Democrats in the House of Representatives this week rejected language in a homeland security bill that would have classified the antifa movement as a domestic terrorism campaign, despite the fact that the loosely organized crusade has a well-documented history of terroristic behavior in American public life.
The bill, which arose in the House Judiciary Committee, sought to establish offices in the departments of Justice and Homeland Security meant to root out and counteract domestic terrorist organizations in the United States. Republicans had sought to add language about antifa into the law, but Democrats rejected that provision.
Antifa is known for its aggressive, often violent forms of street protest, particularly against journalists. Most notably, the group attacked journalist Andy Ngo last year in a beating so severe that the reporter ended up with brain injuries. Elsewhere they have assaulted journalists in Richmond, Virginia; in Washington, D.C.; in Berkeley, California (several times); in Charlottesville, Virginia, (several times); in San Francisco, and elsewhere.