By C. Douglas Golden  December 11, 2021 at 12:34pm

It’s one of the great paradoxes of the modern left. Antifa isn’t real, but it’s also an anti-fascist organization — and if you’re against people who call themselves anti-fascists, what does that say about you?

It’s not that the charade works particularly well, especially when organizations that openly advertise themselves as antifa — a contraction of “anti-fascist,” a particularly inapt descriptor — actually have websites with instructions on how to apply for membership. (We’ve been covering the very real threat posed by antifa for years here at The Western Journal — and you can join our fight to bring America the truth by subscribing.)

In California, of all places, the realities of antifa — the fact that it exists and that its members are indiscriminate hooligans — are coming home to roost. For the first time, a U.S. prosecutor is trying to break up a group of antifa cells with felony conspiracy and assault charges.

According to a Newsweek writeup by antifa chronicler Andy Ngô, the San Diego County district attorney’s office has charged 11 alleged antifa rioters on charges of beating up supporters of former President Donald Trump — along with other random individuals who happened to be in the vicinity — during a Jan. 9 fracas in Pacific Beach, California.

Search and arrest warrants for eight of the suspects were issued last week in Los Angeles and San Diego counties. Law enforcement seized guns and ammunition during the searches, in addition to body armor and drugs.

The antifa groups gathered to confront individuals protesting Trump’s loss in the 2020 election, with the counterprotesters carrying “shields, banners and signs displaying the antifa logo,” according to Ngô. The criminal complaint said they used social media to call for action against those attending the Trump rally in the days beforehand.

“ANTIFA is known to use force, fear, and violence to further their own interests and to suppress the interests of others,” the complaint read.

“This tactic is referred to as ‘Direct Action’ and is known to mean acts of violence such as assault, battery, assault with deadly weapons, arson, and vandalism. The alleged object of this conspiracy was to incite and participate in a riot using direct action tactics.”

“The Antifa-affiliated group surrounded several minors who they believed to be attending the Patriot March, sprayed them with mace and chased them up the boardwalk, shoving one of the minors to the ground. The minor was surrounded and beaten resulting in the minor victim being taken to the hospital to be treated for a concussion.”

SoCal #Antifa are currently trying to raise bail money for 10~ of them charged with felony criminal conspiracy and more from a Jan 2021 event in San Diego where a number of Antifa attacked Trump supporters

Naming them in this

— AntifaWatch (@AntifaWatch2) December 6, 2021

It wasn’t just the pro-Trump protesters who suffered antifa’s wrath, either. Local photographer John Cocozza said he was attacked by members of the left-wing mob.

“Police were standing 40 feet away and did nothing,” Cocozza said. He said he sustained bruising on his back when one of the rioters hit him with a wooden stick. “That guy was aiming for my head. I saw him coming and I turned at the last moment.”

The scheduled Trump rally in Pacific Beach had not even started when Antifa members attacked people, said John Cocozza, a victim of Antifa attacks that day in PB.

“That’s one of the main things the news media got wrong,” Cocozza added.

Full story:

— KUSI News (@KUSINews) December 9, 2021

The thuggery was not coming from both sides.

“Video evidence analysis shows that overwhelmingly the violence in this incident was perpetrated by the Antifa affiliates and was not a mutual fray with both sides crossing out of lawful First Amendment expression into riot and violence,” District Attorney Summer Stephan’s office said in a news release, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Eight of the 11 antifa suspects were arraigned in court this week. All of them pleaded not guilty.

Amazingly, this occasioned a few liberal blue checks to take to Twitter and loudly insist that antifa isn’t real. These included Shane Burley (author of “Fascism Today” and “Why We Fight: Essays on Fascism, Resistance, and Surviving the Apocalypse”), left-wing journalist Jordan Chariton and actress Tina-Desiree Berg:

Obviously this headline and article are absurd, but so is this move to state repression, to take a right-wing fantasy about what antifa is and then to build a case around it. This is a dangerous precedent.

— Shane Burley (@shane_burley1) December 10, 2021

We’ve reached peak corporate media propaganda and derangement when @Newsweek refers to “Antifa cells”

— Jordan (@JordanChariton) December 10, 2021

I cannot believe that Newsweek is publishing Andy Ngo nonsense. Antifa cells aren’t an actual thing. 🤦🏼‍♀️

— Notorious TDB (@TinaDesireeBerg) December 10, 2021

Antifa isn’t like Tinkerbell: It doesn’t stop existing if you don’t give it attention.

Again, if antifa cells aren’t real, someone should point this out to Portland’s own Rose City Antifa — which, as Ngô noted, has a recruitment page on its website.

Portland’s antifa cell has a website (Rose City Antifa) and a section where they talk about how to become a member.

— Andy Ngô 🏳️‍🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) December 3, 2021

But again — not a real thing! Don’t pay attention to it. Also, “antifa” means “anti-fascist” — so if you’re anti-anti-fascist, what does that really make you?

It makes you someone who believes freedom of speech should be free of the thug’s veto, that’s what.

C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he’s written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.

C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he’s written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).


Morristown, New Jersey


Catholic University of America

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Topics of Expertise

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