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A conservative trans woman who recently went undercover inside an Antifa cell in Portland, Oregon, has discovered that the extremist group is purposefully “trying to create propaganda” to boost its far-left, Marxist cause.
Erin Smith, a San Francisco resident who ran for election in the 2020 race but lost the GOP primary election last March, told Reason magazine in an interview last week that the far-left group’s goal is to “undermine the state.”
And so when President Donald Trump sent federal authorities into Portland during the summer, Antifa rushed at the opportunity to propagate a false narrative that the authorities were “overreacting.”
“They’re trying to create propaganda. They know how the police are going to react, so they carefully calibrate what they do to try to provoke the police into reacting and then filming it,” Smith told Reason magazine.
“They want to try to push public opinion in favor of removing the police. The police aren’t perfect, but what a police force is, it’s putting force under an objective third party, under government control. Antifa wants to separate the police from the populace.”
The tactic worked thanks to mainstream media outlets and top Democrat Party politicians who jumped at the opportunity to smear the president’s “stormtroopers.”
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) July 18, 2020
To all the Republicans who have cried “FASCISM!” over some tiny outrage but are silent now that there are federal military stormtroopers in Portland and Chicago and beyond—FUCK YOU.
— Touré (@Toure) July 20, 2020
Jackboot thugs, stormtroopers, paramilitaries, cowards with guns, whatever you want to call them, they do NOT belong on the streets of Portland or any other US street.
— Holly Figueroa O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) July 23, 2020
Veterans are not the enemy.
Moms and dads are not the enemy.
Americans are not the enemy.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) July 25, 2020
But it was all propaganda purposefully manufactured by Antifa extremists.
“This is basically guerilla warfare. They’re trying to undermine legitimacy of the state. The police right now, I think some of them are catching up,” Smith continued.
“There’s a playbook for how police respond to riots and they’re not actually doing it; it’s not an actual riot. I mean, it is a riot, but at the same time, it’s a specific type of riot that’s trying to make the police respond in a certain way.”
When left-wing extremists associated with groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter attack innocent bystanders, vandalize vehicles, break windows, loot stores, start fires and hurl explosives at people and buildings, the police must respond.
Yet instead of highlighting both the extremists’ criminal actions AND the authorities’ stern response, a large number of mainstream media outlets have focused their attention solely on the authorities, thus making the extremists look like victims.
It’s the same thing that happened with Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who stood outside their property with weapons when a large mob of BLM extremists crashed into their neighborhood and began threatening them.
Not only did the media pounce on them — not the extremists — but so did local prosecutors, who wound up charging the couple for defending their property, while simultaneously letting all of the extremists off the hook.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) July 21, 2020
“City officials said Tuesday they will not prosecute nine people charged with trespassing on a private and gated street where they were met by two gun-wielding homeowners,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported last week.
“The nine had been issued police summonses earlier this month, but City Counselor Michael Garvin said in a statement that ‘prosecution is not warranted’ and charges would be refused.”
To be clear, far more than nine people crashed through the neighborhood.
According to Smith, what makes Antifa extremists particularly dangerous is that they’re virtually everywhere.
“People think Antifa and they picture people in black. Antifa is bigger than that. Black bloc is a tactic. Dressing in black, it’s a tactic. You don’t have to dress in black to be antifa. You don’t even have to hit the streets. There are people who work in tech, hackers who never hit the streets, and they’re still antifa,” Smith said.
“In the Bay Area, we’ve had people arrested that were physicists. Look up Freddy Martinez. He was arrested for punching some guy in Berkeley. And Freddy Martinez is the director of Lucy Parsons Labs. I know there’s another guy who was a Johns Hopkins grad. You can dismiss them as a bunch of losers, but I’ve seen some incredibly smart people.”
So what happens if and when the far-left group finally achieves its mission of undermining and destroying the state?
Then they take over …
“They have the organization that if the police went away tomorrow, you would basically have an antifa police force. They wouldn’t call themselves antifa, but they have the organization that, if there’s no objective third-party security force, then who’s going to stop it?” Smith said.
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