President Donald Trump said Wednesday he was considering designating masked Antifa militants as a terrorist organization because of the group’s violent actions across the country.
“We’re looking at a lot of different things relative to Antifa. Antifa, in my opinion, is a terrorist organization,” Trump said of the mask-wearing group in response to a question at a press gaggle before his departure for Louisville, Kentucky, to address a national veterans convention.
“You see what they’ve been doing,” Trump said of the loosely organized far-left group. “We’ve had great support on that. We’re looking at various, different things.”
Antifa, which claims to be “anti-fascist,” is best-known for rioting and clashes with groups it considers to be “white nationalists.” In June, a group of Antifa protesters in Portland, Oregon, beat up journalist Andy Ngo, who is Asian. He sustained injuries, including a brain hemorrhage.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has called for an investigation into Antifa and into the Portland city government, which he said didn’t police Antifa’s violent actions. Cruz also co-sponsored a bill with Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., to designate Antifa as a terrorist organization.