On Saturday, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in the State of Washington found itself under attack. The perpetrator? A member of domestic terrorist group “Antifa.”
Willem Van Spronsen, 69, died in his attempt to attack the facility in Tacoma, Washington. He was trying to ignite a propane tank when police quickly responded to the threat, shooting and wounding Van Spronsen. He ultimately died from the injuries he sustained.
At around 4:00 AM, Van Spronsen launched his attack on the government facility, armed with a rifle and “incendiary devices.” He was reportedly throwing these “incendiary devices,” setting vehicles on fire, and–according to officers on the scene–wearing a sachet and carrying flares.
Van Spronsen left behind a troubling manifesto, making clear that his mission was a suicide mission. He implied that he was going to die, saying “To my comrades: I regret that I will miss the rest of the revolution.” He further stated “I am antifa. I stand with comrades around the world.”
This manifesto also echoed the inflammatory language of radical congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes. Van Spronsen referred to detention facilities, calling them “concentration camps.” AOC has been repeatedly condemned for her irresponsible use of the term, which wields heavy historical meaning.
The Bigger Picture
This isn’t the first instance of Antifa terrorism, and unfortunately, it likely won’t be the last. Just two weeks ago, journalist Andy Ngo was brutally assaulted by masked Antifa members. His crime: reporting on Antifa.
This attack also comes at the beginning of nationwide ICE raids, focused on deporting illegal aliens who have already been ordered to be deported. There has been fierce opposition to this enforcement action, brought mainly by left-wing congressmen, pundits, and even presidential candidates. Kamala Harris called the raids a “political stunt designed to break up families and spread fear.”
Democrats tout “the rule of law” when trying to pin the President for crimes. However, they don’t seem to care as much about it when it comes to compromising national security.
Fueling the Fire
Antifa has always been around, but they are now fueled by increasingly extreme law makers and pundits who have defended the group in the past. Mainstream liberalism is moving closer and closer to the ideology of Antifa. The lines between “mainstream” positions and radical ones are becoming blurred.
If the Democratic Party knew what was good for them, they would clearly separate themselves from this domestic terrorist organization and condemn them with no hesitation.