CORRECTION: A previous version of this report described the organizers of the “Border Resistance Tour” as antifa activists. While the event was promoted by groups affiliated with antifa, the organizers have denied being affiliated with the left-wing movement. The headline and text have been updated accordingly.
Left-wing activists are planning a “Border Resistance” event in El Paso next month, and Texans are already gearing up to give them a big Lone Star welcome.
According to reporter Andy Ngo, the organizers are promoting a “10-day siege” in the border city to cap off a monthlong national recruitment tour. Ngo shared what looked like two flyers for the Sept. 1-10 event on Twitter Monday.
One of the promotions includes a hand-drawn picture of attackers laying waste to American border installations as immigrants rush into the country. The rioters― wearing anarchist and peace signs ― hurl arrows and firebombs at a patrol tower, setting it ablaze along with an American flag and a U.S. Border Patrol truck.
A dead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer lays in a pool of blood under the CBP vehicle, with arrows in his body.
Antifa is leading a "Border Resistance" militancy training tour that will converge on a 10-day siege in El Paso, TX. The promotional image shows border enforcement officers being killed & government property fired bombed. Organizers asking for "white comrades" to pay for others. pic.twitter.com/zwG7iMLMZT
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) July 29, 2019
Antifa-affiliated news website It’s Going Down — which last month promoted a firebombing attack on a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Facility in Washington state by an apparent antifa member — endorsed the Border Resistance Tour on its website last Tuesday.
“We are calling on affinity groups everywhere to come together and help us address US-funded genocide and local concentration camps,” the site said.
However, the organizers of the Border Resistance Tour have denied any association with antifa.
“We are not offering militancy training. We are having educational workshops about what is happening on the border and how to work better inside of communities. It’s not militancy training in any way,” a spokesperson for the Hecate Society, one of the organizers, told Lead Stories.
Antifa is a loose-knit movement that sees itself as resisting a supposed fascist resurgence, with violence if necessary. The activists have generally restricted their activities to liberal strongholds, like Berkeley and Seattle, where officials have tended to use a light touch in policing them.
Ngo, a Quillette editor and photojournalist, was hospitalized in June after being assaulted by masked demonstrators while covering an antifa rally in Portland, Oregon, one of the group’s favorite stomping grounds.
Last month, an apparent antifa activist was shot dead while firebombing an ICE detention center in Washington state. In both cases, Ngo and other critics condemned authorities for their permissiveness and the media for not taking the incidents seriously, or even seeming to side with the attackers.
Texans welcome antifa
With antifa activists seemingly signaling their intention to bring violence to a red state, albeit a liberal enclave thereof, Texans have warned that the reception could be less tolerant reception than they might be used to.
Notably, state residents are known to arm themselves with more than bows and arrows.
Red State writer Brandon Morse rallied his fellow Texans for the arrival of Antifa activists with a Thursday blog post in response to Ngo’s tweet.
“Great news, Texans!” he wrote. “The domestic terrorist group known as Antifa is coming to our state!”
“If Antifa believes they’re going to overcome the border agents, they’ve got another thing coming,” he continued. “For one, it’s not ICE they’ll be dealing with. It’s our military, and Texas’s national guard. Soy’d out communists who have never operated outside of their politically protected bubbles are in for a hard lesson if they believe they’re going to storm into Texas and have their way.”
“All they’re doing is threatening Texans with a good time,” he quipped.
In a tweet Wednesday, Daily Caller social media manager Jessica Fletcher asked of antifa, “Do they know we defend ourselves here in Texas?”
Directly addressing the activists, she added, “This ain’t Portland or D.C., you masked pansies.”
Do they know we defend ourselves here in Texas? This ain’t Portland or D.C., you masked pansies.
— Jessica Fletcher (@heckyessica) July 30, 2019
A number of other Texans on Twitter predicted law enforcement would be similarly unforgiving toward antifa.
“Somebody needs to tell the soy boys this isn’t downtown Portland, there will be no stand down orders for law enforcement,” Sonny Smith commented on Wednesday.
Somebody needs to tell the soy boys this isn’t downtown Portland, there will be no stand down orders for law enforcement.
— Sonny Smith (@sonnywayne87) July 29, 2019
Is antifa a terrorist organization?
Antifa seems to have been galvanized by the election of President Donald Trump, and Democrats, such as Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, have been accused of turning a blind eye to the group’s antics.
However, Republicans have taken note and spoken out. Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, has led a campaign to have antifa recognized as a domestic terrorist group, including cosponsoring a resolution to that effect.
Domestic terrorist groups do not have special U.S. legal status. Still, Cruz cheered when Trump tweeted Saturday that the group could be declared a “major Organization of Terror.”
“Would make it easier for police to do their job!” Trump said.
Consideration is being given to declaring ANTIFA, the gutless Radical Left Wack Jobs who go around hitting (only non-fighters) people over the heads with baseball bats, a major Organization of Terror (along with MS-13 & others). Would make it easier for police to do their job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019
CBP did not immediately respond to Pluralist‘s request for comment about the planned antifa event in El Paso.
- An illustrative image of an armed Texan man./An illustrative image of an antifa activist.: Screen grabs