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Trump Celebrates Killing of Antifa Activist in a Tweet

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Anti-fascist activist ‘Marlon’ Thrasher stood in front of barbed wire during a protest outside the Malibu town hall on Oct. 3.

President Trump cheered the killing of an anti-fascist activist as “we got him” in a tweet released Friday afternoon, more than a day after James Alex Fields Jr. was charged with allegedly driving a Dodge Challenger into a crowd of protesters gathered on the streets of Charlottesville, Va., in August, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others.

“So many people have been killed by Democrats and their small-minded radical left friends,” Trump tweeted, referring to the “antifa” activists who fought on the streets that day, a history that includes deaths such as at least six at an anti-fascist protest in 2017 in New York City.

“We must stop the violence,” he continued, “and this must stop right now!”

Democrats have accused Trump of inciting violence at his rallies, particularly after an August rally in which he put a “20%” sign on a canvas that said “Make America Great Again.” He has also drawn criticism for incendiary tweets that have been interpreted as threatening or encouraging violence.

The tweet did not mention whether Trump supports the effort to impeach him.

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