When the riots are placed in recent historical context, everything becomes clear. Here are the high points:
April 18, 2019: The Mueller Report was released, dashing the hopes and expectations of the Democrat-media complex that President Trump would be impeached based on its contents. No evidence of Trump-Russia collusion was uncovered by Mueller’s partisan Democrat lawyers.
April 25, 2019: Joe Biden announced his candidacy for president. Skeptics like me question whether he would have declared if the Mueller Report delivered the goods. I maintain Biden entered the fray to avoid prosecution.
August 12, 2019: The next manufactured Democrat attempt to get rid of President Trump was launched, when a bogus whistle-blower complaint was handed to Adam Schiff’s staffers, kicking off the Ukraine impeachment hoax that paralyzed the country for six months.
December 18, 2019: The Democrat House votes to impeach President Trump while the Chicoms are covering up the origins and spread of the Chicom virus (first known case on November 17, in Wuhan, China).
January 15, 2020: Nancy Pelosi finally delivered the articles of impeachment to the US Senate. The first confirmed case of the virus arrives in the US that same day. Democrats remain fixated on impeachment; no hearings are held by Democrat-run committees about the virus.
January 29-31, 2020: Despite being distracted by the Senate impeachment trial, President Trump wisely created the Coronavirus Task Force and banned travel from China. Although still fixated on impeachment, the Democrat-media complex leveled charges of “racism” against the president for initiating the travel ban. [Note: the Chicom-controlled World Health Organization had advised against travel restrictions to/from China on 5 January; imagine how many lives would have been saved around the world had a ban been implemented at that time?]
February 5, 2020: The US Senate acquitted President Trump of the House’s impeachment charges.
March 13, 2020: As more becomes known about the virus (delayed substantially by Chicoms’ withholding of critical information), and as bogus models predicted large numbers of US deaths without decisive governmental action, President Trump was persuaded by experts to declare a national emergency.
Mid-March to Present: Twenty-six states implemented stay-at-home orders, social distancing, wearing of masks, etc. Forty million Americans subsequently lost their jobs. Democrat governors extended their lock-downs into the summer while Republican governors began to open their states and restore people’s lives as the virus petered out (or mutated). Physicians, epidemiologists, scientists, and other experts outside government provided considerable push-back to dispute drug treatment, lock-down, and other arbitrary authoritarian actions of state and local governments (even the release of hardened criminals into the streets in some states!). Democrat-media attacks against the Trump Administration were incessant through this period. The narratives of the Democrat-media complex and the Chicoms also became intertwined, as both have a common objective – to get rid of the president in November. The model used to justify the US lock-down was debunked and completely discredited, yet the "experts" (Democrats all) continued to recommend keeping the economy shut down.
In recent weeks, polls began to show Democrat governors losing public support – and in fact embarrassing themselves – by their draconian and arbitrary lock-down actions. The mortality rate was settling in at something less than twice that of annual influenza viruses, further undermine public confidence in the shutdown. Erstwhile Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s daily gaffes eroded his public support while more information about his corrupt actions with Ukraine and China were uncovered, including VERY incriminating audio with Ukraine President Poroshenko. DOJ dropped their bogus criminal case against LTG Flynn, and the judge was exposed as compromised and corrupt (case still undecided at this juncture). Transcripts of Flynn-Russian Ambassador Kislyak phone calls were declassified and released to the public, clearly showing that there was no predicate for the FBI’s investigation of Flynn, there was no “Russian collusion,” and there was no basis for the Mueller special counsel. Acting DNI Grenell declassified other Russian investigation documents for John Ratcliffe, the newly confirmed DNI, to release at his leisure. The political trend was dooooooown for Democrats and their lickspittle media allies.
With all of the aforementioned failures in this chronology (from a Democrat political standpoint), a major distraction was needed to change the subject and boost Democrat prospects. Enter Antifa, the militant arm of the Democrat Party. What better way to change the narrative than to initiate nationwide protests? It’s a “two-fer” from the Democrat standpoint, as the torching and looting of businesses continues the economic damage of the lock-down while blaming President Trump for the racism, anarchy and lawlessness. George Floyd’s tragic death in Minneapolis served as the catalyst to launch well-coordinated protests and then hijack them to loot, burn, and destroy while wreaking maximum havoc across the land.
