Fascism in the US has never been so evident or enjoyed as much freedom to act as it has under the Trump administration, which flaunts its contempt for conventional politics and the rule of law. Antifa have offered crucial resistance to the rising violence of the Nazis and fascists, and liberals and progressives are doing us all a disservice when they condemn the movement.
Among the many strange associations and accusations that came out of the mouth of Donald Trump during his August 22 “speech” to his base in Phoenix, Arizona, was the correlation of Democrats, the “media” and antifascists. According to Trump, the Democrats have “no ideas” and have constantly obstructed him and the “media” are “bad people” who give a platform to hate groups. The antifascists, meanwhile, are described thus: “they show up in the helmets and the black masks, and they’ve got clubs and they’ve got everything — antifa!”
Trump’s gambit, of course, is to criminalize those opposing his racist, white nationalist base. He seeks to tar and discredit all forms of protest against racism and xenophobia, including the beautiful, massive march of 40,000 people in Boston on August 19.
Trump’s fans have helped spread the message. A petition to label “antifa” as a terrorist group, started by what Politico has described as a “pro-Trump troll,” has gathered more than 250,000 signatures. Politico …read more