President Donald Trump warned he would declare antifa a terrorist organization on Saturday, July 27, casting the group as the “gutless Radical Left Wack Jobs.”

“Consideration is being given to declaring ANTIFA, the gutless Radical Left Wack Jobs who go around hitting (only non-fighters) people over the heads with baseball bats, a major Organization of Terror (along with MS-13 & others),” the president wrote. “Would make it easier for police to do their job!”

 

The president’s comment appeared to be related to a resolution proposed earlier this month by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) to label antifa a terrorist group.

“Antifa is a terrorist organization composed of hateful, intolerant radicals who pursue their extreme agenda through aggressive violence. Time and time again their actions have demonstrated that their central purpose is to inflict harm on those who oppose their views,” Cruz said when he announced the resolution on July 19.

 

Earlier this week, the senator sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, and FBI Director Christopher Wray, calling for an investigation into antifa.

Las September, Cruz and his wife were assaulted by members of the Washington chapter of antifa who sent him a message warning that he was “not safe,” according to the Daily Caller.

Cassidy also stated in a press release on July 18, “Antifa are terrorists, violent masked bullies who ‘fight fascism’ with actual fascism, protected by Liberal privilege. Bullies get their way until someone says no. Elected officials must have courage, not cowardice, to prevent terror.”

Two Republican senators were responding to the antifa attack on journalist Andy Ngo at a protest in Portland on June 29. Ngo, an editor for Quillette, was bloodied and bruised in the attack. He was admitted to the hospital and suffered a head injury.

Earlier this month, another potential clash was defused in Washington when a group of antifa activists planned a counterprotest against the president’s supporters, reported Breibart News’s Hannah Bleau.