Democratic nominee Joe Biden, during the first presidential debate on Tuesday, dismissed Antifa as “an idea” when asked to condemn left-wing group. “Antifa’s an idea, not an organization,” Biden said during the debate in Ohio. “That’s what Trump’s FBI director said.”
Biden appeared to be referencing testimony by FBI Director Christopher Wray earlier this month during which he said Antifa was a “real thing” and that the FBI had undertaken “any number of properly predicated investigations into what we would describe as violent anarchist extremists,” including into individuals who identify with Antifa.
“We look at Antifa as more of an ideology or a movement than an organization,” Wray had said. “To be clear we do have quite a number of properly predicated domestic terrorism investigations into violent anarchist extremists, any number of whom self-identify with the Antifa movement.”
Just last week, President Trump introduced a plan that would designate Antifa a terrorist organization, something he had suggested doing in the past.
Sources: Foxnews, NYpost; Image: PBSnews