OPINION: I would venture to guess that the majority of young people involved in the Antifa movement are emotionally stunted social rejects. In a group these rioters feel powerful–but alone, they are a quivering mass of insecure jelly.
Take, for example, one of the so-called “leaders” of Antifa. His name is Matthew Banta, and he was arrested and charged with obstructing an officer as well as two felony “bail jumping” charges.
He was walking down the street with his comrades, waving the Antifa flag, when police approached. His comrades took off running and Matthew fell to the ground, assumed the fetal position, and began crying.
Sounds like a real warrior.
Matthew Banta, 23, is charged with obstructing an officer and two counts of felony bail jumping, the station reported. He’s also “known to be a violent Antifa member who incites violence in otherwise relatively peaceful protests,” WBAY said, citing a criminal complaint.
Believe it or not, Banta also is known as “Commander Red,” police told the station.
Green Bay police told WBAY they were called for “a whole bunch of white people with sticks, baseball bats and helmets headed… towards the police” on Walnut Street near Webster Avenue on Saturday night.
“I don’t know who comes to a protest with a baseball bat for anything other than criminal or illegal activity,” Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith noted to the station.
More from WBAY:
A responding officer says he saw four individuals walking towards a protest with baseball bats. One man was wearing a metal helmet with goggles and military-style gear with multiple pouches, and was carrying an Antifa flag. When the officer pulled his squad car in front of the group, they ran away. The officer caught Banta, who was carrying the flag, and says Banta “dropped into the fetal position and began crying.” He accused the officer of lying on him; the officer replied nobody was on him.
Banta admitted he was headed to the Green Bay protest but denied he was planning to incite a riot, the station said, adding that a Brown County Court Commissioner set a $2,500 cash bond during his initial appearance Monday.
“It’s worrisome when people associated with Antifa come here to Green Bay from out of town for the purpose of protesting here or for the purposes of committing violent acts,” Smith also told WBAY.
Objective reporting for the educated American.
This Marxist-like movement is only successful because these social misfits feed off of each other. They can’t operate on their own, because they’re frightened, insecure, social rejects.
This opinion piece was written by Missy Crane on September 2, 2020. It originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.
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