FBI director says 'Antifa is a real' threat as he reveals there's been 120 arrests for domestic terrorism this year

AN FBI director dubbed Antifa "a real threat" as he revealed there's been 120 arrests for domestic terrorism this year.

Speaking at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Thursday, FBI director Chris Wray told lawmakers how Antifa is a belief, according to Fox News.

Wray said: "Antifa is a real thing. It's not a group or an organization.

"It's a movement, or an ideology may be one way of thinking of it.

"And we have quite a number. And I've said this quite consistently since my first time appearing before this committee.

"We have any number of properly predicated investigations into what we would describe as violent anarchist extremists and some of those individuals self-identify with Antifa."

Anifa is an umbrella term for far-left militant groups that resist neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

Wray added: "Antifa is a real thing. It’s not a fiction. But it is. It’s not an organization or a structure.

"They say 'I am Antifa.'"

Antifa is a political protest movement known for their strong opposition to fascism and other extreme right-wing ideologies.

The word is short for "anti-fascist."

According to Wray, more than 1,000 investigations have been opened into domestic violent extremists in 2020.

He also said that more than 120 people were arrested this year for domestic terrorism.

Wray chose not say whether right or left extremists were more dangerous.

However, he did confirm that the most threatening people were “lone wolves."

Wray continued: “We don’t we don’t really think of threats in terms of left, right, at the FBI.

"We’re focused on the violence, not the ideology."

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump tweeted that "the United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization."

Trump blamed the group for the violence across the country in the aftermath of George Floyd's police custody death in Minneapolis.

He also urged Democrat governors to call in the National Guard amid ongoing mass violence in America.

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