Jeremiah Ellison, the son of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison (D), declared his support for Antifa on Sunday after President Donald Trump announced that the United States will declare the radical far-left group a terrorist organization.
“I hereby declare, officially, my support for ANTIFA,” Ellison, a Minneapolis city council member, wrote on social media.
“Unless someone can prove to me ANTIFA is behind the burning of black and immigrant owned businesses in my ward, I’ll keep focusing on stopping the white power terrorist THE ARE ACTUALLY ATTACKING US!” he added.
I hereby declare, officially, my support for ANTIFA
Unless someone can prove to me ANTIFA is behind the burning of black and immigrant owned businesses in my ward, I’ll keep focusing on stopping the white power terrorist THE ARE ACTUALLY ATTACKING US! https://t.co/m6jxtDYmTi
— Jeremiah Ellison (@jeremiah4north) May 31, 2020
President Trump’s declaration earlier came amid ongoing mass protests and violent unrest in response to the death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee onto his neck while in custody.
Following the president’s announcement, Attorney General William Barr said in a statement: “The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly.”
Further, Barr warned that 56 regional FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces will identify “criminal organizers and instigators” contributing to the riots.
Jeremiah Ellison is not the only one in his family to voice support for Antifa.
As Breitbart News reported:
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison once tweeted support for Antifa — the so-called “anti-fascist” group that many blame for the ongoing riots in Minneapolis and elsewhere following the killing of George Floyd last week.
Ellison, who was then a congressman and the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, tweeted after a visit to the Moon Palace Books shop in Minneapolis in January 2018: “At @MoonPalaceBooks and I just found the book that strike [sic] fear in the heart of @realDonaldTrump.” He attached a photo of himself holding the book Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook by Mark Bray.
This needs to be shared far and wide. This is our very own #MN Attorney General, @keithellison @AGEllison proudly promoting a group that is now destroying our state. This #MNDFL POS needs to be driven from office and driven from the state of #Minnesota. pic.twitter.com/HcjeYRTWpk
— CrimeWatchMpls (@CrimeWatchMpls) May 30, 2020