Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick has sent a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr to label Antifa a “domestic terrorist organization.” Fitzpatrick announced his request in a tweet Friday morning.
“Antifa is a danger to the safety and wellbeing of the general public,” Fitzpatrick tweeted. “Designating Antifa as a domestic terrorist organization would be a significant step to protect journalists and all Americans who exercise their First Amendment rights.”
Fitzpatrick’s letter comes two weeks after video showing a journalist reporting on Antifa in Oregon being attacked by the group made national news. The victim, Andy Ngo, was taken to the hospital for treatment.
The full letter to AG Barr is below.
Dear Attorney General Barr:
I am writing to express my significant concern regarding the June 29, 2019, assault of journalist Andy C. Ngo in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Ngo, regarded as a “conservative writer” was physically attacked by members of the militant Antifa movement while reporting on demonstration activity.
Just as I urged the Department of Justice to expand its investigation of the tragic 2017 Berkeley protests, I ask for similar consideration for this circumstance.
Freedom of the press is a hallmark of the First Amendment rights of Americans. The unlawful actions perpetrated by members of the Antifa movement resulted in the bodily injury of an innocent journalist merely attempting to conduct his job in a professional manner.
Antifa has traded civil protest for violence on multiple occasions, endangering public welfare and wreaking havoc on cities across America to advance their political ideology. Antifa’s violent crimes have extended to attacks on law enforcement and our men and women in uniform. Antifa’s use of violence as a means of furthering its political agenda represents a significant threat to public safety as well as the First Amendment rights of Americans everywhere.
As such, I request the Department of Justice initiate the necessary proceedings to designate Antifa a domestic terrorist organization and forcefully denounce the recent assault on Mr. Ngo. This action would send a clear message that political violence will not be tolerated and provide reassurance to journalists across the United States that the Department of Justice will staunchly defend their constitutional rights.
Thank you for your consideration and for your service to our country.