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How ‘antifa' became a Trump catch-all

Posted On: Jun 3, 2020   |   Posted By: Politico

How ‘antifa' became a Trump catch-all

Antifa has become a conservative catch-all under President Donald Trump. Any left-leaning protest that grows unruly is antifa. A mob of people protesting the president could be antifa.
Over the last few years, Trump, his base and the authorities have blamed antifa for everything from protesting the president's inauguration to, most notably, the recent looting and vandalism that has occurred amid peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man killed by a police officer while repeatedly saying, “I can't breathe.” Trump allies in Congress are tweeting a desire to “hunt” antifa. Right-wing commentators are citing tweets from fake antifa groups as proof of mass fomenting violence.
Yet antifa doesn't appear to have any organizing structure, and is connected only by an amorphous political ideology. There's not much more than anecdotal evidence and blurry Twitter assertions that organized antifa groups showed up at the recent protests, executing any sort of “well-trained” tactics.
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