Donald Trump: U.S. to designate Antifa as terrorist organization

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2020

"The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization", Trump wrote in a series of messages on Twitter blaming rioting during police brutality protests on Antifa and other "radical left" elements.

The president has blamed far-left "militants" for the violence, including looting and fires, at the resulting protests, while Democratic voices say more investigation into white nationalist intervenors is warranted.

Trump's tweet Sunday is not the first time the president has described Antifa as a terrorist group. Chauvin faces a third-degree murder charge, but his family is calling for a first-degree charge as well as justice for other officers involved.

Trump on Friday expressed sympathy for Floyd's family.

Police in several cities have cracked down in what they've said is an effort to control crowds and keep citizens safe.

Videos have also captured armed militia groups and antifascist protestors in multiple cities.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY tweeted that she has questioned the Federal Bureau of Investigation on why domestic terror labels are not applied to white supremacist groups.

The USA lacks the lawful authority to name any domestic groups as "terrorist organizations", he said.

"Where is that concern today?" she added. John Harrington, the head of Minnesota's Department of Public Safety, told a news conference on Sunday that about 20 per cent of Saturday's arrest records were for people out-of-state, though he did not yet have the total for Saturday night's arrests.

Trump gave no other details in his early communications, but it marks a major step in limiting actions by the mask-wearing group that has been at the heart of many major protests. "Honor the memory of George Floyd!".

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