Antifa Takes Control of Six Blocks in Seattle, What Now?

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A rebellion led by the Anarcho-Communist group Antifa has resulted in the seizure of six blocks surrounding City Hall in Seattle, Washington.

The development came overnight as hundreds were apparently let into City Hall by Kshama Sawant, a sympathetic city council member, where they called for Mayor Jenny Durkan to resign and for the Seattle Police Department to be “defunded.”

The group now controls a six block radius surrounding the building, the “Capital Hill Autonomous Zone” as they call it, which they say they will police themselves.

The chaos comes after police tried to deescalate the situation following two civilian fatalities stemming from clashes with demonstrators. The mayor banned the use of tear gas on Friday and it appears the nearby police station was abandoned on Monday.

While the path forward is unclear, the circumstances are a recipe for disaster. And if those responsible have a hint of affiliation with Communist Party USA or its affiliates, the rioters may be in for a very rude awakening. Title 50, Chapter 23 of the U.S. code reads in part:

“The Communist Party of the United States, or any successors of such party regardless of the assumed name, whose object or purpose is to overthrow the government of the United States, or the government of any state… by force and violence, are not entitled to any of the rights… created under the jurisdiction of the United States… and whatever rights, privileges, and immunities have heretofore been granted… are terminated.”

So with or without slapping a “terror” designation on the group known as “Antifa”, existing law appears to already strip the blessing of American citizenship from any members or participants who are deemed to be affiliated in any way with the Communist Party.

While President Trump certainly has the authority to protect the sovereignty of the United States, he should expend every tool at his disposal to force the hand of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) in case things do not go smoothly.

But if he must, it may be time to follow through on his threat to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807. If done effectively and without casualties, quelling the Seattle rebellion could cement Trump’s self-proclaimed position as the “law & order” president.

UPDATE:

President Trump spoke on the crisis in Seattle late Wednesday writing the following:

“Radical Left Governor @JayInslee and the Mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great Country has never seen before. Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will. This is not a game. These ugly Anarchists must be stooped IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST!”

Moments later the president labeled those responsible “domestic terrorists” tweeting, “Domestic Terrorists have taken over Seattle, run by Radical Left Democrats, of course. LAW & ORDER!”

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Matthew Howerton is a writer, political consultant, campaign manager, and former congressional staffer based out of Louisiana. Matt was born in Houston, Texas where he was active in promoting christian-conservative policies and candidates for public office. Having served on eight campaigns and as a staffer for the 115th Congress, Matt has a wealth of political knowledge and experience. His electoral assists include a newly-elected U.S. Senator, Governor, U.S. Congressman, State Representative, and City Councilman. Matt continues to fight for common-sense solutions for Texas, Louisiana and the United States.

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