Without 'terror' group label for Antifa, 'it's difficult for universities to effectively respond,' former member says
- In a newly published FoxNews.com op-ed, former Antifa member Gabriel Nadales explains why he believes the U.S. should label Antifa a domestic terror organization.
- Nadales says that doing so would help colleges universities deal with the group more effectively.
Former Antifa member Gabriel Nadales says it's crucial for the U.S. to label Antifa a domestic terrorist organization because doing so would help universities respond more effectively.
In a FoxNews.com op-ed published Tuesday, Nadales, who is now a regional field coordinator for Campus Reform's parent organization, the Leadership Institute, writes that the domestic terror label would help colleges "take action when Antifa strikes."
"We cannot accept these kinds of threats and attacks but, without the designation, it’s difficult for universities to effectively respond," he says.
As just one example, Nadales points to the unfolding situation at the University of Texas-Austin where, as students arrive on campus for the fall semester this week, face threats from the leftist group Autonomous Student Network. ASN has said that it will dox, or release the personal information belonging to, students who join conservative student organizations.
Campus Reform was one of the first to report on this story in June. The University of Texas-Austin later told Campus Reform that it had sent a letter to the Texas Attorney General's office asking for any possible legal remedies. However, just days before students arrive on campus for the fall semester, there is no indication of any action that has so far been taken.
Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips will be at the University of Texas-Austin during the school's freshman orientation, which begins Wednesday.
While the situation at UT-Austin has not manifest any physical violence- at least not yet- other campus controversies involving Antifa have. These instances, along with others such as the one in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, are what has led President Donald Trump to say that he is considering labeling Antifa a domestic terror organization.
"Today, Antifa is far more aggressive and violent than it was when I was involved nearly a decade ago," Nadales writes. "The bottom line is that Antifa is as strong, bold and violent as it is because we’ve taken it lightly for too long. The acts of fear and intimidation are not new. They are only another chapter that illustrates Antifa's willingness to maim political opponents."
"Antifa behaves like a terrorist organization because it is one," the former member adds. "It’s time for [us] to call it what it is."