As nationwide protests escalated over the weekend, most national media labored to track complex developments, both peaceful and violent, in cities and towns across the country. But on and across right-wing media, the narrative was simple: anti-fascist activists and vague “organized groups” intent on chaos were responsible for all the ills flashing across TV screens.

President has leaned heavily into this narrative, tweeting over the weekend that he would declare anti-fascists, known as , as a terrorist group (which he has  in addition, it’s also not a real organization with any centralized leadership or defined members). U.S. Attorney General issued a statement on Sunday and a day later dispatched federal riot teams to multiple cities.

If one accepts that rogue

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