President Donald Trump harshly criticized the violent leftist Antifa group during a rally in North Carolina on July 17.
The president assured during the event that the members of Antifa are “bad people.”
“These are bad people. These are sick, bad people,” he told the crowd who came to hear the president’s speech, which is available on NBC News YouTube channel.
The president stressed that the media does not want to report on them and does not spread their attacks.
“They don’t get the bad press, the press doesn’t want to talk to them. They are very evil: they are hitting people over the head with sticks, I mean bats even. They’re whacking people with bats,” Trump explained.
Antifa members are usually young and wear masks to avoid being recognized when they assault or destroy things, Trump added.
“They’re very brave,” Trump said ironically, “they always show up with the mask and they’re covered, because then they go home with mom and dad, they don’t want mom and dad to know where they were,” Trump said.
The president mentioned the recent incident of an attack on a journalist during a demonstration in Portland, Andy Ngo.
Attacks on Americans
“You notice they always attack people that really have never been attacked before,” he said.
“They attack, and I don’t want to be disrespectful to people that have taken a lot of shots to the face, but they wouldn’t attack some of the people in this room,” Trump said.
“They are not attacking bikers for Trump, they’re not attacking construction workers for Trump, they’re not attacking law enforcement or military for Trump,” the president continued.
According to the president, this group does not attack Trump fans because that “wouldn’t be a pretty picture, that wouldn’t look to good for them.”
Trump also referred to what he called the ‘squad’ made up of Democratic legislators Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) who have been claiming that there are concentration camps on the country’s southern border.
“So these congresswomen, their comments are helping to fuel the rise of a dangerous, militant hard left,” Trump continued at the rally.
Last Saturday Willem Van Spronsen, a musician and carpenter from Vashon Island, near Seattle, appeared in front of a private Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Tacoma, Washington, armed with a rifle.
He began throwing “incendiary devices” at vehicles, setting fire to a car and attempting to burn buildings and a propane tank, according to BuzzFeed News.
Before attacking the facility, Van Spronsen sent a letter to his friends titled a “written manifesto,” detailing his motivation to “take action against the forces of evil,” specifically fascism and “concentration camps,” an expression popularized by Ocasio-Cortez.
The journalist Keean Bexte contacted the congresswomen in relation to this incident and asked them if they condemned the events, none of them replied.
“Antifa is a paramilitary group composed of extremists, violent anarchists, and communists who are provoking agitation to create a political revolution,” Andy Ngo said in an interview for the Wall Street Journal.
The growing violence of the extreme left-wing group Antifa has generated much concern in civil society to the point that recently a group of citizens initiated a petition on the official White House website for President Donald Trump to label the group as ‘domestic terrorist.’