Keith Ellison’s Unbelievable Promotion of Antifa Leaves Us Utterly Perplexed
What was Democratic National Committee (DNC) Deputy Chair Keith Ellison thinking? In a perplexing move which still leaves us speechless, Ellison promoted a book an Antifa, an anti-fascist handbook, in a Tweet meant to “strike fear in the heart of @realDonaldTrump.” Yes, the same Antifa with clear Marxist communist ideology that may have been designated a terrorist organization by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Democrats have gone “all in” with antifa. This is a gift for the ages. Now every attack or riot can be blamed on the DNC.
Thank you Keith Ellison! pic.twitter.com/F3CMshLxrB
— Mike Cernovich ???????? (@Cernovich) January 4, 2018
This remarkably radical virtue-signaling to the Democratic base leaves me with more questions than answers. Under the assumption that Ellison knew exactly what he was doing, how could he possibly think that such messaging was a good idea? Given his position as DNC Deputy chair, does this signal a further lurch left for the Democratic Party? Does this signal that Democrats are willing to support Antifa with the end goal of impeaching Trump? Was Ellison’s messaging his own doing, or part of a broader campaign of Democrat “resistance.”
Unfortunately, I do not have the answers to those questions. The only people who truly know are high-level DNC contacts privy to the backroom dealings of far-left movements like Antifa. But what we do know is that the DNC has been lurching leftward for awhile now, and Ellison’s photo op may be the apex.
The most visible example of the leftist lurch is undoubtedly the near-nomination of Bernie Sanders as 2016 Democratic presidential candidate. Had it not been for the political maneuverings of Hillary Clinton in collusion with DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Sanders would have been the nominee.
That in itself is a shocking indictment of how far left the Democratic Party has shifted. Sanders has been preaching socialist values for nearly half a century, and he often references five-time presidential candidate of the Socialist Party of America, Eugene Debs, as his hero.
Keith Ellison Twitter Post Signals a New Low
In my estimation, the Keith Ellison Twitter post demonstrates a new low on a couple of important fronts.
Let’s start with the fact that blatant support for far-left ideology contradicts the foundations of the constitution. Unlike what America’s forefathers intended, Antifa does not support the right to bear arms, free speech, or assembly. Antifa actually believes in the exact opposite: these freedoms should be completely restricted when such actions constitute “racist” or “fascist” intentions.
But who determines what constitutes hate speech? The first amendment was specifically instituted to guard against such regulatory overreach. Apparently, Ellison wants the DNC to decide what can and cannot be said.
Then there’s the question of ethics. According to POLITICO, as far back as April 2016, the DHS “formally classified” Antifa’s activities as “domestic terrorist violence.” The DHS believed Antifa was being increasingly radicalized, and documents show that Antifa “were blamed by authorities for attacks on the police, government and political institutions, along with symbols of ‘the capitalist system,’ racism, social injustice and fascism.” At least, that’s according to a confidential 2016 joint intelligence assessment by the DHS and the FBI. (Source: “Report: FBI Labeled Antifa Domestic Terrorism Long Before Ryan, Rubio, Romney Declared ‘No Sides’,” Breitbart, September 1, 2017)
Given the Keith Ellison-Muslim Brotherhood connection, perhaps this latest Twitter scandal shouldn’t shock us as much as it does. Perhaps this is just “Keith being Keith,” despite the fact that he holds such high political sway within the Democratic Party.
But it’s hard to underestimate the serious “wow” factors this type of messaging entails (not in a good way). Ultimately, Ellison’s Antifa endorsement signals that radical resistance to a democratically elected president is OK. Not just any resistance mind you, but violent in-your-face tactics, which even the FBI and the DHS have concerns about. The fact that Democrats have not voiced opposition is a worrying sign that the party continues to lurch to the far left.
And those ideals aren’t anywhere close to what the Founding Fathers intended.