Trump vows to designate antifa a terrorist group. Here’s why DOJ officials call that ‘highly problematic’

ABC News

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In particular, current and former government officials have repeatedly worried that officially designating a U.S.-based group as a terrorist organization could have significant First Amendment consequences.

The First Amendment protects the rights of Americans who like spewing “hateful speech” and “assembling with others who share the same hateful views,” so “unless an organization engages solely in unprotected activity, such as committing crimes of violence, any designation of a (U.S.-based) organization as a terrorist organization … would likely run afoul of the First Amendment,” Mary McCord, the former head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, told a House panel in January.

Source: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-vows-designate-antifa-terrorist-group-heres-doj/story?id=70999186

In the J20 trials, the feds said they went after “bad protesters.” That just means another crackdown on dissent.

The Intercept

Federal prosecutors dropped all remaining felony charges against the protesters in the J20 trials.

Source: https://theintercept.com/2018/07/14/inauguration-protest-prosecutions/

Charges dropped against 129 Trump inauguration protesters -” but dozens still face prison

The Intercept

Charges Dropped Against 129 Trump Inauguration Protesters — But Dozens Still Face Prison

Among those who still face decades in prison, a journalist has filed a motion for the court to dismiss his charges.

Source: theintercept.com/2018/01/19/charges-dropped-j20-trump-inauguration-j20-aaron-cantu/

A brief history of Donald Trump’s mixed messages on freedom of speech

Washington Post

A brief history of Donald Trump’s mixed messages on freedom of speech

Trump’s attack on protesting football players is part of a long record of opposing some kinds of speech.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-brief-history-of-donald-trumps-mixed-messages-on-freedom-of-speech/2017/09/28/dd44160c-a3b6-11e7-ade1-76d061d56efa_story.html

Sessions warns of campuses sheltering ‘fragile egos’

CNN

As President Donald Trump doubled down against the NFL National Anthem protests, his attorney general will wade into a culture war of his own.

Source: www.cnn.com/2017/09/26/politics/sessions-campus-free-speech-protests/index.html