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- 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.