On Thursday, Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison, who also serves as the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, wrote a post on social media endorsing a book that promotes the far-left Antifa extremist group, promising that it would “strike fear in the heart” of President Trump.
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) January 3, 2018
Both the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security consider Antifa a domestic terrorist organization, which is why it came as a shock to many when the high-ranking Democrat official appeared to boost the extremist organization.
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 1, 2017
Following President Trump’s election, Antifa has committed countless acts of violent extremism. Nationwide Antifa rallies have fomented brutal attacks against innocents and the destruction of large swaths of public and private property.
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) September 29, 2017
Conservative Review has found that the book Ellison plugs explicitly endorses physical violence against political opponents.
Author Mark Bray’s “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook” is full of passages that call for violence.
“In truth, violence represents a small though vital sliver of anti-fascist activity,” Bray writes in Chapter 6, which is titled, “Strategy, (Non)Violence, and Everyday Anti-Fascism.”
Explaining the need for unprovoked “occasional violence,” he adds:
“Fascist violence often necessitates self-defense—although anti-fascists challenge conventional interpretations of self-defense grounded in individualistic personal ethics by legitimating offensive tactics in order to forestall the potential need for literal self-defense down the line.”
The book also rejects the concept of the First Amendment, arguing, with facist-like ideals, that people and groups who are deemed unsavory do not deserve free speech.
The author is a controversial figure. Bray has argued that unprovoked physical violence is a “legitimate response” to political groups he disagrees with.
Ellison’s endorsement of Antifa might not come as a surprise to those who have followed him over the years. Ellison has long had close ties to Islamic supremacist groups and violent revolutionary movements.