Correction: While multiple pro Antifa groups have promoted the event, there is no clear evidence to say that Antifa will be involved or planning the event. The story has been updated and clarified the language used.
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told the left-wing group antifa to “stay out of Texas” following Saturday’s mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart.
Patrick referred to a scheduled visit, which planned to conduct a “Border Resistance” militancy training tour for 10 days in El Paso, reported by conservative journalist Andy Ngo on July 30.
Antifa is leading a “Border Resistance” militancy training tour that will converge on a 10-day siege in El Paso, TX. The promotional image shows border enforcement officers being killed & government property fired bombed. Organizers asking for “white comrades” to pay for others. pic.twitter.com/zwG7iMLMZT
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) July 29, 2019
The promotion poster features an explicit depiction of violence, showing people shooting arrows at a tower where what appears to be a border enforcement officer lying dead on the ground.
“Clear message to antifa: Stay out of El Paso. Stay out of Texas, basically. We don’t need them coming in on Sept. 1,” Patrick told Fox News.
“We didn’t need them to begin with before this happened,” he continued, “I would say to antifa, scratch Texas off the map and don’t come in. It’s not the time and place for them to come at any time, particularly in aftermath of what happened in El Paso.”
However, a spokesperson for one of the organizers for the event denied Andy Ngo’s description, the spokesperson told Lead Stories.
“We have no affiliation with Antifa. We are not offering militancy training. We are having educational workshops about what is happening on the border and how to work better inside of communities. It’s not militancy training in any way.”
Antifa Left-wing activists are known for violent protests and intimidation against police, journalists, and Republican lawmakers. Last week, President Donald Trump expressed his support to declare antifa “a major organization of terror.”
A 21-year-old Dallas-area man named Patrick Crusius is in custody after the shooting, which left 20 fatalities and 26 more wounded on Saturday, Aug. 3.