Left leader promoting irresponsible, foolhardy ideals
Young America’s Foundation (YAF) has joined other conservative groups in expressing its outrage that Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, posted a photo on Twitter Wednesday of himself posing with the book “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook,” which calls violence during counter-protests “a small though vital sliver of anti-fascist activity.” Ellison’s post went on to say the book should “strike fear into the heart” of President Donald Trump.
“This book that he posed with emphasizes suppressing the First Amendment rights of those you disagree with, emphasizes the use of violence to obtain an ends to their means, and it really is concerning that someone who is moving up on the left in America would think that those sorts of tactics are acceptable to promote,” comments YAF spokesman Spencer Brown.
He adds that no one knows the dangers Antifa poses more than conservative college students like the ones YAF works with throughout the country.
“We saw this very well when Young America’s Foundation brought Ben Shapiro to UC Berkeley last September, and the University of California, Berkeley basically had to turn the campus into a lockdown zone in order to prevent Antifa from violently shutting down the event,” Brown reports.
The conservative spokesman adds that it is remarkably irresponsible and foolhardy for a member of the United States House of Representatives to signal acceptance of Antifa, an organization whose activities the Department of Homeland Security has classified as “domestic terrorist violence.”