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Alt-Left Melts Down Over “Unmasking Antifa” Act

July 12, 2018

It seems the new “Unmasking Antifa Act” has ruffled a few feathers among the alt-left.

Introduced in the House last month by Rep Dan Donovan (R-NY), H.R. 6054 is a response to a spate of violent attacks provoked by masked members of Antifa, and would punish anyone wearing a mask who “injures, oppresses, threatens or intimidates” a person “in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege” with a fine and up to 15 years in prison.

The law is effectively a modern take on anti-mask laws dating back to the mid-20th century in order to stop the violent activities of the Ku Klux Klan – and the left is predictably pissed.

New York City anarchist Carmichael Monaco of the Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council told Vice on Tuesday:

“H.R. 6054 takes a pro-fascist stance in its very name, and doubtlessly in its enforcement. In the current political climate, antifascists who speak out against fascism, racism, xenophobia, etc. are routinely harassed, threatened, and attacked by the far right, often supported by the police, who are notably exempted here. Families and friends of antifascists also become targets of far right violence. The wearing of a mask is an act of self-defense often necessary to ensure one’s right to free speech.”

Alt-left Twitter denizens were none too pleased either:

The “Unmasking Antifa Act” stipulates:

Up to 15 years for “oppressing, [or] intimidating” anyone while “wearing a mask.”

15 years for scaring fascists.

#AbolishICE 🏴@TheAnarchoRaver

Holy hell, is this real!?

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Guerrilla Prophet@jaykelly26

I was arrested at a protest in Boston & the DA dropped all charges on myself and more than a dozen others.

The “Unmasking Antifa Bill” would get me 15 years in the Feds for nothing but a tshirt & scrap of cloth.

(his pinned tweet)

Occupy ICE SF@occupyicesf

This is not a uniquely Republican response, though. Last year, Berkeley Mayor @JesseArreguin flirted with the idea of classifying and treating “antifa” as a gang 

Occupy ICE SF@occupyicesf

This legislation is a part of coordinated state efforts to criminalize, suppress, and deter political dissent & resistance, like the movement across the country.

Of course, some on the alt-left are way ahead of the Unmask Antifa Act..

(((The Bear Jew)))@InnerDaemons

Problem with Antifa is this. They stick out like sore thumbs. I agree with the cause. I’d gladly join in on bashing fascists. However if you dress proper it confuses the shit out of the Nazis and Cops.

Guerrilla Prophet@jaykelly26

I was arrested at a protest in Boston & the DA dropped all charges on myself and more than a dozen others.

The “Unmasking Antifa Bill” would get me 15 years in the Feds for nothing but a tshirt & scrap of cloth.

(((The Bear Jew)))@InnerDaemons

By that I mean wearing a polo shit, a scarf, baseball cap, etc. Look as preppy as possible. You’d be surprised what we get away with in Florida by dressing Casual. No one expects a guy in a $200 Stone Island jumper to beat their fucking heads in.

(((The Bear Jew)))@InnerDaemons

We’ve snuck past armed barriers before just because we just looked like some preppy frat boys. Then turned it around on the fascists. They let us through because we didn’t look like trouble. No one took pictures causer they weren’t sure who the fuck we were. No logos. No flags.

That doesn’t exactly obscure one’s identity while “punching a Nazi” – while footage of a Proud Boy knocking out a preppy kid in a polo shirt would instantly go viral. We can only imagine.

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Democrats Slam Trump: Refused To Hear Call For Unity, Bipartisanship

January 31, 2018

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Three in four Americans who watched President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address approved of the speech, according to a CBS News poll.

Full Text: President Donald Trump’s 2018 State Of The Union Address

About 80 percent of those surveyed felt the president’s speech tried to unite the country rather than divide it and 65 percent said the speech made them feel proud.

The speech garnered much reaction from lawmakers and others on Twitter:

After a long and divisive year, many Americans were yearning for the President to present a unifying vision for the country. Unfortunately, his address stoked the fires of division instead of bringing us closer together.

