Amazingly, even extreme-leftist groups can push things so far that their allies will have to condemn them.
After all, you can only beat the daylights out of so many innocent people, throw so many Molotov cocktails, and destroy so much property before people are forced to criticize you, even if they agree with you.
Antifa hates an awful lot of people.
President Trump and his supporters are near the top of the list. The police are up there as well. Conservative public officials, and even the military are on their list of bad people against whom they believe action must be taken.
It’s a broad group, and their tactics when staging protests are often violent thereby negating any rights to freedom of speech or to assemble and demonstrate.
But again, things can be pushed only so far, and then action is unavoidable.
Heck, even leftist political leaders such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have had to condemn Antifa.
And now, finally, the Department of Homeland Security has named the group for what it really is: a domestic terror organization. It’s about time.
Politico describes how the group has been on DHS’s watch list for months:
“Previously unreported documents disclose that by April 2016, authorities believed that ‘anarchist extremists’ were the primary instigators of violence at public rallies against a range of targets.
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.”
“As the Trump campaign gained momentum, antifa stepped up its tactics against supporters of the Republican candidate.
“‘It was in that period … that we really became aware of them,’ said one senior law enforcement official who monitors domestic extremists in a state that has seen its fair share of clashes.
‘These antifa guys were showing up with weapons, shields and bike helmets and just beating the sh*t out of people. … They’re using Molotov cocktails, they’re starting fires, they’re throwing bombs and smashing windows.’“
These people are an excellent example of what jails are for.
The idea of guaranteeing the people’s right to freedom of speech and to peacefully assemble is largely to protect political speech and to encourage the exchange of ideas.
These protections were not put in place so that people could be injured, property could be destroyed, or threats of violence could shut down the very form of speech that is protected.
Antifa has stepped way over the line, and DHS is well in their rights to make this distinction.
After all, when Nancy Pelosi is forced to condemn a group on the left for its actions, you know they’ve gotten out of hand.