When people use violence to advance their cause, we consider them terrorists. Typically, thoughts of terrorism quickly bring to mind the extremists that conduct suicide missions to inflict as much damage as possible.
But what about the people who go around assaulting as many people as they can without taking their own lives? Do we consider them terrorists as well?
Most rational folks would say so, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has concurred with that thought.
As the Independent Journal Review (IJR) shares, “the Department of Homeland Security has classified the activities of Antifa, the leftist extremist group, as ‘domestic terrorist violence.'”
Antifa is a radical alt-Left group that’s chock full of thugs and cowards. If there’s something that they don’t like going on, they’ll show up and cause chaos. That was on full display last weekend in Berkeley, as the group showed up to disrupt a peaceful “Rally Against Hate” gathering – just because they wanted to.
“They were blamed by authorities for attacks on the police, government and political institutions, along with symbols of ‘the capitalist system,’ racism, social injustice and fascism, according to a confidential 2016 joint intelligence assessment by DHS and the FBI,” IJR shares.
IJR further states that as far back as the spring of 2016, both the DHS and FBI were looking into whether or not Antifa had the capability to carry out bombings at the Republican and Democratic national conventions.
According to Politico, one year later, a number of confidential documents within the federal law enforcement agencies now classify Antifa’s activities as “domestic terrorist violence,” which places the leftist group under increased scrutiny from the public and law enforcement.
It’s not hard to see why.
This is a big step towards exposing Antifa for what it is.
Even some Democratic leaders (like Nancy Pelosi) are finally starting to speak out against them, and we would fully expect the remainder of the party to follow suit. By extension, perhaps they can tell their buddies in the mainstream media to stop glamorizing the group.
There’s nothing glamorous about beating people up because you don’t like what they have to say. Failure to put a stop to Antifa’s violent ways has only emboldened them thus far, but we’ll hold out hope that the wheels are finally being put in motion to deal with the thugs.
While the DHS and FBI have classified Antifa as a domestic terror group, no such official classification has come from the White House as of yet.
The Trump administration will need to make up its mind soon, however, as a White House petition demanding the terror classification for Antifa has more than tripled the 100,000 signature mark required for a response from the executive office.