One of the most inane political arguments today seems to revolve around whether or not Antifa exists.
How this is even in question is seriously concerning. Those who self-identify as members of the group coordinate their appearance to declare their presence, carry flags bearing the Antifa logo, and have no problem organizing their antics online under the name.
But, all too often, you’ll find someone on social media taking offense to this, declaring that Antifa is not an organization, but, rather, a culture or lifestyle choice.
The reason for this purposeful deception is simple: It give supporters of Antifa an out when it comes to the violence that they tend to amplify when they arrive to exploit some poor city’s recent troubles. It give the internet trolls behind the movement a 4th wall to hide behind when things get heated.
In the suburbs of Minneapolis this week, the group seemed to have no qualms about letting the world know that they had arrived to make trouble.
Members of the violent far-left activist group Antifa identified themselves to a Fox News reporter who was on scene in Brooklyn Center, Minn., ahead of another night of unrest following the police-involved shooting of a motorist on Sunday.
Correspondent Mike Tobin joined “The Ingraham Angle” to give the latest from the scene where throngs of protesters and law enforcement faced off following the reportedly accidental shooting death of Daunte Wright, 20, by now-resigned Officer Kimberly Potter.Advertisement - story continues below
Potter has said she meant to reach for her taser instead of her gun while involved in an altercation with Wright at his car.
The agitators left no doubt about their allegiances.
Tobin, who was relocating to another part of the town at the time, spoke to Ingraham from inside a vehicle.
“I can tell you this. The makeup of the population out here certainly changed tonight. I think Sunday night it was all about the locals that were here: They were genuine and angry,” he said.
“As it goes on, you get more people coming in from out of town. I had several people that I spoke with who identified themselves as Antifa — and angrily so. So you had that crowd out here.”
Still, there are undoubtedly swarms of digital ne’er-do-wells out there claiming that Antifa isn’t real.