Twelve states and the District of Columbia have activated National Guard units to deal with violent riots and protests (the legacy media inconsistently call them white supremacists or “protesters”) and threats against public safety in various US cities, including Atlanta, Austin, Bakersfield, Baltimore, Beverly Hills, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbia (SC), Columbus, Dallas/Fort Worth, Dayton, Des Moines, Denver, Detroit, District of Columbia/Washington, Durham, Fargo (!), Fort Wayne, Fayetteville, Ferguson (naturally), Greenville, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Nashville, Newark, New Orleans, New York/Brooklyn, Oakland, Pensacola (!), Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland (ME), Portland (OR), Providence, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City (!), San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santa Monica, Savannah, Scottsdale, Tallahassee, Tampa, and Wichita, and likely others. All but six of these cities, including all of the major riot hotspots, have Democrat mayors. Does that come as any surprise? Here is a good graphic depicting the nationwide scope of the riots:
The notion that the riots in all of these cities were somehow “spontaneous” as the result of the death of a single man is absurd. Against the backdrop of 100,000 virus-related deaths, that singular death was merely a sensationalized excuse to unleash hell on a number of American cities. More is starting to come out every day through independent investigations about the financing, coordination across state lines, and international connections of various Antifa “chapters". Antifa was unleashed by Democrats to continue the economic chaos and sow anarchy far and wide. It would not surprise me one iota that Chicom money is discovered to have underwritten some of their activities, too. Common enemies, common goals for the Democrats and Chicoms.
There is plenty of basis for declaring Antifa a terrorist organization, as Attorney General Barr implied in a statement on Saturday:
Unfortunately, with the rioting that is occurring in many of our cities around the country, the voices of peaceful protest are being hijacked by violent radical elements.
Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate and violent agenda.
In many places, it appears the violence is planned, organized, and driven by anarchistic and far left extremists, using Antifa-like tactics, many of whom travel from out of state to promote the violence.
On Sunday, AG Barr subsequently declared that Joint Terrorism Task Force resources will be used to identify criminal organizers and instigators – an extremely welcome sign that real action is being taken against Antifa:
"Federal law enforcement actions will be directed at apprehending and charging the violent radical agitators who have hijacked peaceful protest and are engaged in violations of federal law.
To identify criminal organizers and instigators, and to coordinate federal resources with our state and local partners, federal law enforcement is using our existing network of 56 regional FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF).
The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly.”
The Democrats did not plan on the unintended consequences of unleashing Antifa, as there is now a clear dividing line that is evident in America: there are those who are “with Antifa” – as are many celebrities, media personalities, and elected Democrats – in supporting, aiding, and/or abetting terrorism in America. The rest of America is for enforcement of public safety laws and the arrest and prosecution of violent criminals masquerading as protesters to the fullest extent of the law. I am convinced that the majority of Americans are still law-abiding citizens who are aghast at the carnage and havoc being wrought by paid stooges, anarchists, Communists, and subversives across the country.
The President’s and AG Barr’s statements laying down the gauntlet on Antifa together form a clarifying milestone, as those who have been supporting Antifa’s actions (past, present, and future) have been unmasked for all to see. Let’s identify some of those who have supported Antifa in the past and/or during the present riots.
Celebrities: Chrissy Tiegen, Steve Carell, Seth Rogen, and others have openly expressed support for the riots, and in some cases have offered bail money to those arrested, as noted here and in this tweet from Tiegen:
Oh, and Jamie Foxx, Nick Cannon, Keanu Reeves and Kendrick Sampson had their say, too, as reported here. Where is the condemnation of the violence, destruction of private property, and the ruination of businesses by these fortunate people? They remain silent because their sympathies are with Antifa.
The Media, Both Legacy and Social: The media claim that white supremacists are the major domestic terror threats in the US. The legacy media trot out stories like this one in February in the NY Times:
The threat level from violent, homegrown extremists, and specifically white supremacists, was marked in red as the top category: “High.” The threat from the Islamic State, Al Qaeda and their ilk was demoted to third, in green: “Low.”
“In the U.S., more people are killed by far-right extremists than by those who are adherents to Islamist extremism,” said Mary McCord, a Georgetown University law professor and a former senior Justice Department official for national security.
A couple of points:
- As if killings are the only statistic that is to be considered in labeling terrorist organizations. That’s just a good way to shield Antifa and BLM, which so far haven’t perpetrated a rash of killings.
