Former ANTIFA member to Fox: ‘Glad Trump declared them terrorists’
A guest on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” Monday evening told host Laura Ingraham that he was once a member of ANTIFA, and he is delighted President Donald Trump called them a “domestic terrorist organization.”
“I’m incredibly happy that he’s finally declared ANTIFA a domestic terrorist organization,” said Gabriel Nadales, “because that really helps fight against this false narrative that ANTIFA is fighting anything but for their failed leftist socialist ideology.”
Nadales’ appearance came after a weekend of rioting and looting in several major cities, and the demonstrations continue. But troublemakers are exploiting protests over the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, an African-American man who was pinned to the pavement while in handcuffs, and then was unable to breathe because a police officer kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes, even after he passed out.
From New York to Seattle, there have been riots with looting, arson and other vandalism, and Nadales told Ingraham, “ANTIFA pretends to be about fighting fascism, but then they define fascism as basically anything that does not conform with their radical leftist agenda; which goes back to exactly what President Trump is doing.”
Nadales said part of the problem is that college administrators “allow ANTIFA to work under their noses.”
“Let me just say this very clear,” Nadales observed, “We don’t allow ISIS to recruit on college campuses and we should not allow ANTIFA to do that either.”
The timing of Nadales’ appearance could not have been more ironic, because Fox News and other news agencies are reporting the arrest of an Illinois man who allegedly attended a protest in Minneapolis over Floyd’s death, and apparently “recorded himself handing out explosives and saying, ‘we came to riot.’”
The suspect is identified as Matthew Lee Rupert of Galesburg. He is accused of civil disorder, carrying on a riot, and possession of unregistered destructive devices following disturbances in Minneapolis and Chicago, according to Peoria Public Radio.
There is no indication Rupert is a member of, or is allied with, ANTIFA.
However, what he’s accused of is serious and could land him in prison for a long time.
According to published reports, Rupert was arrested Sunday in Chicago for violating a curfew order. When police searched his vehicle, they found what Fox described as “several destructive devices, a hammer, a heavy-duty flashlight and cash.”
Peoria Public Radio said Rupert posted a video on Facebook back on May 28, allegedly showing him handing out “explosives” in Minneapolis. He reportedly encouraged people to throw them at nearby police.
By May 30 he was in Chicago, apparently promising on social media to do “some damage.”
There have been widespread, though not universally confirmed, reports that some, if not many of the instigators of violence in several cities traveled from great distances, even from out-of-state, to cause trouble.
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