Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy and Ted Cruz introduced a resolution on Thursday calling for Antifa to be designated as a domestic terrorist organization.
Cassidy is a Republican from Louisiana and Cruz is a Republican from Texas who ran for president in 2016.
“Antifa are terrorists, violent masked bullies who ‘fight fascism’ with actual fascism, protected by Liberal privilege,” Cassidy said on his Senate webpage. “Bullies get their way until someone says no. Elected officials must have courage, not cowardice, to prevent terror.”
The resolution also condemned the violent acts of antifa.
“Antifa is a terrorist organization composed of hateful, intolerant radicals who pursue their extreme agenda through aggressive violence,” Cruz said, according to the statement.
“Time and time again their actions have demonstrated that their central purpose is to inflict harm on those who oppose their views. Like any terrorist organization they choose to pursue their political ends through violence, fear and intimidation. They must be stopped. I am proud to introduce this resolution with Senator Cassidy to properly identify what Antifa are: domestic terrorists," Cruz said in his statement.
Antifa is a decentralized group of authoritarian leftists who share a violent ideology and believe that targeting people who don't share their fringe-left views is an act of self defense.
There are a handful of antifa organizations, but antifa is not an actual organization itself.
The decentralized nature of antifa may post a challenge for the senators in their attempt to get them declared as a terrorist organization.
The American Civil Liberties Union opposed the resolution, according to the Washington Post.
Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU’s national security project, told The Washington Post that she opposes labeling groups as domestic terrorists.
“It is dangerous and overly broad to use labels that are disconnected [from] actual individual conduct,” Shamsi said according to the Washington Post. “And as we’ve seen how ‘terrorism’ has been used already in this country, any such scheme raises significant due process, equal protection and First Amendment constitutional concerns.”