Trump's 'ANTIFA' Threat Is Total Bullshit-And Totally Dangerous - 2020-06-01
Trump's Sunday offering came as federal and local authorities across the country scrambled to contain increasingly violent protests in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of police in Minneapolis. Trump, who over several years has launched numerous tirades against anti-fascists, blamed the movement—really, a set of organizing tactics—for vandalism at the protests.
Although he has previously threatened legal action against anti-fascists ("ANTIFA," in his preferred Twitter styling), the tweet was followed by a statement from Attorney General William Barr claiming that "violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly."
Veteran FBI agents and Homeland Security analysts immediately called the "terrorism" label little more than a cynical maneuver to encourage police violence at antiracist demonstrations that have increasingly been labeled the work of nefarious outsiders.