Libertarian magazine Reason published an insightful story on Monday on a Trump-supporting trans woman who went undercover within Antifa in Portland during the violence and chaos that plagued that city over summer.
How does one join Antifa, you might ask? Wear black clothes and a black mask. That’s it.
A Republican activist and former tugboat captain gives a firsthand account of the innerworkings of Portland's black bloc anarchists https://t.co/mBo6nJz8B8
— reason (@reason) October 2, 2020
Conservative Trans Woman Erin Smith Explains The Inner Workings Of Antifa
So says Erin Smith, a former deputy vice chair of communications for the Republication Party, of San Francisco.
But clothes and masks are not all there is to this sinister group. Some of Smith’s key takeaways included how the loosely-knit Antifa organizes and operates.
“There are different types of bloc organization styles,” Smith told Reason’s Nancy Rommelmann. “The building block of Antifa is what’s called an affinity group, people you live and work with and trust and know in real life. All the planning is done within that closed bloc, and they don’t let everyone know [what they’re going to do].”
“I didn’t know that they were going to burn the Portland Police Association when I joined,” Smith admitted, citing come of the vandalism believed to be committed by the group in that city. “What they did was put a call out that said, ‘Anyone show up in black that night at this place, and you can join the action.”
Joe Biden Has Dismissed Antifa As Merely An ‘Idea’
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Smith’s observations are particularly interesting given that 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden implied his first debate with Donald Trump that Antifa was not real and was merely an “idea.”
Presdent Trump’s response to Biden’s “idea” resembled something closer to Smith’s experience with the group.
“Joe Biden says Antifa is just an idea,” Trump said. “Well, ideas don’t assault cops and they don’t burn down buildings. Antifa is a domestic terrorist organization.”
I want to defend & preserve our nation’s historic values. Our opponents stand with rioters – I stand with the heroes of Law Enforcement. Biden says Antifa is just an idea. Ideas don’t assault cops & burn down buildings. Antifa is a domestic terrorist org. pic.twitter.com/ZSnRJ8DaQo
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2020
Far from just being an idea, Smith noted that Antifa is similar to the military. They work together and are mutually reinforcing in their “mission.”
Most of them subscribe to the same far-left ideas, but they are real flesh-and-blood people who cause havoc.
“Strategically what they’re doing is, they’re forcing a dilemma action,” Smith said, explaining further, “A dilemma action is when you put your opponent in a no-win situation. Your enemy has to react. If they don’t react, they look weak; if they do react, they have to react in a certain way where it looks like it’s an overreaction.”
That “idea” has hurt and killed a lot of people.
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) October 5, 2020
Smith also described how Antifa would strike fast and hard for maximum affect and then scurry away.
She said, “I describe it as an open-source networked insurgency. They were incredibly efficient. They hit a target and vanished into the city and got away. Basically, they’re like skirmishers: They come in, they attack the cops, they get out.”
Many In Anfita Are Just Spoiled, Rich And Young
Reason also confirmed via Smith what many suspected: Antifa tend to be white and younger (typically in their 20s or 30s) and many members are well-educated. Some are affluent as we have seen with some Antifa members who have been arrested for violent crime.
Most of these far-left radicals have never had to struggle or know real adversity. Acting out in this way seems to give them identity and a purpose.
However sinister that “purpose” may be.
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