The violent thugs of Antifa are about to get a wake-up call from the junior senator from Texas.
Sen. Ted Cruz is co-sponsoring a Senate resolution titled “A resolution calling for the designation of Antifa as a domestic terrorist organization.”
Cruz’s co-sponsor on the resolution is Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. The resolution seeks to condemn “the violent acts carried out by members of Antifa” and is “calling for the designation of the group as a domestic terrorist organization.”
“Antifa is a group of hateful, intolerant radicals who pursue their unhinged agenda through aggressive violence,” Cruz said in a statement. “Time and time again their actions have demonstrated that their only purpose is to inflict harm on those who oppose their views. The hate and violence they spread must be stopped, and I am proud to introduce this resolution with Senator Cassidy to properly identify what Antifa are: domestic terrorists.”
“Antifa are terrorists, violent masked bullies who ‘fight fascism’ with actual fascism, protected by Liberal privilege,” Cassidy said. “With bullies, they get their way until someone says no. There must be courage, not cowardice, from the elected officials who allow violence against the innocent.”
Like any terrorist organization they choose to pursue their political ends through violence, fear & intimidation. They must be stopped. I’m proud to introduce this resolution w @SenBillCassidy to properly identify what Antifa are: domestic terrorists. —> https://t.co/3qDDun7Tp3
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) July 18, 2019
The text of the resolution explicitly names several instances of Antifa violence, noting that “members of Antifa have physically assaulted journalists and other individuals during protests and riots in Berkeley, California” and that “in February of 2018, journalist Andy Ngo was intimidated and threatened with violence by protestors affiliated with Antifa.”
Cruz and Cassidy’s resolution goes on to document Antifa’s antagonism to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, local police forces, and other law enforcement agencies.
“An ICE officer was followed by left wing activists and ‘confronted when he went to pick up his daughter from summer camp’, and another ‘had his name and photo plastered on flyers outside his home accusing him of being part of the ‘Gestapo,’” the resolution continues.
“Rose City Antifa, an Antifa group founded in 2007 in Portland, Oregon, explicitly rejects the authority of law enforcement officers in the United States, and Federal, State, and local governments, to protect free speech and stop acts of violence.”
In light of that litany of offenses, the resolution not only calls for Antifa to be labeled a terrorist organization, but also “calls upon the Federal Government to redouble its efforts, using all available and appropriate tools, to combat the spread of all forms of domestic terrorism, including White supremacist terrorism.”
Cruz has been a frequent critic of Antifa even before co-sponsoring the resolution. After the violent group assaulted and injured journalist Andy Ngo in Portland, Cruz spoke out against Antifa’s violence and Mayor Ted Wheeler’s failure to take decisive action.
To federal law enforcement: investigate & bring legal action against a Mayor who has, for political reasons, ordered his police officers to let citizens be attacked by domestic terrorists. https://t.co/5xyCDARICl https://t.co/c0Tf3SsKEf
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 30, 2019
“To federal law enforcement: investigate & bring legal action against a Mayor who has, for political reasons, ordered his police officers to let citizens be attacked by domestic terrorists,” Cruz said.
When Wheeler contested the accuracy of Cruz’s statements, the Texas lawmaker did not back down.
Ok, Mr. Mayor. You want talk “facts.” Great. Fact 1: a conservative journalist was violently assaulted by ANTIFA thugs on the streets of your city. Fact 2: you said “I support the Portland Police Bureau’s decision not to intervene.” Fact 3: you have a pattern of withdrawing…1/2 https://t.co/xkQiJ7sPyl
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 2, 2019
2/2…police protection to further your political agenda. When ANTIFA terrorists threatened ICE in Portland, you ORDERED police not to protect federal agents. Here’s a US Senate resolution (which I joined) condemning your partisan civil rights violations: https://t.co/KQAN94Ssn0 https://t.co/lCp7KDjPCs
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 2, 2019
“Ok, Mr. Mayor. You want talk ‘facts.’ Great. Fact 1: a conservative journalist was violently assaulted by ANTIFA thugs on the streets of your city” Cruz tweeted. “Fact 2: you said “I support the Portland Police Bureau’s decision not to intervene.” Fact 3: you have a pattern of withdrawing … police protection to further your political agenda. When ANTIFA terrorists threatened ICE in Portland, you ORDERED police not to protect federal agents.”
Cruz’s proposed resolution is a step in the right direction to bring awareness of the dangers of Antifa, a group whose goal is to rain down violence on all who disagree with it.
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