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Tue Mar 2, 2021, 07:36 PM

20-Year-Old MAGA Politician's War on Antifa Backfires Horribly

A Turning Point USA alum and Trump diehard-turned-state rep has a new project. But even his fellow Republicans have doubts.

Kelly Weill
Updated Mar. 02, 2021 12:33PM ET / Published Mar. 02, 2021 4:57AM ET

Chaos. Incivility. Lack of respect for authority.

Those are the things a Montana lawmaker accuses anti-fascists of in a new resolution intended to designate the movement a “domestic terrorist organization.”

But the measure is struggling to get off the ground, and the 20-year-old MAGA acolyte-turned-state lawmaker pushing it seems to be the reason why.

“He misbehaved. He got a little out of control in committee and I think most of the co-sponsors pulled out then.”
— Republican State Rep. Larry Brewster

Days after far-right rioters broke into the U.S. Capitol, Montana state Rep. Braxton Mitchell introduced a resolution aimed at the opposite end of the political spectrum: “antifa,” the loosely affiliated left-wing anti-fascist movement. Nevermind that “antifa” is not a centralized group, nor that the United States government makes no such designations of “domestic terror.”

The bill is the latest attempt to push penalties on the left even as national-security experts plead with lawmakers to watch for new attacks from the far right. Unlike previous anti-anti-fascist bills, however, this one’s biggest stumbling block might be its own sponsor.


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