The son of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison tweeted on Sunday that he is claiming his support for Antifa after President Donald Trump said that his administration would be declaring it a “Terrorist Organization,” Fox News informed.
Jeremiah Ellison, who is a member of the Minneapolis City Council, noted in the tweet that he believes “white power” terrorists are actually the ones engaging in the looting, arson and other riot activities as violent sects hijack some of the protests against racial inequality and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd last Monday.
“I hereby declare, officially, my support for ANTIFA,” Ellison said. “Unless someone can prove to me ANTIFA is behind the burning of black and immigrant owned businesses in my ward, I’ll keep focusing on stopping the white power terrorist THE ARE ACTUALLY ATTACKING US!”
Floyd died in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department after officials said officer Derek Chauvin used his knee to pin Floyd, who is black, to the ground by his neck for several minutes as Floyd begged for air. Chauvin was later charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced Sunday night that the Attorney General Ellison’s office would lead the case against Chauvin.
“We are going to bring to bear all the resources necessary to achieve justice in this case,” Ellison said in response.
Antifa is a far-left militant movement that calls itself “antifascist,” and has no defined organizational hierarchy or membership process. Antifa demonstrators have been known to travel across state lines to engage in vandalism, looting and other forms of violence in places where there is civil unrest.
It’s not clear that Antifa is behind all or even most of the violence in the widespread protests. But the movement has been a target of Republican politicians who have made clear they stand with peaceful protesters they say are justifiably angry about Floyd’s death and other racially charged interactions between African-Americans and police in recent months.
“It’s ANTIFA and the Radical Left. Don’t lay the blame on others!” Trump tweeted on Saturday.
Democrats, however, have sought to blame “white supremacists” for at least some of the violence.