Peaceful protests against the death of George Floyd across American cities have been transformed into riots as antifa has infiltrated cities to incite violence, turning U.S. citizens against each other.
President Trump called antifa a terrorist organization on Twitter on May 31, “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.”
During a press conference at the White House, the president explained, “Those who threaten innocent life and property will be arrested, detained, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This includes antifa and others who are leading instigators of this violence,” reports Fox News.
The Attorney General Bill Barr agreed with the president’s comments in a press conference:
“Such senseless acts of anarchy are not exercises of First Amendment rights. They are crimes designed to terrify fellow citizens and intimidate communities. There are groups that exploit the opportunity to engage in such crimes as looting. We have evidence that antifa and other similar extremist groups have been involved in instigating and participating in the violent activity.”
On Monday, June 8, Barr spoke exclusively to Fox News’s Bret Baier, confirming that “focused investigations” are being carried out in relation to antifa and its part in the riots. “There appear to be sources of funding, and we are looking into the sources of funding—and there’s clearly a high degree of organization involved in some of these events, and we’re looking into that as well,” Barr told Baier. “And some of that relates to antifa, and some of it relates to groups that act very much like antifa. There’s a witches brew of extremist groups looking to exploit this on all sides.”
Barr confirmed the violent protests near the White House, which included the burning of St. John’s Episcopal Church and the harassment and assault of a Fox News reporter, required action, and the Secret Service had moved the president to the underground bunker for safety. Barr had also become a target for rioters, and crowds were moved back one block from the White House after the U.S. Park Police gave the directive to clear Lafayette Park the day before the president’s church visit.
When the president emerged from the White House and walked to the desecrated church in a show of strength, he became a target for mainstream media, calling it a “photo op.”
“The image has somewhat been mistreated, in the sense that I haven’t seen any videos on TV of all the violence that was happening preceding that,” Barr said. “I personally saw projectiles thrown, and two were thrown at me, and the police officers there and the security detail made me look back because they said projectiles had landed in the area—things like rocks and bottles had been thrown at me.”
Conservative journalist Andy Ngo was assaulted by antifa many times, including on June 29, 2018, when he was punched in the head by group members, and pelted with rocks and other objects.
“The city has had by this point, years of protests [that] turned into riots and they still have not learned from any of the mistakes of the past,” Ngo told Fox News. “They have not evolved and changed the policing tactics. Over and over its always what is now a mantra for them that they will not go in to intervene because it could incite the mob.”
In October 2019, Fox News also interviewed Gabriel Nadales a former antifa member. “You’ll find a lot of the members may do it for animal rights or for anti-capitalism, pro socialism. Personally, when I was in antifa, a lot of the activism I did was for animal rights,” said Nadales.
“But once they come together in the Black Bloc and behind the black mask, they kind of forget all that. They go for that common goal of silencing whatever their opposition at the moment is and oftentimes, we’ve seen them silence people simply for political disagreements,” said Nadales.