Congress introduces “Unmasking Antifa Act” modeled after 20th-century legislation designed to reveal members of the KKK
07/14/2018 // JD Heyes // Views

A Republican lawmaker has introduced legislation aimed at members of the violent domestic terrorist group Antifa that would make it a crime to cover your face while participating in protests and other activities in which American citizens are being threatened and intimidated.

Called “H. R. 6054 - Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018,” the legislation — which was introduced in early June — amends Title 18, United States Code, “to provide penalty enhancements for committing certain offenses while in disguise,” among other things.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Daniel Donovan Jr., R-N.Y., and was referred to the House Judiciary Committee June 8.

According to the text of the bill:

Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, while in disguise, including while wearing a mask, injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both.

Antifa members tend to wear black scarves and other head-coverings when they show up at conservative pro-Trump political events to intimidate opponents, attack them, and destroy private property — which began during POTUS Trump’s 2016 campaign and has continued after he was elected.

Interestingly, similar anti-masking legislation swept the nation in the mid-20th century. After World War II, the rise of the KKK triggered state and federal laws that sought to punish Klan members who wore their head coverings in public. 


Alabama passed anti-masking legislation aimed squarely at the Klan in 1949, in response largely to an incident in which KKK members raided and terrorized a bi-racial group of counselors at a Girl Scout camp, Camp Fletcher, located in Jefferson County, in June 1948. 

Antifa are the real fascists

“The night raid on the camp came about when the Klan got word that two white counselors from Memphis were at Camp Fletcher conducting training for several leaders of the local black Girl Scout chapter,” said one history of the incident. “The local chapter had recently been founded by Mildred Johnson, whose husband, R.C. Johnson, was the longtime principal of Birmingham’s A.H. Parker High School, and whose daughter, Alma, would later become the wife of a young Army officer named Colin Powell” — the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

What’s also interesting to note is that both pieces of legislation — the mid-20th-century unmasking laws and the current bill introduced by Donovan — mostly pertain supporters of Democratic Party.

Or maybe we shouldn’t be surprised about that, given the hypocrisy of the party then and now. While pretending to stand up for the American flag last century, Democrats flocked to the KKK, an organization that targeted blacks and minorities — something very unAmerican. Today’s Antifa thugs trend towards the Democratic party and use fascist tactics and violence while claiming to be anti-fascists. (Related: ‘Have a fist full of MAGA!’ Pro-Trump Patriot Prayer member COLD COCKS Antifa thug during Battle of Portland.)

Donovan’s bill does not have many co-sponsors — just Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., Ted Budd, R-N.C., and Paul Gosar, R-Ariz. — but it’s relevance today is just as significant as unmasking KKK legislation was in the 1940s.

Just days ago, the legislation received new attention after independent investigative journalist Mike Cernovich tweeted about it, urging followers and others to contact their lawmaker and push for its passage. 

“Let them know what you think about the Unmasking Antifa Act, which would hold far left-wing terrorist groups to the same standards as the KKK and other groups,” he wrote.

Antifa isn’t “anti-fascist,” because Trump supporters aren’t fascists, no matter how often they are called fascists and “Nazis.” 

This legislation is needed.

Read more about Antifa’s antics at

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for and, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.

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