In a tweet on Sunday, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would be designating the ironically-named Antifa as a terrorist organization.
Trump may run into trouble with the designation due to the decentralized nature of Antifa, and the fact that they’re a domestic organization rather than a foreign one, but he does have a plurality of agreement that the group’s actions do constitute those of a terrorist group.
- Voters are more critical of the police response to the latest outburst of black protest nationwide but also tend to agree with President Trump that the so-called “Antifa” movement thought to be behind much of the violence should be labeled as terrorists.
- 49% of Likely U.S. Voters think the “Antifa” movement should be designated a terrorist organization. Thirty percent (30%) disagree, while 22% are undecided.
- Forty percent (40%) believe the mob violence that has erupted in several cities during protests over the police killing of an unarmed man in Minneapolis is legitimate outrage over what happened. Forty-nine percent (49%) disagree and say it’s mostly criminals taking advantage of the situation. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.
- Thirty-one percent (31%) of voters now think most police departments are too aggressive in dealing with violent protesters, while 28% believe they are not aggressive enough. Just 30% think the response is about right. Eleven percent (11%) again are undecided.
One thing is for sure – that Antifa is about as “anti-fascist” as North Korea is a “Democratic People’s Republic.”