A century ago, fascist gangs roamed Italy’s streets. Wearing black outfits, they used chemicals on those they disagreed with. And if you’ve been following the news, you’ll know that in America, black clad thugs are once again using chemicals to attack their opponents. Are these modern day fascists? Not according to them–-they say they’re anti-fascists.
Quillette editor Andy Ngo has had his work published in National Review and The Wall Street Journal. He's also reported on left-wing violence, and that's made him a marked man. While covering a demonstration in Portland last week, Ngo was beaten by Antifa activists, sustaining a brain hemorrhage. He was also doused with milkshakes that Portland police say contained quick drying cement.
Antifa's Twitter supporters celebrated the violence, while mainstream publications like Salon said there was "no evidence" that the milkshakes contained cement. However, photos have emerged of cement being mixed and added in. Doing so certainly wouldn't have been out of character.
Last year, a man was punched in the back of the head for holding an American flag; he had to be hospitalized for a concussion. In Philadelphia, two Marines were jumped by a dozen Antifa members, one of whom has ties to high profile Democrats like Rep. Maxine Waters and Sen. Sherod Brown. Two years ago, an Antifa supporting college professor bashed a man over the head with a bike lock. Those aren't isolated incidents, as Antifa mobs have committed violence across the the country.
Although Antifa members claim to defend minorities and the LGBTQ community, they'll go after anyone who rejects their values: Andy Ngo is a gay Asian man, while the two Marines they targeted were Hispanic. Black Trump supporters have been a favorite target. What's more, some Antifa outfits are acquiring firearms and training with them.
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But the truth is, Antifa members aren't fighting Nazis on the beaches of Normandy; they're attacking civilians for political reasons. Antifa might call that "resistance," but to the rest of us, it's terrorism, and it needs to be treated accordingly. Congressman Jim Banks is calling for federal action, and others are following suit.
Detractors argue that Antifa can't be taken down since members are tough to identify and it's a loosely knit movement rather than a structured organization. However, some Antifa factions have websites, sell merchandise, and operate Twitter accounts (they're used to doxx law enforcement), which seems to make for some promising leads.
Time to take advantage of them.
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