by Gus Saltonstall, June 1, 2020
President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon that the United States will designate antifa as a terrorist organization, although some say the U.S. government doesn’t have the legal authority to do so.
The State Department can designate foreign organizations as terrorist groups, but the United States has no domestic terrorism statute, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.
“Let’s be clear: There is no legal authority for designating a domestic group,” the ACLU tweeted Sunday. “Any such designation would raise significant due process and First Amendment concerns.”