ANTIFA is a radical left-wing movement in the United States. Short for anti-fascists, it is made up of autonomous activist groups that aim to achieve their political objectives through the use of direct action.
In the past, ANTIFA has been associated with violent demonstrations against various causes. It was involved in violent clashes white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. President Trump labeled the organization to be “alt-left”.
Now, he has taken action against them.
WHAT DID DONALD TRUMP DO AGAINST ANTIFA?
The President took to Twitter on Sunday to announce that he was designating ANTIFA to be a terrorist organization.
“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
He also accused the organization of being involved in the violence taking place during protests against the death of George Floyd in police custody.
At the Kennedy Space Center on Saturday, he said –
“The violence and vandalism is being led by ANTIFA and other radical left-wing groups who are terrorizing the innocent, destroying jobs, hurting businesses and burning down buildings.”
Moreover, he criticized the mayor of Minneapolis for not taking swift action against the protestors. In doing so, he praised the National Guard for dealing with ANTIFA.
“Congratulations to our National Guard for the great job they did immediately upon arriving in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last night. Should have been done by Mayor on first night and there would have been no trouble!”
He added –
“ANTIFA led anarchists, among others, were shut down quickly.”
However, Trump’s decision to label the organization a terrorist one has received pushback. The American Civil Liberties Union has said that he does not have the power to do so.
“Terrorism is an inherently political label, easily abused and misused.”
They added –
“Let’s be clear: There is no legal authority for designating a domestic group. Any such designation would raise significant due process and First Amendment concerns.”
Terrorism is an inherently political label, easily abused and misused.
Let’s be clear: There is no legal authority for designating a domestic group. Any such designation would raise significant due process and First Amendment concerns. https://t.co/SJpT7sHs4p
— ACLU (@ACLU) May 31, 2020