Huffington Post, “GOP Anti-Antifa Act Could Send Masked Demonstrators To Prison For 15 Years”

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 16: From left, Rep. John Faso, R-N.Y., Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., and Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., hold a press conference on tax reform on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Anyone who doubts the speed with which paranoid authoritarianism is becoming the dominant worldview of today’s GOP should read the Unmasking Antifa Act, a short bill recently introduced in Congress by four House Republicans.

The legislation would punish anyone who “injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person” engaged in a legally protected right or privilege while “wearing a mask” with up to 15 years in prison.

The extreme vagueness of “oppresses” and “intimidates” raises concerns that anyone who simply shows up at a protest in a mask could be put away for a very long time if the bill becomes law.

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