In what may be the latest instance of a right-wing self-own, earlier this week, conservative commentator Chuck Callesto claimed in a tweet that Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was planning to crack down on Antifa, which resulted in a number of amusing “Antifa HQ” memes on Twitter.
Antifa, as most are already aware, is the grassroots political movement that quite literally stands for anti-fascist—as in, those who oppose authoritarian dictatorships. You know, essentially the same principle the United States of America was founded on?
“BREAKING REPORT,” Callesto announced on Tuesday. “Rand Paul has called to subpoena ANTIFA plane records, hotel records, all travel records, and all funding…”
BREAKING REPORT: Rand Paul has called to SUBPOENA ANTIFA plane records, hotel records, all travel records & all funding....— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) September 1, 2020
Although Paul recently spoke out about being “attacked by an angry mob” of “over one hundred people” on the final night of the RNC—who may or may not have been associated with the Antifa movement—there is no evidence whatsoever that the senator is gonna subpoena sh—t.
For starters, how can he? Unlike fringe right-wing militia groups like the Proud Boys, there is no brick-and-mortar organization for Antifa. In fact, even the domain Antifa.com currently redirects to the campaign website for Joe Biden—though Biden is in no way involved, and it’s likely the work of a troll.
As such, it wasn’t before long that “Antifa HQ” memes began trending on Twitter, as the very concept of such a headquarters is a laughable notion in itself.
Gonna swing by Antifa HQ, you need anything? pic.twitter.com/O1owKuirlP— Danny Neary (@itsdannyneary) September 1, 2020
me and my girlfriend stopping by antifa HQ for some face masks, right after getting iced coffees at the LGBT community (same building) pic.twitter.com/ZM3gvWbLbA— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) September 1, 2020
Feds getting ready to bust in to Antifa HQ .. pic.twitter.com/EznNKQeUeL— J (@thayer_icob) September 1, 2020
We've located the Antifa HQ— Jet Jaguar (@Jett_Jaguar) September 1, 2020
Sending troops now pic.twitter.com/sA6zZjgH9M
The supporting responses are delightful. The bookkeeping department at antifa hq is in deep trouble.— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) September 1, 2020
Which reminds me, rioters and thugs, please remember to keep all your receipts! https://t.co/lEe3wADkiq
I’m at Antifa headquarters shredding documents. You’ll never take us alive copper— bryan (@murderxbryan) September 1, 2020
Antifa HQ is trending, they're on to us, cancel the book reading sessions, hide your knitting equipment, delete your cute animal gifs— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) September 1, 2020
Popular author Bess Kalb also had some choice words for Callesto.
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Others pointed out solemn reminders that before President Donald Trump fashioned himself a wannabe dictator (though he gets closer to the real thing every day) being Antifa was actually a good thing, and that any proposed Antifa HQ should be smack dab in the middle of Washington D.C.
FYI: antifa stands for anti-fascist.— Chip Franklin (@chipfranklin) September 1, 2020
FYI: the US government should be anti-fascist.
FYI: The White House SHOULD be Antifa HQ.
If your interested in visiting Antifa HQ, in addition to Antifa Air, they also offer cruises. pic.twitter.com/BPal6ttz3g— Lev Parnas & Igor Fruman LLC💎 (@KurisuS) September 1, 2020
I found the ANTIFA Leader! His last known ANTIFA HQ address was:— Mark Judson For Congress - Scorched Earth Democrat (@Judson4Congress) September 1, 2020
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500
Clearly, this has changed... pic.twitter.com/1e5mRQ8kBc
Antifa HQ— REPUBLICANS STOLE our PPP MONEY DECEIT/ FRAUD (@wildwestleft) September 1, 2020
is located at the WWII cemetery
My Dad was ANTIFA, fought in WWII
A plane full of uniformed antifa, circa 1944 pic.twitter.com/8V0CDmb4hQ— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) September 1, 2020
Following the nationwide unrest that erupted over the killing of George Floyd, Trump announced plans to declare Antifa as a terrorist organization, despite the fact that he has no practical reasons or legal ways of doing so. In the meantime, let Antifa HQ be whatever and wherever you want it to be.