Jul 27, 2019

Trump threatens to classify antifa as terrorists

Antifa and Black Lives Matter protestors march down the streets in Washington, DC on July 6, 2019. Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump said on Saturday he is considering labeling far-left anti-fascist groups — known as "antifa" — as terror organizations, alongside the violent street gang MS-13.

Reality check: MS-13, which originated in Los Angeles in the 1980s, is known for violently murdering their victims. The Anti-Defamation League describes "antifa" as "violent counter-protestors" who often doxx targets and throw heavy objects and biohazards at law enforcement, white supremacists and other targets — but they are not responsible for killing anyone.

The bottom line: Homeland Security formally classified "antifa" activities as "domestic terrorist violence" in early 2016, Politico reports, according to confidential law enforcement documents.

Go deeper: Feds sounded alarm on Antifa in 2016

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Portland protests: Hundreds swarm city for far-right and counter-rallies

Members of the Proud Boys and other far-right demonstrators march across the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday. Photo: Noah Berger/AP

Portland Police Bureau said at a news conference they arrested 13 people and seized weapons including metal poles and bear spray, as hundreds of far-right demonstrators and anti-fascist counterprotesters rallied in Oregon’s largest city Saturday.

Details: Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said he was relived the protests were largely peaceful. But he said, "We have a rising white nationalist movement based on white supremacy in this country — and it is impacting the entire nation — but we're certainly seeing that play out here on the streets of Portland."

Go deeperArrowUpdated Aug 18, 2019

2020 Democrats: Trump is a white supremacist

Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Beto O'Rourke. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A group of 2020 Democrats have called President Trump a "white supremacist," an extraordinary charge at an extraordinary moment in American politics.

Why it matters ... This is a big shift from calling the president a white nationalist. Check out Merriam-Webster's definition of white supremacist: "a person who believes that the white race is inherently superior to other races and that white people should have control over people of other races."

Go deeperArrowUpdated Aug 8, 2019

Walmart removes signs and displays with depictions of violence

Texas State Troopers keep watch at the makeshift memorial for El Paso shooting victims. Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Walmart has instructed employees to remove "any signing or displays that contain violent images or aggressive behavior," including those marketing violent video games, after recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, the AP reports.

Reality check: No scientific study has shown a connection between violent video games and gun violence. "Scant evidence has emerged that makes any causal or correlational connection between playing violent video games and actually committing violent activities," according to the American Psychological Association.

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