One of the criticisms that’s been leveled at President Trump from conservatives the last few weeks is his apparent inability to stop the riots that are plaguing Democrat-run cities across the nation. I’ll admit it’s a fair point. President Trump ran on a law and order platform in 2016. One would think that stopping violent riots destroying cities across the country would be a top priority.
Some conservatives, however, have outright accused President Trump of refusing to stop the riots. “He’s not doing anything because he thinks the chaos helps him in November,” they cry. The obvious conclusion from this statement, of course, is that the riots are driving people away from President Trump and straight into the confused, gropey arms of Joementia.
These same conservatives, bizarrely, are demanding that President Trump call up the military immediately to crack some hippy skulls like it’s 1968 all over again. The same military that has bent the knee to protesters after the nation’s top general apologized for pepper spraying some protesters outside the White House.
Turns out, however, that President Trump hasn’t spent the last few weeks tweeting past the graveyard while Rome burns. Attorney General Bill Barr told Senator Ted Cruz on Thursday’s episode of his podcast Verdict that the feds have Antifa’s number, and the jig is almost up:
“When the real violence started around May 25, 26, and so forth, we started using our joint terrorist task forces around the country. And there are 35 of them around the country,” Barr said.
“And now they are starting to go full bore, cranking out investigations, indictments against the people who are involved in this violence. So we’ve had scores of indictments already for such things as arson, destruction of federal property, things like that. And we have, right now, about 500 investigations underway,” he added.
Barr told Cruz and Knowles that groups of “provocateurs and agitators” appeared to be well-coordinated and often call upon anarchist groups to carry out violent criminal activity.
“They want to tear down the country. They are different than many traditional groups, and frequently, the signs of coordination and activity are very close to the event itself,” the attorney general said. “So like the morning of or the day before, and things are very fast-moving. But we definitely see signs out on the street of communication, of organization, of preplanning, prepositioning of things. So it’s definitely organized activity.”
Now I’m not a fancy, big city lawyer. Hell, I didn’t even sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
Seems to me, however, that 500 investigations involving 35 joint terrorism task forces across the country is a mighty big response to the current problem. I’ll admit it might not be as satisfying as sending out a few Abrams tanks to help Antifa Annie meet xer gender fluid cosmic being in person, but it’s definitely not sitting around doing nothing.
I’ve long been of the opinion that the Democrats have orchestrated Antifa’s violence with the express purpose of provoking President Trump into an extreme reaction. Democrats have long accused President Trump of being a dictator-in-waiting who goes off half-cocked because of his tiny mushroom penis coupled with a yuge ego.
Doubtless they just knew that President Trump would call in the troops in a desperate bid to staunch the collective wounds of America. No doubt the Democrats had a Kent State or Tienanmen-style event planned that would make President Trump look like a butcher and a sadist sending the army against his own people. Look to the braying of the media jackasses when President Trump used the National Guard to clear violent protesters from the White House for the proof you need for that assertion.
Rather than become the dictator that the Left (and some on the Right) want him to be, President Trump has opted for a surgical strike. President Trump’s designation of Antifa as a domestic terror group opened up a whole new set of ways to deal with the problem.
In other words, President Trump has opted to forgo General Patton and is instead calling in the Jacks Bauer and Ryan.
President Trump is taking these riots seriously. His executive order authorizing the maximum penalty for anyone caught defacing or attempting to destroy monuments is proof of that. President Trump knows better than anyone exactly what is at stake for his campaign and the country if he refuses to see the threat for what it is.
Antifa and their Democrat masters will face a reckoning. Bill Barr will see to that.