Antifa is a candy and a breath mint. I know because you’re soaking in a floor wax and a dessert topping.
Trump’s shout out to the Proud Boys did ensure that their efforts in Portland would get a boost. They are an actual organization with actual membership and overlaps with groups going back to the Unite the Right event in Charlottesville. Twitter now features a disinformation campaign to disassociate members like Alan Swinney, arrested today on numerous violence charges.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 30, 2020
It also found that Telegram channels devoted to neo-Nazis and white supremacists portrayed Trump’s comments as signals of support for them. The Proud Boys dispute characterizations of them as white supremacists, but their actions often are touted by white supremacists and others on far-right political fringes.
“He legitimized them in a way that nobody in the community expected. It’s unbelievable. The celebration is incredible,” said Rita Katz, executive director of SITE. “In my 20 years of tracking terrorism and extremism, I never thought I’d see anything like this from a U.S. president.”
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) September 30, 2020
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 30, 2020
FDR: “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.”
JFK: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
Donald Trump: “Don't ever use the word smart with me.”