Trump administration officials accuse Antifa of inciting violence during protests
US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that the US government would declare the anti-fascist group Antifa a terrorist organization.
Trump’s announcement was made on Twitter amid nationwide protests against police brutality that began after the death of a black man in Minneapolis when he was detained by police.
Several senior Trump administration officials, including Attorney General William Barr, have accused Antifa and other “agitators” of taking control of protests in US cities.
“The violence incited and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the riots is internal terrorism and will be treated accordingly,” Barr said on Sunday after the president’s tweet.
It is not yet clear how many demonstrators across the country are members of Antifa, which, experts say, is not an organization, but rather an amorphous movement.
This is not the first time that the President has characterized Antifa as a terrorist organization. Some politicians, notably Senator Ted Cruz, have made similar statements.