FBI Director Wray didn’t call Antifa an ‘idea,’ he called it a ‘movement or ideology’

FBI Director Wray didn’t call Antifa an ‘idea,’ he called it a ‘movement or ideology’
Christopher Wray (Image: YouTube screen grab via Time mag)

[Ed. – Seems like more than a matter of semantics.]

One of the hallmarks of this era is how our political fights revolve around off-the-cuff statements from political leaders that are often inaccurate or not-quite-accurate, but because of tribalism, partisans feel the need to defend and attack.

The line from all Democrats will now be that “Antifa is an idea, not an organization” because Biden said so on the debate stage. This is a modification of FBI director Chris Wray’s statement that Antifa is an ideology or movement, not an organization. It’s worth keeping Wray’s full comments before Congress in mind. …

Antifa is a real thing. It’s not a group or an organization, it’s a movement or an ideology. … [W]e have any number of properly predicated investigations into what we would describe as violent anarchist extremists. Some of those individuals self-identify with Antifa.

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