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White House petition: Formally recognize Antifa as a terrorist organization

A petition calls for President Donald Trump to declare Antifa as a terrorist organization. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A petition on the White House's website launched this week, asking President Donald Trump to formally recognize Antifa as a terrorist organization.

According to the petition, Antifa has earned the title of "terrorist organization" for their "violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims."

"AntiFa has earned this title due to its violent actions in multiple cities and their influence in the killings of multiple police officers throughout the United States," the petition said. "It is time for the pentagon to be consistent in its actions – and just as they rightfully declared ISIS a terror group, they must declare AntiFa a terror group – on the grounds of principle, integrity, morality, and safety."

The back story

Antifa — a nickname for anti-fascist — is a movement of extreme left-wing activists who are also typically referred to as the alt-left. They are known for facing off with members of the alt-right, as evidenced by the violence in Charlottesville.

When Trump condemned the protesters and counter protesters in Charlottesville, he didn't use the term "Antifa," but he hinted at them during a talk with reporters on Tuesday when he referred to the "alt-left":

"What about the alt-left that came charging at, as you say, at the alt-right? Do they have any assemblage of guilt?" Trump told reporters at Trump Tower on Tuesday, the Washington Examiner reported. "What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do. That was a horrible, horrible day."

The petition currently has 48,000 signatures. It needs 51,396 signatures by Sept. 30 in order to receive a response from the White House.

(H/T Washington Examiner)

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