“All of these Democrats are now basically owned by the left,” Gingrich said on Wednesday in an interview on Fox News. “They are not going to pick any fights. They are owned by people who are financed by George Soros.”
Gingrich made his comments after Democrats in a US Senate hearing on Tuesday refused to directly criticize the conduct of Antifa, whose members have been accused of hijacking ongoing protests against police brutality and fueling riots in cities such as Portland and Seattle, amid a wave of anti-racism rallies that have swept the country since late May.
Short for ‘anti-fascist,’ the group is composed of a loose-knit network of activists on the radical left who frequently employ violent protest tactics, at times bringing along makeshift weapons to demonstrations and clashing with police.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, noted that vandalism and violence by the likes of Antifa have undermined peaceful demonstrations, and chided Democrats for not condemning them. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) then asked: “So, how many times have I had to say we should be denouncing violent extremists of every stripe?”
“Does that include Antifa?” Cruz countered, with Hirono shooting back that she didn’t have time for the Republican’s “rhetorical speeches” before walking out of the hearing.