- The reality is that politically motivated street violence in the United States comes almost entirely from leftist Antifa groups, which are not criticized and rarely prosecuted.
- Did you notice who was quoted? Mary McCord, who is part of the Obama DOJ cabal that is facing likely conspiracy charges! That’s no coincidence.
And then there is the social media, who have been aiding and abetting Antifa for years. Here is a Breitbart report on their recent activities with numerous details:
Twitter is allowing its users to coordinate criminal behavior on the platform, with dozens of tweets identifying looting targets still on the platform despite the fact that the site was notified by concerned citizens.
The media are big on the notion of being “impartial observers.” That nonsense started during the Vietnam War and has corrupted their reporting ever since. There is no “impartiality” when it comes to reporting about the carnage wrought by violent rioters in numerous American cities! It’s as if these media people are not even Americans citizens.
The Democrat Party: No Democrats condemn Antifa; in fact, many have made common cause with Antifa through declarations of support in past public statements, as well as past associations. The list is long; here are just a few of them:
- Minnesota Attorney General (!) Keith Ellison, from 2018: “Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, caused a stir on social media Wednesday when he posed with a book promoting the violent ‘Antifa’ movement. In a post on Twitter, Ellison said that he found the book ‘Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook’ at a Minneapolis book shop and said it would ‘strike fear in the heart of @realDonaldTrump.’"
- Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), from 2019: “Antifa leader Joseph Alcott … is facing aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation for allegedly being part of an Antifa-mob … that attacked two Marines. … But while Democratic officials are distancing themselves from Alcoff now, until recently he was a well-connected, aspiring political player in Washington who may have even had a hand in key policy proposals. He was also pictured with now-House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and ranking Democrat on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio. Both committees oversee financial regulatory policies Alcoff was advocating.”
- Lori Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago, the scene of unchecked violent protests in recent days, on 30 May, in response to a strong statement from President Trump about restoring law and order: “We see the game he’s [President Trump] playing because it’s so transparent and he’s not very good at it,” she fired back, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “He wants to show failures on the part of Democratic local leaders to throw red meat to his base. His goal is to polarize, to destabilize local government and inflame racist urges. And we can absolutely not let him prevail.” Never a single word about Antifa-caused rioting in her own city that she failed to check.
- Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), on 30 May, was marching with the protesters in Washington, DC, as reported here. Never mind that some of the worst violence took place in DC, and she has yet to condemn it.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). As of 1 June, there is not a single tweet of condemnation of Antifa violence on her Twitter feed although she’s had plenty of time to comment on LGBTQ Pride Month and shifting blame for the riots to President Trump.
- Former VP Joe Biden. Here is what he said about Antifa on the very day he announced his candidacy in 2019: “Former Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Antifa in a video announcing his presidential bid Thursday, characterizing the group as “courageous” and saying it’s wrong to draw a moral equivalence between white nationalist groups and those opposing them.” And then he was posing with Delaware protesters, as noted here, while his staff is bailing them out of jail:
The riots have provided the silver lining of clarity to objective observers. These people are all transparent. They are aligned politically and have openly supported Antifa in the past while leveraging Antifa rioting for maximum political benefit in places like Portland, Oregon, and UC-Irvine. No doubt some of them will attempt to “correct” their past statements, especially as polls come in showing massive support for a restoration of law and order and an end to the violent rioting.
The political end result will not be what the Democrat Party and the Antifa funders, organizers, and perpetrators think it will be. The damage done by this insurrection will be used handily by President Trump to re-institute law and order in Democrat-run jurisdictions around the country, isolate and punish Antifa everywhere, show major empathy about black fears of police brutality, get his black political allies out in the legacy media to remind black Americans how much Trump has done (and how little Bill Clinton and Barack Obama did) on criminal justice reform, enterprise zones, HBCU funding, and other issues important to black Americans.
Come November, the contrast between President Trump and the Democrats will be clear as a bell. If President Trump can keep the positives going and make it apparent that he is out for terrorist blood and equal justice for all Americans, then he will have defeated the Democrats yet again in their latest gambit to “get” him.
Stu Cvrk served 30 years in the US Navy in a variety of active and reserve capacities, with considerable operational experience in the Middle East and the Western Pacific. An oceanographer and systems analyst through education and experience, Stu is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, where he received a classical liberal education. This functions as the key foundation for his political commentary. He threads daily on Twitter on a wide range of political topics, such as the military, foreign policy, government, economics, and world affairs.