Rantz: Trump goes to war with organized Seattle Antifa and agitators

Aug 29, 2020, 7:30 PM | Updated: Aug 31, 2020, 11:48 am
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Criminal Antifa and other agitators, including Desmond David-Pitts, tried to burn down the East Precinct. (Video surveillance)
(Video surveillance)

The Trump administration is going to war with Antifa activists and other agitators wreaking havoc in Seattle. They’re charging the criminals in federal court.

Weeks ago, President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr said they would charge violent extremists, as city leaders in Seattle and elsewhere turn a blind eye. The administration wasn’t kidding.

Under the Department of Justice, two suspects were just charged by the U.S. Attorney for Western Washington. Both suspects were involved in two separate riots last week in Seattle.

US Attorney charges anti-cop activist with arson

Desmond David-Pitts, a 19-year-old from Alaska, was arrested and federally charged with arson for setting fire to the East Precinct on Monday, Aug. 17. U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran says the arson was “organized, [and] pre-planned.”

Investigators were able to identify David-Pitts because of his decision to wear bright pink pants while committing the crime. No one has ever accused these criminal activists of being bright. After the arrest, he confessed to the arson.

Around the same time, criminal rioters used quick-dry cement to seal shut the door to the precinct. The intent was to trap the officers inside as the building burned.

David-Pitts now faces up to 20 years in prison.

U.S. Attorney charges Antifa activist for Molotov Cocktails

Sami C. Horner, 19-years-old from Tacoma, participated in a Seattle riot on the night of Wednesday, Aug. 19. Hours after Mayor Jenny Durkan told MSNBC that Seattle does not have problems with lawless mobs, a lawless mob destroyed businesses on Capitol Hill.

Horner was caught smashing windows of a bank branch. When officers arrested him, they found a Molotov cocktail in his backpack. He also had a walkie-talkie.

The Molotov cocktail falls under the legal definition of an incendiary device. Now Horner finds himself charged federally with unlawful possession of a destructive device. He faces up to 10 years in jail.

Horner reportedly identifies as anti-fascist on Twitter, where he actively amplified violent Antifa groups responsible for much of the violence we’ve seen on the streets of Seattle and Portland.

Trump goes to war with these criminals

President Trump has routinely offered federal law enforcement assistance to Democrat-run cities. Unfortunately, almost all pretend there’s little to no violence (while now, suddenly, also stupidly saying the violence is happening in “Trump’s America”).

If he’s not able to send in law enforcement, his administration can prosecute to send a message. And they are.

“If you’re going to protest, that’s one thing,” U.S. Attorney Moran tells the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH. “But if you step outside the lines, the federal government, with federal charges and federal prosecutors, are going to be there to catch you.”

David-Pitts and Horner are the most recent charges, but not the only ones.

Moran has previously charged Isaiah Thomas Willoughby with arson at the East Precinct and Margaret Aislinn Channon for arson after setting five Seattle Police vehicles on fire. Devinare Antwan Parker was charged with possessing a destructive device after bringing an improvised firearm to a protest, which he threatened to use against police.

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More arrests to come

Moran cautions these agitators against breaking the law because the “likelihood that they will be apprehended is quite high.”

Given the information available online, it’s not just been easier to track down the criminals, but it’s also been easier to collect data on Antifa and other kinds of agitator organization.

“We’re obviously very interested in sort of the intelligence side of it,” Moran explained. “Who are these people? Are they organized? How are they organized? Where they organized? So that, obviously, is if you can disrupt a criminal enterprise, that’s a large part of the portfolio of the U. S. Attorney’s office. At the same time, we don’t want to just be blindsided and not react to charges that may be a one off.”

And Moran isn’t done.

“There will be more cases to come. I can assure you of that, Jason.”

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Rantz: Trump goes to war with organized Seattle Antifa and agitators