s urban centers, are targets of FBI investigations.
“We have seen ANTIFA adherence coalescing and working together in what I would describe as small groups and nodes,” Wray said, adding that the bureau is executing investigations “into some anarchist violent extremists, some of whom operate through these nodes.”
Wray is joined in his concern about Antifa by Attorney General William Barr, who in August called Antifa a “revolutionary group” focused furthering the influence of communism and socialism in the United States.
“They are a revolutionary group that is interested in some form of socialism, communism. They’re essentially Bolsheviks. Their tactics are fascistic,” Barr said in an August 9th, 2020, interview with FOX News.
Antifa is alleged to be linked financially to Marxist-Progressive billionaire George Soros.