A petition for President Donald Trump to label Antifa a domestic terrorist group, originally launched in the wake of the beating of journalist Andy Ngo at the hands of Antifa, has now swelled to nearly 40,000 signatures following the Antifa terrorist attack on a migrant detention facility in Tacoma, Washington.
Recent public relations disasters dealt to Antifa by their own actions appear to be catching up to the organization as the petition to label it a domestic terrorist group continues to gain signatures. At press time, the petition has over 38,000 signatures and is growing.
The petition originally started in the days following the brutal beating suffered by Ngo at the hands of Antifa while covering their counter protest in Portland, Oregon. While the signatures seemed to slow down, last weekend’s Antifa terrorist attack on a migrant detention center, in which a 69-year-old man armed with an AR-15 and Molotov cocktails fire bombed the facility and ultimately died, seems to have reignited the fire under the petition.
After the devastating Antifa attack on Andy Nego, an independent journalist who sustained severe injuries including a brain hemorrhage while covering a violent protest in Portland, Oregon, threats from Antifa to attack the Demand Free Speech rally in Washington, D.C. with acid, and a newly surfaced video showing Antifa members chanting “Allahu akbar, smash these Nazi scum” in 2017, a petition has been launched to label Antifa a terrorist organization.
The petition comes after a wave of Antifa violence and threats struck the nation this weekend. Enrique Tarrio, the co-organizer of the Demand Free Speech rally threatened with an acid attack, started the petition after the violent weekend.
“After the attack on Andy in Oregon, the threat of an acid attack against our Demand Free Speech rally, and years of violence, it’s time for the federal government to step in,” said Tarrio. “DHS must declare Antifa a terrorist organization.”
The petition states that “Antifa organizations all around the nation have gotten even more violent and depraved,” and notes that “They have burnt down universities, attacked the elderly and even threatened acid attacks. Antifa continues to target their fellow citizens with acts of violence and intimidation in order to reach a desired political outcome.”
It calls for “the White House and President Trump take direct action in labeling Antifa as a domestic terrorist group, full stop,” and concludes “Our nation’s security and homeland are at risk until we are able to clearly define Antifa as domestic terrorists.”
“End this madness,” the petition entreats.
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