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The Left’s explosive, prolonged rage at the election of President Donald Trump on Nov. 8, 2016, gave new life to the ultra-violent leftist movement known as Antifa. 2)
#LeftistRage #AntifaTerrorists
As a result, Antifa, which has been described as a revolutionary communist-anarchist militia movement that aspires to forcibly overthrow the United States government, is responsible for “a level of sustained political street warfare not seen in the U.S. since the 1960s.” 3)
Reports of #Antifa violence are everywhere, which is why the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security has quietly designated Antifa as “domestic terrorists.” (Capital Research Center produced a 3-part documentary series, America Under Siege, about Antifa and other political actors.) #DHS 4
#Antifa is not a single organization: it is a movement or coalition of leftist groups, each of which claims to combat “fascism,” a political ideology whose definition academics have been arguing about for decades. The word Antifa itself is a truncation of anti-fascist. 5)
Despite the name, the movement embraces fascistic tactics.

Antifa has gained new prominence in the post-Obama era. They trace their roots back to Nazi Germany. 6)
#Obama #Nazi #Antifa #fascists #Newspeak
Although they opposed the Sturmabteilung (SA), or Nazi storm troopers, like the SA they also used violence to intimidate political opponents and break up their meetings and rallies. #violence #intimidation #SA #NaziStormTroopers
It could be argued that the ideological distance between Antifa and the now-defunct National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, abbreviated as NSDAP) or Nazi Party, is so slight it can be measured in millimeters. 8
#Antifa #NaziParty
Determining who funds Antifa is difficult because the movement is highly decentralized and consists of private individuals and loosely affiliated groups.

Journalist Lee Stranahan downplays the significance of funding to Antifa.
#funding 9)
“While it’s been proven that #funders like #Soros & the #DemocratParty have paid protest organizers & some protesters, groups like the violent Black Bloc [sic – black bloc refers to a set of tactics, not a group] typically aren’t motivated by money, 10) #hate #AntiAmerican
...but instead come to protests because of their anti-American ideology, base criminal desires & thrill seeking.”

Nonetheless, the left-wing billionaire George #Soros has ties to Antifa through a group called the #AllianceforGlobalJustice (#AfGJ). #thrillseeking 11)
#Soros’s philanthropy, known at the time as the #OpenSociety Institute, gave $100,000 to AfGJ ($50,000 in 2004 and $50,000 in 2006).

Acting as a fiscal sponsor, #AfGJ gave $50,000 to #RefuseFascism, an unincorporated #Antifagroup. 12)
#Fiscalsponsors are recognized tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofits that take in donations on behalf of unincorporated or small groups so that donors can deduct the donations from their taxes, charging the group receiving the donation a processing fee. 13) #taxexempt
#RefuseFascism was created in the weeks after Donald Trump’s unexpected victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. The group’s goal was summed up in a slogan on its website: “It’s Fascism: Drive Out the Trump/Pence Regime!” 14) #Newspeak #Trump #HillaryLost
#RefuseFascism participated in rioting on Feb. 1, 2017, at the University of California, #Berkeley, with the goal of preventing conservative controversialist #MiloYiannopoulos from giving a speech. The #rioting caused more than $500,000 in damage. 15) #deplatforming
Stopping someone from speaking is called no-platforming (or sometimes #deplatforming). Summoning the spirit of “#RepressiveTolerance” essayist #HerbertMarcuse, the so-called father of the #NewLeft who favored shutting down non-leftists,... 16)
#Antifa & others on the #farLeft believe that #fascists are not entitled to #freespeech.

But Antifa operates under a twisted definition of #fascism, labeling mainstream conservatives fascists & lumping them in with #whitesupremacists & #Neonazis. 17)
Except in the fantasies of #Antifa and #radicalhategroups like the #SouthernPovertyLawCenter, it is fair to say that true fascists are hard to find in the U.S. today.

Nevertheless, Antifa supporters are talented at finding fascists where they don’t exist. 18)
Except in the fantasies of #Antifa and #radicalhategroups like the #SouthernPovertyLawCenter, it is fair to say that true fascists are hard to find in the U.S. today.

