WASHINGTON — Antifa’s plan to carry out an anti-government insurgency has been in the works since last November, intelligence reports have uncovered.
According to a report published by The Washington Times, the organization, which President Donald Trump recently declared a domestic terrorist group, has been planning race based riots since the kick off of the 2020 election campaign.
“Antifa’s actions represent a hard break with the long tradition of a peaceful political process in the United States,” former National Security Council staff member Rich Higgins told the Times. “Their Marxist ideology seeks not only to influence elections in the short term but to destroy the use of elections as the determining factor in political legitimacy.”
Joe Myers, a former Defense Intelligence Agency official and counterinsurgency expert, concurred with Higgins’ comments to the Times, adding, “President Trump’s election and revitalization of America are a threat to Antifa’s nihilist goals. They are fomenting this violence to create havoc, despair and to target the Trump campaign for defeat in 2020.”
According to the report, Antifa leaders used the death of George Floyd, a black man who died shortly after being taken into custody by Minneapolis police, as the call to launch riots in cities throughout the U.S..
“In recent days, our nation has been gripped by professional anarchists, violent mobs, arsonists, looters, criminals, rioters, antifa, and others,” Trump said Monday in response to the riots.
The White House National Security Council followed the president’s comments by announcing it is investigating the coordinated plots and gathering intelligence from cities affected by the riots throughout the past week.
“The president and the attorney general want to know from [FBI] Director [Christopher] Wray what the FBI has been doing to track and dismantle and surveil and prosecute antifa,” White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien told the Times. “And if that hasn’t been happening, we want to know what the plan is going forward.”