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Ellison seems to have been motivated by publicity about the murderous attack on Andy Ngo, rather than the even more serious attack on an ICE facility by Willem van Spronsen.
But for the chief law enforcement officer of a state to be posing with a violent anarchist's manual that he hopes will "strike fear in the heart" of the elected President of the United States is crazy.
Andy Ngo writes in the New York Post that:
Though known for their hallmark masks and black uniforms, antifa isn’t a formal, centralized group. Its “members” operate as a loose grouping of militant Marxists and anarchists drawn from various autonomous far-left groups. Political violence is a feature, not a bug, of antifa, which believes itself to be in an existential struggle with latter-day fascism.
The worst part is how prominent media figures and politicians glamorize and even promote antifa as a movement for a just cause. CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon have defended antifa on-air. Chuck Todd invited antifa ideologue Mark Bray on “Meet the Press” to explain why antifa’s political violence is “ethical.”
Keith Ellison gleefully posted — and recently deleted — a selfie of himself holding Bray’s antifa handbook. Rep. Maxine Waters met hard-left political operative Joseph Alcoff in 2016. Alcoff is currently facing felony charges for his alleged involvement in an antifa mob beating of two Marines in Philadelphia.
That last choice of targets — Marines — was no accident. Antifa operates by a very broad definition of “fascists.” By antifa’s telling, fascists include mainstream conservatives and even centrist journalists who dare criticize them. But they save most of their hatred for US law enforcement and military service members. Antifa’s goal is violent political revolution, and it sees law-enforcement officers and the military as the main obstacles.
Liberals cheer as antifa violence escalates, by Andy Ngo, July 17, 2019
The attack on the Marines was discussed here in Marines Claim Antifa Screamed Racial Slurs During Nightmarish, Life-Threatening Attack.
Another Antifa member alleged to have participated in the attack was Joseph “Jose” Alcoff, aka “Chepe,” who now faces 17 charges, including “ethnic intimidation.”
Alcoff is reportedly a member of Smash Racism DC, the same group that protested Tucker Carlson’s home and confronted Senator Ted Cruz. [Revealed: Antifa leader relied on anonymity to push radical, violent communist agenda, by Andrew Kerr, Daily Caller, December 18, 2018] His identity was revealed by The Daily Caller News Foundation, which was a major factor in his arrest. [DC Antifa leader charged with “ethnic intimidation” related to attack on Marines, by Andrew Kerr, Daily Caller, January 29, 2019]
Alcoff was well-connected in Establishment Democratic politics, despite (or because of) which his arrest has been almost unmentioned in the national MSM. [DC Antifa leader arrested for multiple violent felonies out of a job at progressive nonprofit after his radical ideology was exposed, by Andrew Kerr, Daily Kerry, January 29, 2019][More]
That's the important point: This stuff is now mainstream for the Left, but their targets are all normal Americans, especially police and Armed Forces.