Representative 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 that turned into a riot in Atlanta, Georgia, causing property damage, including a police car set on fire. While it’s not clear if any of the suspects were antifa supporters, Greene quickly laid the blame on the network.
The suspects face multiple crimes and crimes, including domestic terrorism. During a Monday night appearance on TBEN News’ Tucker Carlson tonight that was shared on Greene’s Twitter account, the Georgia Republican lashed out at Democrats as he promised to introduce a bill that would label anyone associated with antifa as terrorists.
“I honestly think America is tired of antifa,” Greene said. “Antifa is the Democratic Party’s ground forces… They are never prosecuted. That’s because, we know the truth, it’s the Democrats who are in control.”
“Well, it’s time to do something about antifa,” she continued. “That’s why I’m going to introduce legislation to declare antifa domestic terrorists. Because they need to be broken up. We need to investigate exactly who they are, who is funding them.”
Greene further complained that antifa supporters are “defending Democratic causes,” including what she said were “the drag queens attacking our kids with Drag Queen Story Time.”
Antifa, short for “anti-fascist,” lacks a clear organizational structure and declared members. It is instead a global ideological movement and loose network that began alongside the rise of fascism in post-World War I Europe.
Greene insisted on Monday that antifa supporters were “not the anti-fascists” but instead “the fascists,” despite the movement being associated with the political left rather 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 “extreme right-wing, authoritarian or intolerant views or practices”.
Data has suggested that right-wing extremists become violent significantly more often than left-wing extremists, according to a research article published in May in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
Data on extremists in the United States showed that left-wing radicals were less likely to use violence than right-wing and Islamist radicals. “Our results are in line with previous research showing that conservative ideology … is positively associated with violent political behavior.”
The antifa movement most recently gained momentum in the US after left-wing protesters violently clashed with white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017. Antifa has since become a favorite target of 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 on the right blamed on antifa.
FBI Director Christopher Wray dismissed Trump’s suggestion in September 2020, pointing out that while antifa was a “real thing” sometimes associated with violence, the loose network was “not a group or organization.”
Greene has previously claimed that antifa was behind the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, declaring last year that “no one can convince her” of the reality that Trump supporters breached the Capitol in an attempt to undo the former president’s 2020 election loss. to make.
News week has contacted Greene’s office for comment.