Nevertheless, Antifa supporters are talented at finding fascists where they don’t exist. 18)
#Radical journalist #NatashaLennard wrote at the Nation on the eve of Inauguration Day 2017, that Donald Trump is a living, breathing example of a #fascist: 19) #Trump
#libel #slander #smear #false #lies #Bernays
To call #Trumpism fascist is to suggest that it demands from us a unique response. We can deploy the “fascism” moniker to Trump’s ascendance by recognizing features like #selectivepopulism, #nationalism, #racism, #traditionalism, the deployment of #Newspeak 20) #Orwellian
& disregard for reasoned debate. The reason we should use the term is because, taken together, these aspects of Trumpism are not well combated or contained by standard liberal appeals to #reason. It is constitutive of its fascism that it demands a different sort of opposition. 21
So is #ManhattanInstitute scholar @HeatherMacDonald, allegedly, because she is #propolice.

In April 2017, Antifa prevented Mac Donald from entering an auditorium at #ClaremontMcKennaCollege where she was supposed to deliver a #speech. 22) #smear #libel #slander
Bizarrely, the activists called her “a #fascist, a #whitesupremacist, a #warhawk, a #transphobe, a #queerphobe, [and] a #classist” who was “ignorant of interlocking systems of domination that produce the lethal conditions under which oppressed peoples are forced to live.” 23)
All because she has written books about how the police are not racist.

Meanwhile, here are just a few examples of Antifa violence from 2017:

On March 4, hundreds of #Antifa activists descended on #Berkeley to use #violence to disrupt a “March 4 #Trump#rally. 24) #anarchists
At least 10 protesters were arrested. The same day #WoodyKaine, son of #SenTimKaine (D-Va..), was part of an #Antifaassault on #Trumpsupporters in the rotunda of the #MinnesotaCapitol. Kaine fought with police as they tried to arrest him for lobbing a #smokebomb. 25)
On March 25, Antifa launched a counter-protest at a pro-Trump event in #Philadelphia. They chanted, “Any time, any place, punch a Nazi in the face!” & forced the cancelation of the rally. Antifa hurled #bricks at Trump supporters during a march in #Portland, Oregon, on June 4. 26
Police relied on tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the mob.

On August 19, “[w]hen a few dozen people held a #freespeechrally in #Boston…, some 40,000 ‘anti-fascist’ protesters gathered to stage a counter-demonstration,” according to a report. 27) #antifa
“All told, there were 33 arrests, mostly for #disorderlyconduct and #assaults on #policeofficers.”

The same month in #Berkeley, Antifa protested President Trump’s proposed #borderwall and the very existence of America. “No Trump, No Wall, No USA at All!” they chanted. 28)
The Antifa website #ItsGoingDown dot org states that “in the U.S., most [anti-fascist] activists are anarchist, although a few are Maoist or anti-state Marxists,” but “in other countries, the movement is predominately Marxist.” #anarchists #Marxists #Maoists 29)
#Antifa views America and those who safeguard its free institutions as fundamentally illegitimate. #ItsGoingDownorg advises activists to “build a culture of non-cooperation with law enforcement.” #resist 30)
"If you have any intention of working with the police, FBI, or other agencies,” it continues, “or if you publically [sic] condemn anti-fascists who break the law: don’t call yourself an anti-fascist.” 31) #Resist #police #FBI #otheragencies #Antifa
#ItsGoingDowndotorg has urged activists to make the country “#ungovernable” by participating in “#massinsurrection,” “#massresistance,” and “all manner of #physicalviolence” against #Trumpsupporters, #capitalists, and “#conservative fascists.” #anarchy #Resistance 32)
The website displayed #propaganda images of #violentattacks on persons wearing Trump campaign hats bearing the slogan, “Make America Great Again.” This kind of violence was a “necessary evil” to promote social justice and destroy “fascism.” #MAGAHats #violence 33) #HateAmerica
Because of the rise of Antifa in the current political climate, CRC is launching a rolling exposé on the movement. In a series designed to grow into a separate website, 34)
CRC will examine in more detail the origin & history of Antifa, the ideology behind the movement, Antifa leaders & sympathizers, sources of funding, & common coalition partner groups. 35)
The exposé will include databases to make it easier for readers to track members, events, & even victims. 36 The End
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