CNN Found It Controversial that Trump Wants to Brand Antifa as Terrorists

With Antifa still assaulting and harassing peaceful “right-wing” marchers, police, and journalists in the streets of Portland, Oregon on Saturday, CNN Newsroom host Ana Cabrera and the network found it controversial that President Trump would want to accurately brand the extreme far-left group as the domestic terrorists that they were. She would tee up New Mexico Congresswoman Debra Haaland to defend the group as “peaceful protesters”.

Towards the end of Cabrera’s interview with Haaland, the CNN host wanted to get the Congresswoman’s take on tweet the President post earlier that day, stating: “Major consideration is being given to naming Antifa an ‘organization of terror.’ Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully, the mayor will be able to properly do his job.”

Cabrera told Haaland that the tweet was “regarding what’s happening in Portland” and suggested, without detailing the specific group, that “white supremacists, some of these groups that they are the very least, you know, far-right extremists clashing with other groups including Antifa, which is, you know, seen as a far-left organization.

Simply calling Antifa a “far-left organization”, really? This was the same group that hatched a failed plot to firebomb an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention Center last month.

 

 

Cabrera further complained about the President’s idea, noting that “the U.S. does not have a domestic terrorism law, no government agency designates domestic groups as being terrorist organizations.” Meanwhile, CNN spent the other week calling for the same thing while saying Trump was empowering and inspiring domestic terrorism of the white nationalist variety.

Haaland took that as her cue to spout off with the usual liberal talking points about Trump being a racist. “This is on par with what the President does. He sides with the white supremacists, he sides with the white nationalists, with the domestic terrorists in our country, just as -- You know, he has incited violence against people of color,” she declared without evidence.

Mind-numbingly, the Congresswoman went on to defend Antifa and suggest they were actually heroes defending the city. “It's not surprising that Trump would side away from the folks who are the peaceful protesters working to safeguard their city from domestic terrorism,” she proclaimed. “Just not surprised at all that the president sides with the white nationalists. That's been his mode of operation since before he was elected president.”

Cabrera seemed pleased with the answer she received and promptly wrapped up the interview. Meanwhile, in Portland, Antifa terrorists were targeting reporters and threatening their wellbeing, as they did with Washington Examiner reporter Julio Rosas. The terrorists also beat one middle-aged man unconscious as Quillette reporter Andy Ngo reported.

[H/T: The Washington Free Beacon’s Graham Piro]

The transcript is below, click "expand" to read:

CNN’s Newsroom with Ana Cabrera
August 17, 2019
6:49:38 p.m. Eastern

ANA CABRERA: Real quick, I just want to read you a tweet from President Trump this morning regarding what’s happening in Portland. And, you know, this is where we see people who are so-called white supremacists, some of these groups that they are the very least, you know, far-right extremists clashing with other groups including Antifa, which is, you know, seen as a far-left organization.

And he writes: “Major consideration is being given to naming Antifa an ‘organization of terror.’ Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully, the mayor will be able to properly do his job.”

And I do want to note, the U.S. does not have a domestic terrorism law, no government agency designates domestic groups as being terrorist organizations. What's your reaction to that tweet?

REP. DEBRA HAALAND (D-NM): So, um, you know, this is on par with what the President does. He sides with the white supremacists, he sides with the white nationalists, with the domestic terrorists in our country, just as -- You know, he has incited violence against people of color.

Portland is a progressive city. They want to ensure that they keep their city moving forward. It's not surprising that Trump would side away from the folks who are the peaceful protesters working to safeguard their city from domestic terrorism. Just not surprised at all that the president sides with the white nationalists. That's been his mode of operation since before he was elected president.

CABRERA: Congresswoman, Deb Holland. Got to leave it there. Thank you very much for being here.

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