A former member of the far-left group antifa and an American News journalist assaulted by members of the group on Friday, June 26, spoke out against House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) after he called antifa “imaginary” on Thursday.

Nadler made the claim while criticizing House Republicans during a debate on Democrats’ proposed police reform legislation. 

“They couldn’t utter the phrase ‘black lives matter’ and could barely [broach] the subject of police reform,” Nadler said. “Instead, their amendments … were errant nonsense, off-topic, dealing with imaginary things like antifa and completely negating the entire purpose of the bill.”

During an appearance on “The Ingraham Angle” on Friday, Gabriel Nadales, an ex-member of Antifa, pushed back against Nadler’s claim, saying this kind of attitude from left-wing politicians toward antifa would make its violence continue to grow.

“That’s just false,” Nadales said. “I mean, the only thing that’s imaginary here is Representative Nadler’s sense of justice. I mean, the protests I attended … weren’t imaginary. Also, the windows that I regrettably broke, they weren’t imaginary.”

Nadales said he was “indoctrinated” before he joined the group to believe that “America was my enemy, not because America rejected me, but because I kept being told that I was a victim.”

Nadales said he’s glad that he left the group and condemns it now after recognizing its real nature.

Journalist attacked by antifa

On the same day, Jack Posobiec, a journalist for OANN, was assaulted by antifa members at the protest to topple the Emancipation Memorial at Lincoln Park, in Washington. Posobiec was attacked while filming an elderly black man who asked the mob not to tear down the historical monument.

“Just imagine how much worse tonight would have been if Antifa actually existed,” Posobiec tweeted out after the incident, referencing to Nadler’s remarks.

“Would love to meet @JerryNadler and explain to him what Antifa is,” he added.

Attorney General William Barr announced on Friday the creation of a new task force to take on the anti-government extremists who have been causing much of the destruction in recent weeks following the death of George Floyd.

“We have evidence that anti-government violent extremists—including those who support the ‘Boogaloo,’ those who self-identify as antifa, and others—will pose continuing threats of lawlessness,” Barr wrote. “Some of these violent extremists, moreover, may be fortified by foreign entities seeking to sow chaos and disorder in our country. The Department of Justice will respond to these violent groups in the same way we respond to other organized criminal or terrorist networks—by disrupting their violent activities and ultimately dismantling their capability to threaten the rule of law.”

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