Berkeley Mayor Calls for Antifa to be Classified as a Gang. The Internet Reacts.
On Sunday, supporters of President Trump gathered for the "No to Marxism in America" event in Berkeley, California. Organizers called off the event shortly after strict security measures were implemented by local authorities.
Despite the cancellation, Antifa thugs adorned in masks and carrying weapons attacked the peaceful demonstrators that did show up, battling police and generally acting like, well, thugs:
The following day, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin finally denounced Antifa after months of behind-the-scenes support:
In previous Berkeley Antifa attacks, Mayor Arreguin notoriously supported police stand-down orders and is allegedly under FBI investigation for either advocating or inciting riots with his rhetoric. It remains unclear if this is what prompted the 180-degree reversal, but nevertheless, twitter is on fire with commentary.
The Boston Antifa chapter made light of the events, hoping to be immortalized in video games as an enemy faction:
This user insinuates that Antifa aren't actually fascists, even though they use violence against anyone that disagrees with them. No, to this person it's obviously Berkeley Police that's fascist:
These users criticized Mayor Arreguin on his decision to stop short of 'terrorist' in classifying Antifa:
Still another user chimes in by referencing the Mayor's connection to fascist group 'By Any Means Necessary' (BAMN), a far-left extremist organization that funds and organizes Antifa:
Still other users attempted to extrapolate detail from available media to figure out who was actually behind the mayhem:
Anonymous users of the underground web-community 4chan analyzed the image in-depth, noting that an expensive radio is visible in Gillespie's breast pocket. Comments indicated that the radio could be used for communications or listening in to police frequencies, suggesting a high level of internal organization and funding.
That's a huge shift in thinking, and good news! Being identified as a gang probably would put Antifa on DOJ's radar, like MS-13.— Deplorable Drew 🇺🇸 (@drew2u11) August 30, 2017
Still, it seems there may be hope yet for America's future. It's too soon to tell, but perhaps this is where the tide begins to turn.
Stay alert. Stay alive.