U.S President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that the U.S. will designate “Antifa” as a “terrorist organization.” The tweet comes as chaos has erupted across the United States after the mayhem of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died Monday after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on his neck until he stopped breathing. Tens of thousands marched peacefully, But many demonstrations sank into chaos as night fell: Cars and businesses were torched. The words “I can’t breathe” were spray-painted all over buildings. The damaged buildings include many near the White House.
“This is being driven by Antifa,” national security adviser Robert O’Brien told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “And they did it in Seattle. They have done it in Portland. They have done it in Berkeley. This is a destructive force of radical — I don’t even know if we want to call them leftists. Whatever they are, they’re — they’re militants who are coming in and burning our cities, and we’re going to get to the bottom of it.”
Attorney General William Barr has seemed to echo Trump’s assertion, saying the violent incidents in Minneapolis were driven by groups using “Antifa-like tactics.” Barr vowed that federal prosecutors across the country would use federal riots statutes to charge protesters who cross state lines to participate in violent rioting.
In an earlier tweet today, Mr. Trump praised the efforts of the Nationaal Guard in stopping the riots.
He said: ” Congratulations to our National Guard for the great job they did immediately upon arriving in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last night.