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U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan unloaded on House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler after the Democrat referred to Antifa as “imaginary” during remarks on the House floor.
Nadler sparked outrage when he suggested the group labeled as domestic terrorists by President Donald Trump was a figment of the imagination during debate on the police reform bill in the House of Representatives on Thursday. A short clip of the statement was shared on Twitter by the House Judiciary GOP account.
.@RepJerryNadler just said #ANTIFA was “imaginary.”
Seriously? Tell that to the business owners whose shops were looted and destroyed. pic.twitter.com/o8IVgP9G8I
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) June 25, 2020
“…Dealing with imaginary things, like Antifa,” the New York Democrat said during his remarks.
Jordan soon called out Nadler when he had the floor, shocked at the “scary” notion that Antifa would be seen as “imaginary” after being involved in countless protests, counter-protests and riots in just the past few weeks.
“I can’t believe the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee would utter such a statement on the House floor,” the Ohio Republican said.
“They’re not imaginary. They’re real,” Jordan continued.
The Chairman of the Judiciary Committee just called #Antifa “imaginary.”
Antifa is real.
Ask the journalists they’ve attacked and the owners of businesses they’ve destroyed. pic.twitter.com/KE5KdaOKWH
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) June 25, 2020
“And if you don’t believe me, go talk to… Andy Ngo — the journalist in Portland who was attacked by Antifa, who the President of the United States designated as a terrorist organization, to have the chair of the Judiciary Committee say on the House floor this sentence: ‘Imaginary things like Antifa,’” the Ranking member on the Judiciary Committee added.
“They are far from imaginary,” Jordan asserted. “And there are people from every major city in this country who know that, yet the chair of the Judiciary Committee just made that statement. That is scary!”
The radical Antifa protesters have been called out for hijacking the demonstrations that were sparked by the death of George Floyd last month in Minneapolis. Antifa has been linked to subsequent anti-police protests, rioting and now the frenzy to tear down historic statues and monuments.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson recently referred to “the leaders of Antifa” and other rioters in a segment on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” suggesting that authorities need to arrest them, “put them all in shackles and then frog march them in front of cameras like MS-13.”
Tucker says the leaders of Antifa need to be “rounded-up,” put in shackles, then authorities should “frog march them in front of cameras like MS-13” and charge them with terrorism. pic.twitter.com/QVg1KHVPA9
— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) June 26, 2020
Journalist Andy Ngo, who was cited by Jordan in his remarks on the House floor, apparently reacted to Nadler’s claim that Antifa is “imaginary” with a tweet showing images from Portland, Ore.
Portland, Ore. pic.twitter.com/asFYFusinR
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 25, 2020
Ngo was reportedly assaulted by multiple members of Antifa while he covered protests in the city of Portland almost exactly one year ago. He recently spent five days undercover in Seattle’s CHOP zone where he said he “witnessed a continuing experiment in anarchy, chaos and brute-force criminality.”
While Nadler promoted the delusion that the group does not exist, Twitter users agreed with Jordan and unloaded on the Democrat.
— Raon aujourd’hui by Stefu-μολὼν λαϐέ ♒️⚛️🕎 (@LeNectarivore) June 25, 2020
“Antifa doesn’t exist” – Jerry Nadler https://t.co/59IYrqsK1P
— The Torch Bearer (@torchbearerLIVE) June 26, 2020
Jerry Nadler said ANTIFA was imaginary! They have NO idea who they’re messing with! Nadler is an idiot! https://t.co/DDc8ZpBqR8
— Michael Brown (@Michael50408678) June 26, 2020
I’m pretty sure that @MrAndyNgo could give Jerry Nadler a real good argument. Maybe Nadler’s ‘imaginary’ friends will turn on him one day soon.
— Lynette ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@lynette530) June 25, 2020
It didn’t personally impact @RepJerryNadler so it didn’t happen.
— kkp photography (@kvill1126) June 25, 2020
I could let it go if he was just dumb. Fact of the matter he is not, which means he is supporting this sort of anarchy in our country. He knows damn good and well what it is and what it means, and it is furthering his political narrative. That is unforgivable.
— Rich Bertino (@RichBertino) June 25, 2020
More evidence of Antifa’s existence than Russian collusion
— Ralph Kramden (@tout_le_monde1) June 25, 2020
The only things imaginary in Nadlers life is his waistline and his impeachment evidence
— Mike Swifty2.0 (@jmikem2) June 25, 2020
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