The independent journalist who was brutally beaten by an Antifa mob in Portland in June while covering the group’s latest demonstration there says members of the anarchist organization believe they are pushing America towards a second civil war.
In an interview with James Delingpole of Breitbart News, journalist Andy Ngo, who has covered Antifa for years, explained the group’s ideology and what motivates its mostly Millennial-age adherents to use violence in pursuit of their political objectives — just like the Nazi-aligned Brown Shirts did in early 1930s Germany.
“There is a symbiotic relationship between extreme anarchists and hardcore communists. And the violence they do on the street is towards furthering their war. They are actually trying to agitate for a revolution,” Ngo said.
“So from the outside it may seem like stupid street violence and vandalism but they really believe that we are living in the latter days of fascism,” Ngo added. “The conflict is going to happen in the future by bringing these brutal forms of violence, either against the state, individuals, or property. Instead of inching closer and closer to that final, climatic battle, it’s going to make us run quicker there.”
The indy journalist noted that Americans ought not allow Antifa members to claim, falsely, that they are battling “fascism” as they say they are.
“We have authorities or academics have the frameworks for researching violent extremist ideologies and I’d like to see that applied to Antifa,” Ngo said. “I think, in some ways, how they organize has many parallels to Islamism.
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“So I don’t see them as just a benign movement of so-called anti-fascists. I mean, I don’t even give them that propaganda win of calling them anti-fascists. I say ‘Antifa’ because I want to separate that from anti-fascism, which to the average person would sound like a very noble thing,” he continued. (Related: New video angles show antifa thugs who attacked journalist Andy Ngo in Portland involved in premeditated assault: Where is the Justice Dept.?)
As far back as the 2016 campaign, even the Obama administration likened Antifa violence to “domestic terrorism,” though the Department of Homeland Security never actually designated the group as a domestic terrorist organization.
‘Everybody is wondering: What are we gonna do?’
Politico reported that DHS and the FBI sent warnings to state and local officials ahead of Trump rallies, for instance, that Antifa extremists “had become increasingly confrontational and dangerous, so much so that the Department of Homeland Security formally classified their activities as ‘domestic terrorist violence…’”
And in recent months, President Trump himself said he was considering labeling the group, officially, a domestic terrorist organization so that their activities could be interdicted and prosecuted by the federal government.
While Politico spun the revelation as the rise of Antifa somehow being Trump’s fault, the fact is the group began coalescing around hatred for supporters of the eventual president.
“It was in that period [as the Trump campaign emerged] that we really became aware of them,” one senior law enforcement official told the news site.
“These antifa guys were showing up with weapons, shields and bike helmets and just beating the s**t out of people. … They’re using Molotov cocktails, they’re starting fires, they’re throwing bombs and smashing windows,” the source said.
“Everybody is wondering, ‘What are we gonna do? How are we gonna deal with this?’” said the senior state law enforcement official. “Every time they have one of these protests where both sides are bringing guns, there are sphincters tightening in my world. Emotions get high, and fingers get twitchy on the trigger.”
President Trump has said he is considering naming Antifa a domestic terrorist organization. The only way they get disbanded for good — before they actually plunge regions of our country into violent conflict — is to take responsibility to charge members for their violence out of the hands of friendly local Left-wing prosecutors and place it into the hands of federal agencies.