Across the country, Antifa chapters have sprung up in major cities to hijack mostly peaceful protests against police brutality with violent, anarchic demonstrations.
But Democratic Congressman Jerry Nadler said on Thursday he does not believe the group even exists.
During a speech on the house floor, the Judiciary Committee Chairman described Antifa as an “imaginary thing.”
BizPac Review reports Nadler said: “…dealing with imaginary things, like Antifa”
Seriously? Tell that to the business owners whose shops were looted and destroyed. pic.twitter.com/o8IVgP9G8I
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) June 25, 2020
Moments later, Republican Congressman Jim Jordan had a chance to speak and shredded his Democratic colleague for making the comment, pointing him to Antifa-caused violence across the country.
“I can’t believe the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee would utter such a statement on the House floor,” the conservative firebrand said.
Jordan also pointed out the scary fact that the Democratic leader believes the same group President Trump labeled a “terrorist organization” just doesn’t exist.
“They’re not imaginary. They’re real,” he continued.
“And if you don’t believe me, go talk to… Andy Ngo — the journalist in Portland who was attacked by Antifa, who the President of the United States designated as a terrorist organization, to have the chair of the Judiciary Committee say on the House floor this sentence: ‘Imaginary things like Antifa,’” Jordan added.
“They are far from imaginary,” he exclaimed. “And there are people from every major city in this country who know that, yet the chair of the Judiciary Committee just made that statement. That is scary!”
Watch his response below:
The Chairman of the Judiciary Committee just called #Antifa "imaginary."
Antifa is real.
Ask the journalists they've attacked and the owners of businesses they've destroyed. pic.twitter.com/KE5KdaOKWH
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) June 25, 2020
Here’s how some other people responded to Nadler’s claim, via BizPac Review:
— Raon aujourd’hui by Stefu-μολὼν λαϐέ ♒️⚛️🕎 (@LeNectarivore) June 25, 2020
“Antifa doesn’t exist” – Jerry Nadler https://t.co/59IYrqsK1P
— The Torch Bearer (@torchbearerLIVE) June 26, 2020
Jerry Nadler said ANTIFA was imaginary! They have NO idea who they're messing with! Nadler is an idiot! https://t.co/DDc8ZpBqR8
— Michael Brown (@Michael50408678) June 26, 2020
I'm pretty sure that @MrAndyNgo could give Jerry Nadler a real good argument. Maybe Nadler's 'imaginary' friends will turn on him one day soon.
— Lynette ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@lynette530) June 25, 2020
It didn't personally impact @RepJerryNadler so it didn't happen.
— kkp photography (@kvill1126) June 25, 2020
I could let it go if he was just dumb. Fact of the matter he is not, which means he is supporting this sort of anarchy in our country. He knows damn good and well what it is and what it means, and it is furthering his political narrative. That is unforgivable.
— Rich Bertino (@RichBertino) June 25, 2020
More evidence of Antifa's existence than Russian collusion
— Ralph Kramden (@tout_le_monde1) June 25, 2020