Via ABC 13 News:
NASHVILLE, Tenn.–A U.S. Congressman from Tennessee says legislation he’s introduced is aimed at unmasking “cowards” in the anti-fascist group Antifa.
The ‘Unmasking Antifa Act’ was introduced by U.S. Representative Tim Burchett, a Republican from Knoxville’s 2nd District. The bill would issue fines and/or imprisonment for up to 15 years for any individual who wears a mask or disguise while committing a crime, including threatening or intimidating another individual exercising their constitutional rights or privileges.
Burchett says while the bill is aimed at the group, it would apply more broadly. “This applies to the Klan too,” Burchett says. Under the bill, anyone wearing a mask while committing a crime would be subject to the punishment.
“I don’t think these cowards would act like they do if they had to show their faces,” Burchett tells FOX 17 News. A local Antifa organizer in Nashville disagrees, saying the masks are part of protecting the safety of protesters.