A petition on popular site Change.Org calling on the President to officially declare Antifa a Domestic Terrorist Organization is gaining steam this past month after a slow start. The new wave of Antifa led violence in the past month helping to drive the petition to over 120,000 thousand supporters. Less than 30,000 now away from its stated goal of 150,000.
The petition which defines Terrorism as “the use of intentionally indiscriminate violence as a means to create terror or fear, in order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim”. Claims that Antifa has “demonstrated time and time again that they’re more than willing and able to fill these criteria”. Something that the many victims of the organizations violent tactics would surely agree with.
The creator of the petition wrote the following strongly worded message when the 35,000 thousand milestone was being passed some time ago.
“The idea that disliking ANTIFA and their malicious behavior is somehow indicative of supporting fascism is sophistry of the highest order.
35,000 people. 35,000 people are sick of your violence. 35,000 people are tired of being afraid. 35,000 want you to be known in America for exactly what you are already known as in the rest of the world: A domestic terrorist group whose sole reason for existing is to terrorize the innocent, despite your protestations to the contrary.”
The petition now of course representing over 120,000 thousand people who are sick of Antifa violence. Even mainstream conservative voices have joined in with their support. With National Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham posting this just yesterday.
Its also worth noting on the above that the President himself is one of Laura’s followers on Twitter, and been known to directly address her comments as recently as this past week.
As many reading right now are likely asking themselves if there is any real point to such an effort. It’s worth noting that Change.org has had many major success stories over the years. Including getting the attention of law makers in D.C. a number of times as well. Our leaders have been known to buckle to public pressure from time to time, and that goes double for a populist President like Trump.
If a petition like this helped convince the President a majority of his supporters were for such a move, it certainly wouldn’t hurt the chances of such a thing happening at the very least. Keep in mind we have hit a point where even prominent liberals like Nancy Pelosi are disavowing the left-wing extremist group. Even if the efforts ultimately fail to drive Trump or other Capitol Hill lawmakers into action regarding Antifa. The petition can still serve as an effective symbolic mass condemnation of the organization and its intolerant, violent, and Un-American ideals. Which is enough reason to add your voice and sign all on its own.
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