The Fire Of Violence Is Being Stoked… By The Right

Ken AshfordLaw, Racial Homicides, Social Media & Networking, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Let me be clear about one thing… the overwhelming majority of protests that are taking place are peaceful,

Let me be clear about another thing… looting and violence are occurring and some of it are by violent leftist protesters and much of it — particularly the looting — are crimes of opportunity.

It is also true that people in law enforcement have been hurt, killed, or injured.

I condemn all of this.

But Trump and AG Barr and others on the right are quick to condemn that all the trouble is coming from leftists, particularly, Anttfa. Trump went so far as to declare, by tweet, Antifa a terrorist organization.

Despite his position in the highest seat of national power, Trump’s tweets are (fortunately) not legally-binding. And even if they were, it wouldn’t matter — the United States has no official statute for designating domestic terrorists, a fact which has ironically served to benefit homegrown mass murderers acting on white supremacist agendas. There’s also the fact that Antifa is … not a formal organization. There is no hierarchy, no centralized leadership — it’s just individuals, occasionally clustering together, engaging in direct action. Even if you could legally designate Antifa as a domestic terrorist organization, it would be impossible to develop any sort of criteria to decide who or what qualifies as “Antifa.”

And since Antifa means “anti-fascist”, that would envelope virtually everyone who fought in World War II.

But stupid is as stupid does.

There is little sign that Antifa has been responsible for any of the violence. But right wing white supremacist groups posing as “Antifa” have been caught.

Check out this article from the prominent right wing blog Redstate.

The pro-Trump website RedState published a report Monday that was based on a tweet from a hoax “Antifa” account actually linked to a white nationalist group.

As NBC News’ Brandy Zadrozny, Emmanuelle Saliba, and Ben Collins reported Monday night, a Twitter account claiming to be a national Antifa group posted a tweet that went viral in conservative media. A Twitter spokesperson told NBC News that the account was suspended, and that the platform found it was linked to white nationalist group Identity Evropa.

Per NBC News:

The spokesperson said the account violated the company’s platform manipulation and spam policy, specifically the creation of fake accounts. Twitter suspended the account after a tweet that incited violence.

As protests were taking place in multiple states across the U.S. Sunday night, the newly created account, @ANTIFA_US, tweeted, “Tonight’s the night, Comrades,” with a brown raised fist emoji and “Tonight we say ‘F— The City’ and we move into the residential areas… the white hoods…. and we take what’s ours …”

Here’s the tweet in question:

Identity Evropa, which in early 2019 changed its name to “American Identity Movement,” is a white nationalist organization, led by Patrick Casey, that mainly organizes on college campuses across the country.

Trump campaign adviser and regular Fox News guest Harlan Hill was also duped by the faux tweet, as well as Fox Nation host Lara Logan.

“Absolutely insane,” Trump Jr. wrote on Instagram, sharing a screenshot of the tweet, “Just remember what ANTIFA really is. A Terrorist Organization! They’re not even pretending anymore.”

But there’s more…

There’s the Proud Boys, a well-known right wing group of armed race warriors, embedding themselves with the protesters.

You have the Boogaloo Boys. Like the Proud Boys, their goal is to start a second Civil War, as in “Civil War: Electric Boogaloo”. Hence, the stupid name. They are showing up to riot as well. They are sometimes identifiable by their Hawaiian shirts with their camo outfits.

And of course, you have unaffiliated people who see BLM protests as an opportunity to shoot:

But there’s even more…

Social media users participating in protests over the death of George Floyd have reported large piles of bricks randomly appearing at rallying sites.

Unconfirmed videos emerged on social media that claimed to show random stacks of bricks in the middle of some of these protest locations. Breaking911, a Twitter handle with nearly 700,000 followers, posted that “videos continue to surface showing protesters stumbling upon pallets of bricks or pavers in areas with no construction taking place.”

Videos of rioters stumbling on these piles prompted several theories online about their origin, ranging from them being planted there by police so rioters could face tougher charges to outside agitators trying to up the stir up more trouble.

The evidence is slack…. except for maybe this video of Boston PD in an alleyway handing bricks.

And then you have the police themselves. Aside from (possibly?) putting bricks out, many are… well… going crazy:

In Louisville, Kentucky, a police chief was fired after officers killed an African American restaurant owner, David McAtee. The officers involved in the incident had not activated their body cameras as required by department policy.

In Atlanta, Georgia, two police officers were fired on Sunday and three others were placed on desk duty after officers used Tasers on two college students who had been sitting in a car. The action violated department restrictions against excessive use of force.

“After review of that footage, Chief [Erika] Shields and I have made the determination that two of the officers involved in the incident last night will be terminated immediately,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a news conference.

A county prosecutor announced on Tuesday that arrest warrants had been issued for six Atlanta officers on charges including aggravated assault, simple battery, criminal damage to property, pointing a handgun and aggravated battery.

Police shot dead a member of a crowd in Las Vegas who had “multiple firearms who appeared to be wearing body armor”, the local police department said in a statement.

Finally…. guess who is back, after being silent for three years…. hacking from the left…

So much gaslighting and conspiracy theories, It’s hard to know what’s true.

UPDATE — earlier today: