Democrats continue to make clear that the only form of domestic terrorism they want to be prosecuted involves acts committed by alleged “white supremacists” and parents at local school board meetings.
The House Judiciary Committee last week voted 21-17 along party lines to move forward the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act. According to a summary of the bill, the federal government would issue reports on domestic terrorism, including “white-supremacist-related incidents or attempted incidents.” The government would also establish an “interagency task force to analyze and combat white supremacist and neo-Nazi infiltration of the uniformed services and federal law enforcement agencies.” Additionally, the bill orders the FBI to assign a special agent or “hate crimes liaison” to each of its field offices to investigate hate crimes “with a nexus to domestic terrorism.”
More than 200 Democrats have endorsed the bill, as have three Republicans, Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Don Bacon of Nebraska, and Fred Upton of Michigan.
He wanted Antifa, Black Lives Matter and “radicalized” social justice groups added alongside neo-Nazis and other “white supremacists.”
“Radicalized groups like Antifa and BLM have terrorized this country for years now,” the Sarasota Republican said during the hearing.
He recalled the violence, murders, and other “unspeakable acts” committed by these groups during the summer of 2020, when rioters besieged major cities after the death of George Floyd in police custody.
For example, Steube noted the murder of retired police Capt. David Dorn during a BLM riot in St. Louis. He pointed out the rapes and homicides committed inside Antifa’s “CHOP zone,” the area of downtown claimed and cordoned off by the thugs.
Steube also maintained that these groups have made “eliminating” the police their mission, partly by labeling its “reimagining” policing and defunding cops.
“We should be very concerned about their aims to infiltrate law enforcement,” said Steube.
Steube then countered that the bill raises concerns because the public has seen the effects of when law enforcement “overreaches,” as has happened since the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol and at those rowdy school board meetings.
“There are countless reasons to oppose the underlying bill – and I do – but at least this amendment would make some positive change,” said Steube.
It would, he added, empower law enforcement to protect Americans from the far left.
Ultimately, though, the Democrats declined.
In an email to constituents on Sunday, Steube noted his proposal had been rejected, which did not surprise him.
“There’s no question that the actions and ideals of these groups contribute to domestic terrorism and it’s crucial that they are recognized as such to help protect the American people,” Steube wrote.