The violent domestic terrorist group Antifa has always been seen by skeptics as an extension of the Democratic Party, and while that may be too broad a generalization, it’s now clear members of the group are linked to key Democratic policymakers.
Joseph Alcoff is in court this week facing charges of aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation for allegedly being part of an Antifa mob that attacked two Marines in November, according to Fox News.
And Democrats have taken to distancing themselves from Alcoff now that he’s in the spotlight, but that appears to be a new development.
Fox News reported that “until recently he was a well-connected, aspiring political player in Washington who may have even had a hand in key policy proposals.”
“His endorsement apparently mattered when several congressional Democrats in February 2018 issued press releases with his quote backing their bill on regulating payday lenders.
As the payday campaign manager for the liberal group Americans for Financial Reform, Alcoff participated in congressional Democratic press conferences, was a guest on a House Democratic podcast and met with senior officials at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from 2016 through 2018.”
There is a photo shared online by the liberal group Americans for Financial Reform of Alcoff standing with Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., now chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.
Thank you @MaxineWaters for standing up for @CFPB and consumers. #DefendCFPB #StopTheDebtTrap pic.twitter.com/n4Fjhp0JYe
— AFR (@RealBankReform) March 16, 2016
As Fox News noted, Alcoff was advocating for policies overseen by the committees.
All the while being an Antifa leader in DC under the fanatical personas, “Chepe” and “Jose Martin.”
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In the February 2018 press statement, House and Senate Democrats co-sponsoring the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act, which boosted regulation on payday lenders, issued versions of a press release, most including the Alcoff quote.
“The Consumer Bureau and Congress have in the past understood the way that payday lenders structure loans to catch Americans in a cycle of debt with exorbitant interest rates,” Alcoff said in the press releases. “It is unfortunate that some in Washington would rather open the loan shark gates than continue to think about sensible borrower protections. The SAFE Lending Act would put Washington back on track to stop the debt trap.”
In August, Alcoff was a guest on the House Democrats’ Joint Economic Committee podcast, criticizing the decline of the CFPB under the Trump administration.
“It’s been an incredible kind of erosion [Trump administration actions] recently, but these are really, really important basic functions [CFPB’s mission] that people across the country should be able to look to Washington and expect,” Alcoff said on the podcast.
Fox News reported that the offices of most Democrats in Congress contacted failed to respond, with the rare response being to dummy up.
Alcoff appeared at an event last March featuring Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va. — the Antifa leader was dressed up as “Lenny the Loan Shark,” showcasing a versatility at chasing the dollars.
When contacted, Beyer spokesman Aaron Fritschner told Fox News her boss didn’t know who he was because he was wearing a shark outfit.
“The congressman has never interacted with him nor has he taken any financial policy advice from him. Their names have appeared on the same piece of paper,” Beyer said. “He appeared at the same press conference, but they didn’t speak to each other. This person was literally wearing a shark outfit.”
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