310K+ Sign Petition Urging White House to Label Antifa a Terrorist Organization

It’s been exactly eleven days since someone posted a petition on the White House website asking that President Trump’s administration label the Antifa group a terrorist organization.

In that days, the petition has collected more than 310,000 signatures. The petition was created on August 17 after the radical, left-wing organization caused violence in Charlottesville, VA, leading to numerous injuries. Many have claimed that Antifa demonstrators played a significant role in the violent clashes in Charlottesville and at other events across the country.

The petition states this:

Terrorism is defined as “the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims”. This definition is the same definition used to declare ISIS and other groups, as terrorist organizations. AntiFa has earned this title due to its violent actions in multiple cities and their influence in the killings of multiple police officers throughout the United States. It is time for the pentagon to be consistent in its actions – and just as they rightfully declared ISIS a terror group, they must declare AntiFa a terror group – on the grounds of principle, integrity, morality, and safety.

The “We the People” website was first established by the previous administration in 2011 to give the public a way to speak directly to the president or the White House. Any petition that gathers more than 100,000 signatures within 30 days gets a review and official response from the White House. The antifa petition passed that mark within four days and now stands at over 310,000 signatures, making it the third-most-signed submission currently posted. Its viral popularity has garnered — and, in turn, been reinforced by — massive media coverage.

Trump referenced Antifa during his campaign-style rally in Phoenix last Tuesday, mentioning the group as armed and masked.

“You know, they show up in the helmets and the black masks and they’ve got clubs and they’ve got everything,” he said. “Antifa!”