Petition to have White House label Antifa a "terrorist organization" tops 100,000 signatures

A petition calling on President Trump to officially designate the Antifa movement now has enough signatures to get a formal presidential review.
By Jose Jefferies | Aug 24, 2017
A petition calling on President Trump to officially designate the Antifa movement now has enough signatures to get a formal presidential review. The petition has more than 199,000 signatures as of Sunday, three days after it first appeared on the White House website's "We the People" petitions page.

"Terrorism is, in its broadest sense, the use of intentionally indiscriminate violence as a means to create terror or fear, in order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim," the petition reads. "Antifa has demonstrated time and time again that they're more than willing and able to fill these criteria."

Antifa is a loosely based alliance of militant progressives who have amassed at Trump campaign events and right-wing rallies to disrupt them. In some instances, Antifa activists have physically assaulted or even stabbed their targets and put several in the hospital.

Anyone can create a petition on We the People. By law, the president must formally consider a petition if it receives 100,000 or more signatures within a 30-day period.

The page also has petitions calling on Trump to resign as president and release his tax returns, to divest from his assets or put them in a blind trust, and to open a federal investigation into United Airlines' forcible removal of a passenger last April, among others. Each of these petitions reached more than 100,000 signatures in its first 30 days, as well.

Then-President Obama received 323 petitions that reached the 30-day signature benchmark, and he sent out official responses to 321 of them. Trump has been more reluctant to respond to petitions and has said he might shut the webpage down due to its maintenance costs.

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