President Donald Trump said that the administration is giving “major consideration” to designating the far-left antifa movement a terrorist organization, as the city of Portland, Oregon, prepared for dueling protests between right-wing demonstrators and antifa on Saturday, Aug. 17.

“Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an “ORGANIZATION OF TERROR.” Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!” Trump tweeted.

Portland is bracing for clashes between “The End of Domestic Terrorism” organizers and Antifa counter-protesters Saturday. One of the organizers of the planned event, Joe Biggs, said it serves as a response to the violent Antifa protests that broke out in the city last month, according to Breitbart.

Members of the Proud Boys and other right-wing demonstrators march across the Hawthorne Bridge during an “End Domestic Terrorism” rally in Portland, Ore., on Aug. 17, 2019. The group includes organizer Joe Biggs, in green hat, and Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio, holding megaphone. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Last month, the president also wrote, “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). Would make it easier for police to do their job!”

The city’s mayor said the situation was “potentially dangerous and volatile” but as of early afternoon most of the right-wing groups had left the area via a downtown bridge and police used officers on bikes and in riot gear to keep black clad, helmet, and mask-wearing anti-fascist protesters—known as antifa—from following them.

More than two dozen local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the Federal Protective Service, are in Portland to help police monitor the protests.

Ahead of the rally, Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler said Friday on Fox News’s “Outnumbered Overtime” he’s confident “from a law enforcement perspective, we’re going to have all the tools and the resources and personnel we need.”

“We support people’s rights to demonstrate,” Wheeler said. “But we don’t care about who you are or your politics are. If you engage in violence in this city, you will be held accountable.”

Earlier this month, Wheeler sent out a warning to all who plan to “commit violence and spread hate” in the city, writing, “We. Don’t. Want. You. Here. Stop using our beautiful city and our home to spread fear and disrupt our lives.”

Includes reporting from the Associated Press

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