Antifa leaders are now openly embracing violence because they claim it’s the only way to fight back against Nazis whom they believe are attempting to take over the nation.
The revelation comes via a piece published by The Hill on Thursday:
While both experts on the movement and activists within it emphasize that not everyone who participates in anti-fascist activism engages in violence, they say the use of force is intrinsic to their political philosophy.
“The justification [of the use of violence] is that Nazi ideology at its very core is founded on violence and on wielding power by any means,” said Mike Isaacson, one of the founders of Smash Racism D.C., an antifa organization in Washington.
Isaacson is unequivocal in his defense of violence as a legitimate tool to combat the creeping threat of what he deems authoritarianism.
“There is the question of whether these people should feel safe organizing as Nazis in public, and I don’t think they should,” said Isaacson.
“I don’t think anyone should think that someone who is intent on politically organizing for the sake of creating a state-sponsored genocide — I don’t think is something that we should protect,” he said.
This certainly isn’t the first time we’ve been warned to expect violent outbursts from leftists protests groups in the months ahead.
A group dubbed Refuse Fascism recently announced that it plans to hold massive protests throughout the nation starting on Nov. 5. According to a lengthy post published on a U.S. Communist Party website, the group is hoping that the events will snowball into a movement which will spur “regime change” to remove President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence from the White House.