The House Judiciary Committee introduced a new bill targeted at the violent “alt-left” group, Antifa, that has been the source of numerous political riots since President Donald Trump took office.
And the so-called “alt-left” leadership is very unhappy about it, because the bill compares them to the other extremist Democrat-founded group, the Klu Klux Klan.
The new bill is called “Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018,” and carries a potential 15-year prison sentence for anyone caught engaging in “antifa” behaviors and “wearing a mask.”
The bill was introduced in the House last month, but on Tuesday gained new attention after conservative commentator Mike Cernovich urged his Twitter follows to call their representatives and “let them know what you think.”
Call the United States Capitol switchboard
– (202) 224-3121
Let them know what you think about the Unmasking Antifa Act, which would hold far left wing terrorist groups to the same standards as the KKK and other groups.
– Call (202) 224-3121 https://t.co/Qq8FIMw8NN
— Mike Cernovich ???????? (@Cernovich) July 10, 2018
New York Rep. Dan Donovan, a Republican, introduced the bill and is co-sponsored by Republican Reps. Pete King (N.Y.), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), and Ted Budd (N.C.)
The bill carries a fine or up to 15 years in prison for anyone in disguise who “injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimated any person… in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege.”
Since 2016, the alt-left terrorist group has been known to wear black masks as they engage in violent clashes with prayer groups and conservative activists.
While right-wing personality Cernovich is urging conservatives to call their lawmakers in support of the bill, angry left-wing Twitter users lashed out on social media —
I was arrested at a protest in Boston & the DA dropped all charges on myself and more than a dozen others.
The "Unmasking Antifa Bill" would get me 15 years in the Feds for nothing but a tshirt & scrap of cloth. pic.twitter.com/iVup0hWpfn
— Guerrilla Prophet (@jaykelly26) July 11, 2018
This new federal unmasking bill is horseshit, the fash are the masks out there killing people.
Y'all just gonna make us do the FedEx thing from V for Vendetta, aren't you?
— Occupy ICE Detroit (@ice_occupy) July 11, 2018
15 years for wearing a mask at a march. “Unmasking Antifa bill of 2018”… Americans are crazy ???? https://t.co/xAeGDVQnU9
— the grugq (@thegrugq) July 10, 2018
For decades, many states have made it illegal to wear masks at protests. Lawmakers saw these ordinances as a way to fight back against the Klu Klux Klan. Bills were passed in Alabama, New York, Indiana and a multitude of other states in the late 40s to stop intimidation and violence from Democrat groups.
Different decade. Different mask colors. But the same old tactics from the “alt-left.”
–The Horn editorial team