Republican state Rep. Braxton Mitchell of Montana has introduced a resolution to designate antifa as a domestic terrorist organization. While there’s little evidence of antifa activities in Montana, Mitchell said early intervention is the best way to prevent the group from metastasizing into his state from Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, where the violent extremists have wreaked havoc for months. Mitchell told Fox News that he has witnessed antifa’s alarming influence and numbers mushroom during the past few years, and he wants to stem that before the radical group’s rioting spreads even further. “I just don’t want to go into a future where [political violence] becomes the norm, and I hope as a country, we can start moving away from political violence on both sides,” the 20-year-old Republican said. Critics have slammed his resolution as a waste of time because antifa is not a major problem in Montana — yet.
Law & Crime
Since Jan. 6, Democrats and the establishment media have pushed a narrative that the horrid riot at the Capitol was provoked partly, if not entirely, by then-President Donald Trump. This assumption of culpability was the driver behind Trump’s second impeachment. However, a new bombshell from the former president himself flies in the face of this interpretation of events. In an interview late Sunday on Fox News’ “The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton,” Trump said he specifically requested that 10,000 National Guardsmen be present at the Capitol for his rally on Jan. 6 as his staff anticipated far larger crowds than it had originally planned for. “You know, we said to the Department of Defense, the top person, days before we had the rally … I requested, I said, ‘Look, this rally is going to bigger than anyone thinks.’ … I said that I think you should have 10,000, I think I gave the number, I definitely gave the number of 10,000 National Guardsmen, I think you should have 10,000 of the National Guard ready,” the former president told Hilton.
The Biden administration is reportedly considering scheduling a “controversial” vote on a gun control bill in the next couple of weeks, news which comes as Biden demanded last month that Congress take action on cracking down on American’s Second Amendment rights. A report by Punchbowl News, which was founded by former Politico reporters, said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrats were focused on turning their attention to other issues that the Biden administration has on its agenda, including gun control, after they passed Biden’s “American Rescue Plan” last week. The report said that Democrats plan to “push through as much legislation as they can” over the next two weeks. “And Democrats may schedule another controversial vote that [time period] as well — legislation requiring universal background checks on gun sales (H.R. 8),” Punchbowl News reported. “Another bill would close the so-called ‘Charleston Loophole,’ which allows gun purchases to proceed if the background check isn’t completed in three business days. Both bills passed the House during the 116th Congress only to be blocked by Senate Republicans.”
The Minneapolis courthouse that will feature the trial connected to George Floyd, who died while in police custody on May 25, 2020, has been “turned into a veritable fortress,” the New York Post reported. Jury selection will begin on March 8 for the trial, where ex-police officer Derek Chauvin is charged with murdering Floyd. The Post reported that Hennepin County District Court has been “ringed with concrete barriers, security fencing, and barbed wire.” This is in addition to increased security in the area, including “Minneapolis police, Hennepin County sheriff’s deputies, Minnesota state troopers, and the National Guard,” the Post previously reported. “We are not going to be caught flat-footed,” Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington told KTTC-TV earlier this month. The Post reported that Minneapolis authorities “have been hatching security plans for the trial since July, when outrage over Floyd’s death on May 25 while in police custody sparked massive protests worldwide.”
An Ohio mother killed her 6-year-old son by driving over him at a wildlife area before dumping his body a day later in a river, according to police and a new report. Brittany Gosney, 29, of Middletown, reported her son, James Robert Hutchinson, missing on Sunday, according to the Middletown Division of Police. Upon further questioning, Gosney admitted what had happened, authorities said. “They now say that James was killed in Preble County a few days ago,” police said. “The child’s body was brought back to Middletown, where they live, and later put into the Ohio River.” Gosney admitted to driving to a wildlife area to abandon James, and then running over him when he attempted to get back in the car, according to court records obtained by WXIX.