President Trump is planning to help stamp out organized violence as he made the move to label the anti-fascist group antifa a terrorist organization, as many states struggle to contain the violence that has erupted across America.
George Floyd, a black man was allegedly murdered by a white police officer in Minneapolis, when, despite repeating, “I can’t breathe” as the officer applied full body weight to his neck, the officer ignore his pleas.
Following another night of violence across the country as protests gathered momentum, erupting in violence and looting, the president tweeted, “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.”
The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020
Antifa often resorts to radical or military-style tactics to get its message across and infiltrates protests and sparking violence.
Extremists from far-left groups include anarchists, white supremacists, and far-left extremists, and they travel interstate to stir up trouble. “We have reason to believe that bad actors continue to infiltrate the rightful protests of George Floyd’s murder, which is why we are extending the curfew by one day,” Gov. Tim Walz of Minnesota tweeted on Sunday, May 31.
We have reason to believe that bad actors continue to infiltrate the rightful protests of George Floyd’s murder, which is why we are extending the curfew by one day.
— Governor Tim Walz (@GovTimWalz) May 31, 2020
Peaceful protests are the right of all Americans, but escalating into violence and destructive behavior cannot be tolerated.
Barr acknowledged on Saturday, the “outrage” over George Floyd’s death is “real and legitimate,” but said the peaceful protests against the police officer that murdered him that began in Minneapolis have been hijacked by “anarchic” and “far-left extremists groups.”
The Justice Department will seek out those involved in the riots said Barr, “Apprehending and charging the violent radical agitators who have hijacked peaceful protest and are engaged in violations of federal law.”
“Preventing reconciliation and driving us apart is the goal of these radical groups, and we cannot let them succeed,” he said.
“Unfortunately, with the rioting that is occurring in many of our cities around the country, the voices of peaceful protest are being hijacked by violent radical elements,” said Barr in a statement. “The violence instigated and carried out by antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly,” added Barr.
In response to the president’s tweet, ACLU National Security Project Director Hina Shamsi said there is “no legal authority for designating a domestic group” as a terrorist organization.
“As this tweet demonstrates, terrorism is an inherently political label, easily abused and misused. There is no legal authority for designating a domestic group. Any such designation would raise significant due process and First Amendment concerns,” reported Fox 59.