District of Columbia — About 24 hours after President Donald Trump and his administration reached an asylum agreement with Guatemala and received a major victory regarding a potential border wall from the Supreme Court, the President dropped an announcement regarding the left-wing group ANTIFA.
ANTIFA, which holds rallies and clashes in most states but most notably Portland, has come under increased scrutiny and controversy for their violent tactics during their rallies and demonstrations. ANTIFA is best known for their opposition towards President Trump, covering their faces to avoid identification by law enforcement, and rioting during their demonstrations. Republicans have called for the group to be legally designated as terrorists, saying that their violent tactics have crossed them into that territory.
On Saturday, President Trump tweeted that ANTIFA was under consideration to become a designated terrorist organization, along with the MS-13 gang and others. A terrorism designation could be a finishing blow for the group, who have seen their public profile erode since their attack on conservative journalist Andy Ngo in Portland during a clash between them and the right-wing group Proud Boys. The President’s full tweet is as follows, “Consideration is being given to declaring ANTIFA, the gutless Radical Left Wack Jobs who go around hitting (only non-fighters) people over the heads with baseball bats, a major Organization of Terror (along with MS-13 & others). Would make it easier for police to do their job!”