Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is planning legislation to declare “Antifa” a “terrorist organization” after a riot she claims the group was behind.
Six people were arrested over the weekend in connection with a protest in Atlanta, Georgia that caused property damage, including a police car that was set on fire. While it’s not clear if any of the suspects were Antifa supporters, Greene was quick to blame the network.
The suspects face multiple misdemeanor and felony charges, including domestic terrorism. During a Monday night appearance on Fox News Tucker Carlson tonight that was divided According to Greene’s Twitter account, the Georgia Republican lashed out at Democrats while pledging to introduce legislation that would designate anyone associated with Antifa as terrorists.
“I honestly think America is fed up with Antifa,” Greene said. “Antifa are the ground forces of the Democratic Party… They will never be prosecuted. That’s because, we know the truth, Democrats are in control.”
“Well, it’s time to do something about Antifa,” she continued. “Therefore I will introduce legislation to declare Antifa domestic terrorists. Because they have to be taken apart. We need to look closely at who they are, who funds them.”
Greene went on to lament that Antifa supporters are “defending democratic causes,” including what she said was “the drag queens who are targeting our kids with Drag Queen Story Time.”
Antifa, short for “anti-fascist”, lacks a clear organizational structure and declared members. Instead, it is a worldwide ideological movement and loose network that began parallel to the rise of fascism in Europe after World War I.
Greene insisted Monday that Antifa supporters are “not the anti-fascists” but “the fascists,” despite the movement being more associated with the political left than the right.
According to the Oxford Reference, fascism is defined as “an authoritarian and nationalist right-wing system of government and social organization” or that which involves “extremely right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practices.”
Data suggests that right-wing extremists are significantly more likely to engage in violence than left-wing extremists, according to research published in the journal in May Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
“Data on extremists in the US showed that left-wing extremists are less likely to use violence than right-wing extremists and Islamist radicals,” the paper says. “Our findings are consistent with previous research showing that conservative ideology … is positively associated with violent political behavior.”
The Antifa movement recently gained momentum in the United States after left-wing protesters violently clashed with white supremacists on August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Antifa has since become a prime target for right-wing politicians, including Greene.
In May 2020, former President Donald Trump tweeted that the country would label Antifa a “terrorist organization” amid widespread protests against racism and police brutality following the death of George Floyd. Some of the protests turned into riots that many right-wingers attributed to Antifa.
FBI Director Christopher Wray dismissed Trump’s proposal in September 2020, noting that while Antifa is a “real thing” sometimes associated with violence, the loose network is “not a group or organization.”
Greene has previously claimed that Antifa was behind the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, and last year stated that “nobody can convince them of the reality” that Trump supporters raided the Capitol in order to protect the Overturn former President’s 2020 election defeat.
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