Portland, OR is currently hosting (as of this post) what is likely to be one of the biggest political demonstrations of the summer, which authorities expected could lead to violence. President Donald Trump threw into the mix a characteristically explosive tweet warning the Mayor of Portland to do a “good job.” So it seems the battle between Antifa and the Proud Boys is set. Both sides have in the past talked of political violence to further their agendas.
We focus on Antifa because the Proud Boys have already been censored and banned from most social media platforms. Some believe Antifa are in fact being cheered on by a mostly left-wing biased media. News Forecasters asks, just what is the tactical goal of Antifa?
The Unite the Right rally was a white supremacist rally that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, from August 11 to 12, 2017. During the rally James Alex Fields Jr. drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, hitting several and slamming into a stopped sedan, which in turn struck a stopped minivan; both were pushed into the crowd. Fields then reversed his car through the crowd and drove off. One person was killed and 19 others injured. Police determined the attack was deliberate. Others believe that, though it was a deliberate act, it didn’t start that way. The counter-protesters attacked Fields car and his revenge attack then ensued. And this is the key point – provocation of the crazies.
Antifa is baiting the Proud Boys and other right-wing protesters to do something very crazy and violent. They know if they can provoke an action, it will further their cause. Mainstream media and social media will condemn what would be an obvious escalation of right-wing terrorism. The Antifa violence as long as it stays within the local protest will be overlooked. So this is the Antifa game – push and shove, crack a few heads – for sure some crazy right-wing protester will lose it and escalate the situation. Then the media circus will start. News Forecasters believes that this is sure to happen, perhaps not at this rally, but at the many that will come, in the run-up to the U.S. Presidential election.