We are now hearing more details about the Antifa "demonstration" at Tucker Carlson's house in Washington, D.C. last night. A mob of about 20 left-wing thugs came onto Carlson's property when his wife was home, began banging on his door, managing to crack it in the process, shouting, "We know where you sleep at night." Someone in the crowd could be heard saying something about a pipe bomb.
A Twitter account associated with the group posted this message: "Racist scumbag, leave town!' Every night you spread fear into our homes—fear of the other, fear of us, and fear of them. Each night you tell us we are not safe. Tonight you're reminded that we have a voice. Tonight, we remind you that you are not safe either." The group also posted the names and addresses of Carlson's brother and friend.
This is not a protest. It is not free speech. These are not activists. These are terrorists engaged in an organized campaign to harass and threaten their political enemies. And this is far from the first case we have seen. We've seen them shut down whole city blocks, assaulting innocent bystanders and vandalizing property. We've seen them swarm politicians and chase them out of restaurants. We've seen them riot in stupid ski masks, wielding baseball bats and clubs. There's a reason the Department of Homeland Security considers them domestic terrorists. This is politically-motivated violence, incitement, and harassment. That's what terrorism is, by definition.
The problem is that they aren't generally treated like terrorists. Usually they're allowed to carry on unimpeded, even if they're accosting the elderly and the wheelchair-bound. They're given immense leeway when they should be given none at all. I haven't read about any mass arrests at Carlson's house last night, even though everyone present was engaged in flagrantly criminal behavior.
Perhaps the strategy is to wait until they kill someone, and then come down hard. I think it would be better to head them off at the pass. We can all see where this is going, don't we? Groups like this either become more and more violent, escalating their tactics, or they are stamped out and suppressed. I'm not aware of any case where an Antifa-like organization did a course correction on its own and began trending back in the direction of non-violence.
So, what are we waiting for? Why are these ski-masked terrorists allowed to get past square one? They want us to see them as a threat. They want us to know — and are very explicit about the fact — that their political opponents aren't "safe." I say we finally take them at their word.