President Donald Trump privately blamed ‘Antifa people’ for storming US Capitol

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US President Donald Trump privately blamed “Antifa people” for storming the US Capitol last Wednesday, even though clear video and documentary evidence shows the rioters were overwhelmingly his supporters.

Antifa, short for anti-fascist, is an amorphous movement. Members of the group have clashed with far-right groups in the past few years.

Trump threatened to label the group as a “terrorist” organisation following protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, and other acts of police brutality.

Trump made the remark in a 30-minute-plus phone call on Monday morning with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, citing a White House official and another source familiar with the call.