President Donald Trump went totally off script during his August 22 rally in Phoenix Arizona, condemning the media for refusing to fairly cover his remarks about Charlottesville, Virginia, and later publicly naming the radical, violent Alt-Left organization Antifa.
He used the name Antifa after a protester screamed something unintelligible during his rally, interrupting his string of insults hurled toward the fake media.
“How did he get in here, he’s supposed to be with the few people outside?” President Trump asked the crowd, “How about, how about all week they’ve been talking about the massive crowds that are gonna be outside? Where are they? Well it’s hot out! It is hot. I think it’s too warm.”
The president then specifically called out Antifa by name.
“You know they show up in the helmets and the black masks, and they’ve got clubs, and they’ve got everything. Antifa!”
President Trump also made fun of the protester’s weak voice as the man was ushered out of the room.
In addition to his remarks specifically about Antifa, President Trump detailed the violence his supporters have faced since he declared his candidacy for president in 2015 while mocking the media. The president said he would watch his supporters leave his events only to be attacked and chased down by protesters, who Trump referred to once as “anarchists.”
The president also condemned the media for its role in creating violent divisions in the country and for fueling the anger that has provoked Antifa.
“It’s time to expose the crooked media deception, and to challenge the media for their role in fomenting divisions.” He added, “And yes, by the way, they are trying to take away our history and our heritage.”
A White House Petition to officially classify Antifa as a terrorist organization reached over 250,000 signatures in less than one week, more than doubling the 100,000 required to be addressed by the Trump administration.