Frank Gaffney, radio host and president of the anti-Muslim group Center for Security Policy, suggested that federal authorities should intervene not only against anti-fascism protest groups but also organizations that protest alongside them, such as Black Lives Matter.
Trevor Loudon, a conservative documentary filmmaker, spoke last week with Gaffney about plans announced by the group Refuse Fascism to conduct a nationwide day of protest on November 4. Gaffney and Loudon agreed that the demonstrations were designed to provoke violence.
“It is actually illegal to incite or conspire to incite riots in our country across interstate lines, at the federal level in particular,” Gaffney said. “It would sound as though what these folks have in mind and are about would violate, at the very minimum, that statute.”
Gaffney went on to ask Loudon, “Should there be an effort made now to roll these guys up?”
“Yeah, look, they absolutely should be. They’re committing felonies here,” Loudon replied. Loudon then compared modern anti-fascism protesters and groups like Black Lives Matter to the “Chicago Seven,” activists who were charged with inciting violent riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
“Seven guys were arrested and prosecuted and jailed for crossing state lines to incite a riot. Well, these Refuse Fascism people and their Black Lives Matter allies and their Antifa allies are doing that on a daily basis and I think it’s time for the federal authorities to step in now,” Loudon said.