Trump Pours Gasoline On The Fire, Threatens Antifa While Ignoring Far-Right Violence Encouraged By Him
As authorities in Portland, Oregon, scrambled to control dueling protests between right-wing extremists and the anti-fascists who confronted them on Saturday, President Donald Trump threw gasoline on the fire, threatening that the anti-fascists demonstrators could be labeled terrorists.
“Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an ‘ORGANIZATION OF TERROR,’” he tweeted, adding that the city “is being watched very closely” and telling Mayor Ted Wheeler to “properly do his job.”
Trump made no mention of the far-right violence incited by him and encouraged by the Proud Boys, the self-described “western chauvinists” who organized the event.
Contrary to the president’s description, Antifa is not a singular organization, but a loose collection of groups and individuals who confront the far right’s violence.
The Proud Boys, a right-wing extremist organization, has been deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its spread of white nationalism, misogyny, and Islamophobia.
Though Trump has called for action against Antifa, the movement hasn’t been linked to a single killing. Meanwhile, white supremacist violence has surged under his administration.
According to a Washington Post analysis published in November, there were 36 incidents of right-wing domestic terrorism in the United States in 2017. Most recently evidenced by the mass shooting at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart where a gunman killed 22 people earlier this month. The suspect, who reportedly posted a white nationalist manifesto online before the shooting, admitted to authorities that he was targeting Mexicans.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2019
Yup. Trump is taking aim at Antifa, while ignoring the violence perpetrated by his followers.