Conservative pundit Laura Ingraham said on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning that it's time to get serious about the threat posed by the hard-left and urged the Trump administration to consider "declaring Antifa a terrorist origanization."
In response to yet another eruption of violence from the self-styled "anti-fascist" group — which openly espouses using violence, often preemptively, to silence whoever they label "fascists" — Ingraham cited the Change.org petition calling on the president to "declare Antifa a terrorist organization." Here's the full text of the petition, which currently has over 120,000 signatures:
Terrorism is, in its broadest sense, the use of intentionally indiscriminate violence as a means to create terror or fear, in order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim. ANTIFA have demonstrated time and time again that they're more than willing and able to fill these criteria.
We're asking that the president formally declare ANTIFA a domestic terror organization.
Over footage of the Antifa violence, Ingraham and the Fox & Friends hosts spoke about the situation in Berkeley over the weekend at the rally, where around 100 black-clad, mask-wearing, club-wielding Antifa thugs converged on a small group of peaceful right-wing rallyers. Antifa's actions were so egregious that even left-leaning outlets that had been doing their best to whitewash Antifa, including The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times, were forced to condemn the group.
Ingraham said it was time to strongly consider the domestic terrorism designation, but also said there were other means of addressing the problem, including RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act) prosecutions. Ingraham went on to call out Democratic leaders, including Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Barack Obama, to condemn Antifa, which Pelosi in fact did finally do later Tuesday.
Here's the segment via Fox News:
The labeling of domestic groups as terrorist organizations — particularly ones like Antifa which are, as Ingraham notes, more a "loose conglomerate" of disparate groups than a unified organization — is a slippery slope, as it opens the door to the federal government's abuse of the label and potential violation of citizens' civil rights. HotAir's Allahpundit sums it up succinctly. "Like it or not, most Antifa droogs are U.S. citizens; if you mainstream the idea that they’re 'terrorists,' inevitably you also mainstream the idea that their rights can be abridged to an extent that garden-variety criminals’ rights can’t. That’s treacherous terrain," he writes.
If you label Antifa domestic terrorists, then certainly the KKK deserve the label. And if the KKK deserve the label, why not other white nationalist groups that have engaged at any point in violence? Or what about those the Left say are guilty of "hate speech," which progressives now consistently conflate with actual violence? Put the wrong people in charge of the federal government and you have a civil rights crisis on your hands.
What's probably the best solution to Antifa, as well as their violent white supremacist counterparts, is good old fashioned, hard-nosed policing. Rather than instructing our law enforcement to stand down, mayors across the country should be empowering them to arrest the losers who commit violence and seek the stiffest penalties possible for their crimes.