Editor's note: This post has been updated and corrected to indicate that the left wing groups referenced by Andy Ngo in his tweet were not, in fact, affiliated with any official Antifa group. Lt. Gov. Patrick appears to have been referencing either Ngo's tweet or other publicized reports about these border protester's events, but it does not appear that any of these groups are actually affiliated with Antifa.
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) shared a strong warning for Antifa in the wake of the tragic mass tragedy in El Paso Saturday.
"Clear message to Antifa: Stay out of El Paso. Stay out of Texas," Patrick told Fox News.
Saturday's tragedy came one month before left wing groups planned to converge on El Paso as part of a "Border Resistance Tour." Patrick's statement may have been in response to anti-Antifa journalist Andy Ngo's tweet about a "10-day siege" sponsored by these groups.
According to the promotional materials distributed by the group, which included images of protesters shooting arrows at beseiged border guards, the group's goals included "shut[ting] down ICE" during their 10-day event. The groups do not appear to have been affiliated with any Antifa organization, but Ngo identified them as such, which likely led to Patrick identifying them as such.
Antifa is leading a "Border Resistance" militancy training tour that will converge on a 10-day siege in El Paso, TX… https://t.co/Blj3PEHUmi— Andy Ngo (@Andy Ngo) 1564439954.0
"I was looking at a story recently I just saw in the last couple days where Antifa is posting they want to come to El Paso and do a 10-day siege," Patrick said on Fox News. "We don't need them coming in on Sept. 1."
"We didn't need them to begin with before this happened," he added. "I would say to Antifa: scratch Texas off the map and don't come in. It's not the time and place for them to come at any time, but particularly in aftermath of what just happened in El Paso."
"So, Antifa, message from the lieutenant governor: stay out of Texas," Patrick said again.
TX Lt. Gov Dan Patrick warns Antifa, who was planning to come to El Paso, to stay out of TX after the Walmart trage… https://t.co/H09kJjQBbP— Ryan Saavedra (@Ryan Saavedra) 1564859859.0