The President paid lip service to bringing the country together tonight, but continued to push the GOP’s extremist vision of America.

After one of the most divisive years in memory—it’s up to the President to deliver. Actions speak louder than words.

President Trump in that chamber was more a Divider-in-Chief than a unifier.

After the lofty rhetoric, tonight’s speech was mostly red meat partisan applause lines. There were vacuous promises but few specifics on issues like infrastructure, opioid addiction, veterans and other key priorities.

Just like his “tax cut” really gave away millions to the world’s biggest corporations, we know @realDonaldTrump‘s performance tonight was another distraction to cover up for his divisive, hateful agenda.

After a year of erratic leadership, hateful rhetoric, and broken promises, President Trump’s actions in the days ahead will speak louder than words read from tonight’s teleprompter.

Tonight @realDonaldTrump passed up another opportunity to lay out a comprehensive strategy to combat this country’s mental health and opioid crises.

I went to the . I wanted it burned into my eyes. If there’s ever a moment when I’m too tired to keep fighting, I just have to close my eyes & see @realDonaldTrump , @mike_pence & @pryan applauding themselves for punching working families in the gut, & I’m back in this fight.

Tonight, @realDonaldTrump presented a self-congratulatory speech w/o vision. He promised unity, but sowed division. America deserves better.

.@POTUS said it right—the state of our union is strong. He laid out a clear agenda tonight with an open hand toward bipartisan cooperation. Together, we can continue making America safer and stronger for the 21st century.

President Trump clearly relishes being the Law and Order president and a strong Commander in Chief.

Just what America needs!

It was a strong speech emphasizing America is open for business and going on the offense when it comes to crime and terrorism.

I’m very pleased President Trump is empowering our military and putting our enemies on notice.

Tonight, during the , @POTUS highlighted many important accomplishments, challenges & opportunities impacting our nation. He also discussed how our great country will rise to tackle the daunting needs we still face. 

Rep. Zeldin on President Trump’s First State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON- Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) just released the following statement after the conclusion of President Trump’s first State of the Union Address:

.@POTUS delivered a powerful message to the American people on building a safer, stronger and prouder nation. He outlined a vision of a united people, working together to face major challenges head-on and build off the progress made in the past year. 

Inspiring & powerful . @POTUS made clear the state of our Union is STRONG. In just 1 year @POTUS has cut taxes, grown our economy, and has ISIS on the run – & we’re just getting started. We are building a SAFE, STRONG & PROUD America!

Trump called for unity as he outlined his plans for the country. The president called on both parties to come together on immigration and infrastructure as he called for “our new American moment.”

“The state of our union is strong because our people are strong,” Trump said. “I am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties.”

The president also touted his accomplishments, including recent tax cuts and reforms.

Trump also used the speech as an opportunity to offer to work with both parties to get a deal on immigration, proposing a path to citizenship for Dreamers — the 1.8 million people brought to the U.S. illegally as children in exchange for billions for a border wall with Mexico.

He also called for the closure of loopholes that have allowed the MS-13 gang to make their way into the U.S.

In the audience were the parents of Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens, the two teens killed by the MS-13 gang on Long Island in 2016. The president recognized the families during an emotional moment that received a standing ovation.

More than a dozen lawmakers boycotted the president’s speech. Some Democrats wore black as a nod to the movement against sexual harassment and many lawmakers, including Long Island Congressman Tom Suozzi, invited Dreamers as their guests.

The president called for both sides of the aisle to come together as he outlined his plan for the next year.

“I am asking both parties to come together to give us the safe, fast, reliable, and modern infrastructure,” Trump said, calling on Congress to produce a bill that generates $1.5 trillion for new infrastructure and improvements.

“We will build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways all across our land and we will do it with American heart, American hands, and American grit,” Trump said.

Trump also mentioned his intention to invest in job training and issued a stern warning to North Korea, but he made no mention of the Russia investigation.

On Tuesday, he signed a new executive order to keep the prison at Guantanamo Bay open — a reversal of an order by the Obama administration.

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