Recently Portland, Oregon has been the site of several high-profile confrontations, sometimes escalating into violence, between the far-right group Proud Boys and the group known as ANTIFA— short for anti-fascists. This past Saturday saw another rally in which the two groups clashed, resulting in several minor altercations and multiple arrests.
On that day, President Trump tweeted: “Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an ‘ORGANIZATION OF TERROR.’ Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!”
Trump has been repeatedly critical of ANTIFA, and this instance marks the second tweet in which he has threatened to label the association a terrorist organization.
Last month, several GOP lawmakers, including Ted Cruz and Bill Cassidy, introduced a nonbinding resolution that would label ANTIFA activists as terrorists.
Food For Thought
Is it fair to label ANTIFA a terrorist organization? If so, should the Proud Boys activists also be considered terrorists?