Democrats reject the amendment to domestic terrorism prevention bill related to anti-fascists since only white supremacists pose a threat
The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday rejected a Rep. Ken Buck proposal to bill, aimed at combating domestic terrorism, include antifa activists on the list of terrorist threats.
According to Chairman Jerry Nadler, the threat comes precisely from the extreme right wing, so the committee ignored Buck's comments about 80 violent cases, in which the main a figures were anti-fascists and representatives of other extreme left organizations.
“These are reasonable, measured policies to help focus the federal government’s resources on the threats that continue to terrorize and kill Americans,” said Chairman Jerry Nadler, according to the Washington Times.
In contrast to statements by democratic forces, Ken Buck tried to explain that criminalizing Americans by their political views would lead America to legalize acts of violence by the left wing.
“There is at least an equal level of hate, violence, and terror coming from the political left directed at conservatives and people who support the president," Buck said. "At its core, the people perpetrating these acts are using the same tactics as white supremacists.”
At the suggestion of the Republican to submit the bill as a bipartisan, Rep. Veronica Escobar referred to the centuries-old history of oppression of the colored population.
“[This amendment] blurs the lines between the targeted attacks the likes of which my community has seen and saying violence is violence. It diminishes the suffering that generations of Americans have lived through,” she said.
After a failed attempt to include the antifa in the list of terrorist organizations, the bill is sent for approval by the House of Representatives, reports Washington Examiner.