Donald Trump, possibly while hiding in the White House bunker while protesters outside demanded justice, tweeted on Sunday that he will be designating what he calls “ANTIFA” as a “Terrorist Organization.” Antifa is short for “anti-fascist” and is not an acronym that should be in all caps.
The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020
Anti-fascists are also not an “organization” with any kind of central leadership, but rather includes anyone anywhere who is against fascism. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the term “antifa” was first used in 1946 and was borrowed from a German phrase signaling an opposition to Nazism. The term gained popularity again after the election of Donald Trump in 2016.
It’s very unlikely that President Trump has the authority to make such a declaration in any legal sense. With all that considered, the threat has largely failed to intimidate and has quickly been turned into a massive joke.
Here are some of our favorite dunks on yet another highly uninformed Trump tweet:
The White House is a terrorist organization.— God (@TheTweetOfGod) May 31, 2020
You'll need to remove that bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office, then, dimwit. https://t.co/orgHs6Syjx— Elinor Elliot (@ElliotElinor) May 31, 2020
Two can play that game. I’m the CEO of ANTIFA and I’m designating YOU a Terrorist Organization.
— Wild Geerters (@classiclib3ral) May 31, 2020
Now do White Supremacists.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) May 31, 2020
According to Trump, one is a photo of terrorists and the other is a photo of good people with reasonable grievances. pic.twitter.com/HtkIyGD1QC— Nick Pettigrew (@Nick_Pettigrew) May 31, 2020
Imagine thinking antifa is worse than fa— Nish Kumar (@MrNishKumar) May 31, 2020
2016 commentators:— James Felton (@JimMFelton) May 31, 2020
maybe it won’t be so bad
Opposing Nazis is a terrorist offence https://t.co/YBHOBEepWX
So … you’re PRO fascist then?
Well, at least we agree on what you are. https://t.co/PBrekfmCyO
— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) May 31, 2020
oh no guys they took down Bill Antifa, the CEO of Antifa— Ryan Boyd (@ryandroyd) June 1, 2020
not like this. not like this https://t.co/1hB5I2gyJg
You're not going to effectively shut down Antifa until you take out their leaders Slender Man and the Blair Witch— maura quint (@behindyourback) June 1, 2020
Fascinating how abusive, racist cops are "a few bad apples" but some rioters and looters are sufficient to declare a nationwide outpouring of protest a far-left ANTIFA plot to be crushed by the 101st Airborne.— Dmitry Grozoubinski (@DmitryOpines) June 1, 2020
Correction: The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization and WHITE SUPREMACISTS that has killing thousands of Americans a Humanitarian Organization.
— Chidi®️ (@ChidiNwatu) May 31, 2020
Look out! Its those pesky ANTIFA dudes again. pic.twitter.com/Bbx2zELgAk
— Your man in the street (@Manny_Street) May 31, 2020
1. the US government has NO legal authority to label a domestic group in the manner it designates foreign #terrorist organizations.
But yeah, who are the terrorists again Trump?! pic.twitter.com/Tz39CNwycS
— Colombe Cahen-Salvador (@ColombeCS) May 31, 2020
Another National Tragedy I Fully Abbeted?
You’re talking about yourself, aren’t you.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) May 31, 2020
antifa is not an actual organization, but cool attempt to deflect attention away from the mass death and rampant unemployment that you are too incompetent to do anything about, bro
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) May 31, 2020