(National Sentinel) Domestic Terrorism: Republican cowards jumped on the Democrats’ band wagon following last month’s deadly violence in Charlottesville to criticize President Donald J. Trump’s very correct observation — that white supremacists and the Antifa thugs battling them were equally to blame.

Now, we learn that the Obama administration thought the very same thing — long before the likes of failed two-time GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney, Sen. Marco Rubio and House Speaker Paul Ryan, among other Republicans, sought to characterize Antifa members as morally justified in their actions.

As Politico reports, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security designated Antifa anarchists as domestic terrorists more than a year ago, even as both agencies warn the group will be responsible for more violence in the future:

Federal authorities have been warning state and local officials since early 2016 that leftist extremists known as “antifa” had become increasingly confrontational and dangerous, so much so that the Department of Homeland Security formally classified their activities as “domestic terrorist violence,” according to interviews and confidential law enforcement documents obtained by POLITICO.

Since well before the Aug. 12 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly, DHS has been issuing warnings about the growing likelihood of lethal violence between the left-wing anarchists and right-wing white supremacist and nationalist groups.

Previously unreported documents disclose that by April 2016, authorities believed that “anarchist extremists” were the primary instigators of violence at public rallies against a range of targets. They were blamed by authorities for attacks on the police, government and political institutions, along with symbols of “the capitalist system,” racism, social injustice and fascism, according to a confidential 2016 joint intelligence assessment by DHS and the FBI.

After President Donald Trump’s election in November, the antifa activists locked onto another target — his supporters, especially those from white supremacist and nationalist groups suddenly turning out in droves to hail his victory, support crackdowns on immigrants and Muslims and to protest efforts to remove symbols of the Confederacy.

Those reports appear to bolster Trump’s insistence that extremists on the left bore some blame for the clashes in Charlottesville and represent a “problem” nationally.

The report repeats a familiar charge on the Left — that somehow Trump is responsible for the growth of white supremacism, just because they tend to support some of his ‘America first’ policies. Additionally, the report is bereft of assigning any blame to the extreme Leftist progressivism of former President Obama or failed Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders for the rise of groups like Antifa and its lesser-violent ally, Black Lives Matter.

Nevertheless, law enforcement officials — and the Obama administration – always knew who was responsible for instigating the violence at Trump rallies and at conservative-slash-Trump-supporting events since.

“It was in that period [as the Trump campaign emerged] that we really became aware of them,” said one senior law enforcement official tracking domestic extremists in a state that has become a front line in clashes between the groups. “These antifa guys were showing up with weapons, shields and bike helmets and just beating the shit out of people. … They’re using Molotov cocktails, they’re starting fires, they’re throwing bombs and smashing windows.”

FBI and DHS intelligence officials noted that once right-wing groups were coming under attack, they began to fight back almost immediately.

“Everybody is wondering, ‘What are we gonna do? How are we gonna deal with this?’” said the senior state law enforcement official. “Every time they have one of these protests where both sides are bringing guns, there are sphincters tightening in my world. Emotions get high, and fingers get twitchy on the trigger.”

Left-wing domestic terrorism has been around since the days Obama’s mentor, Bill Ayers, and his Weather Underground was bombing government buildings in the late 1960s.

Left-wing domestic terrorists are still around today, but they don’t call themselves “Weathermen.” They call themselves “Antifa.”

Everyone who criticized Trump for daring to speak the obvious truth about what happened in Charlottesville owes the president a huge apology — especially members of his own party.

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