Every night, the same scene plays out on the streets of America. It’s so predictable that you can almost set your watch to it: Protesters line up to chant and sing until police and National Guard troops begin to enforce curfews. Then, almost immediately, the ruffians enter the frame.
You can tell the difference between the two very easily. Those who came to demand peace and justice carry signs, and generally do not push back against the police. They know that their job is to be seen and heard in the most compassionate light that they can be. Those who come to do harm are often seen in goggles, combat boots, and helmets. They carry no signs, and they do no chanting.
These are the extremists, both from the “black bloc” of Antifa and from a number of white nationalist groups. Both organizations are seeking to create chaos, often in the name of casting the other in a poor light.
That reality was exposed yet again today.
A Twitter account claiming to belong to a national “antifa” organization and pushing violent rhetoric related to ongoing protests has been linked to the white nationalist group Identity Evropa, according to a Twitter spokesperson.
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 …”
This covert mechanism of these extremist agitators is meant to be volatile and incendiary, hence the strong language and violent tactics. Furthermore, the unwillingness of white nationalist groups to operate outside of the shadows is a very strong indication of their cowardice, and their lack of moral fortitude.
Their actions are condemnable at the very least, and treasonous upon even the most cursory inspection.
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