Since the Aug. 12 riot in Charlottesville, Virginia, most of the focus has been on the white nationalists’ role in the killing and injuring of people there after they clashed with counter-protesters. President Trump got hit with a massive backlash of criticism from both sides of the political aisle when he suggested that the violent leftist extremist involved should share some of the blame for the violence broke out. But now he’s been vindicated, and by the Politico no less.
The left-leaning Politico, which has been one of Trump’s biggest opponents in the mainstream media, obtained confidential law enforcement documents that classified the leftist extremist group Antifa’s activities as “domestic terrorist violence.” Bigger yet, the classification happened in 2016.
In other words, even the Obama administration’s own Department of Homeland Security considered Antifa to be terrorists. The confidential reports labeled Antifa as “anarchist extremists” who were to blame for attacks on police officers, “the capitalist system,” and other forms of government.
The assessments of Antifa, which was created in conjunction with the FBI, noted how the black clad rabble-rousers specifically targeted white supremacists. And they said things really ramped up during Trump’s campaign.
“These antifa guys were showing up with weapons, shields and bike helmets and just beating the [expletive] out of people. … They’re using Molotov cocktails, they’re starting fires, they’re throwing bombs and smashing windows,” one of the reports says.
What resulted was an escalation of violence, with extremists on both sides bringing more and more weapons to rallies and attacking each other without cause. Charlottesville seemed inevitable.
The Politico acknowledged but understated the impact of these documents, writing, “Those reports appear to bolster Trump’s insistence that extremists on the left bore some blame for the clashes in Charlottesville and represent a ‘problem’ nationally.”
But the Politico also interpreted the reports as blaming Trump for the increased violence simply because the violence increased during his campaign. The news outlet failed to fully acknowledge just how much the calculate violence was organized by outside efforts.
Former New York City police officer Brian Levin said, “Both the racists and a segment of violent antifa counter-protestors are amped for battle in an escalating arms race, where police departments are outmaneuvered, resulting in increasingly violent dangerous confrontations. It’s an orchestrated dance. The rallies spill over into social media and then even more people show up at the next rally primed for violent confrontation.”
Orchestrated, indeed. And the report notes that Antifa has a history of crashing “lawfully organized white supremacist” rallies, including at a June 2016 rally in California, where a clash resulted in 10 injuries, according to CNN. The Politico notes that even though Antifa members say they don’t have a leader, law enforcement investigators believe that they operate like interconnected terrorist cells. They said that the amount of planning that goes into Antifa gatherings, and the way they’re expertly executed, points to a huge amount of organization via social media.
And that’s why a “whole bunch of” Antifa members are terrorist watch list material, according to one official. Even back in 2016 under Obama, authorities were concerned that Antifa members would start committing large-scale attacks in the style of foreign Islamic terrorist attacks. Yet Trump got attacked for going after them.
What do you think of this? Earlier this week, a Latino son and father were brutally beaten by Antifa members for one sickening reason.