It’s no surprise to anyone when an Antifa member ends up in court charged with a violent crime. After all, the far-left hate group is notorious for assaulting anyone it disagrees with. Antifa grew out of a brutal tradition of European political extremism and most Americans, including mainstream Democratic Party voters, are horrified by its willingness to shut down legitimate debates. However, the latest Antifa scandal shows that some senior Democrats are losing touch with their party’s base — and linking themselves to violent extremists.
A Philadelphia courtroom will try the case against Joseph Alcoff, a 37-year-old Antifa leader charged alongside two others with a violent and unprovoked assault on two US Marines. On the face of it, this is just another Leftist thug facing the consequences of his actions — but in fact, it shows how some leading Democrats are building links with very dangerous people.
- Alcoff is believed to be Antifa’s leader in the Washington, D.C. area, as well as an organizer for another extremist group, Smash Racism D.C.
- From 2016 to 2018, Alcoff was a campaign manager for a mainstream liberal group, Americans for Financial Reform. His comments on payday lenders were widely quoted by Democrat congressmen.
- Alcoff himself took part in a House Democratic podcast and was regularly invited to meet senior government officials to give his views on financial issues.
- Senior Democrats known to have worked with Alcoff include Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). Both are members of high-level government committees that deal with financial regulations.
- Alcoff also met with the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau several times in 2016 and 2017 — while also being an active Antifa leader.
- On November 17, 2018, Alcoff was one of the organizers of a far-left mob which attacked a rally in Philadelphia. At some point during the confrontation, one of Alcoff’s codefendants approached two US Marines who were in town for a USMC event. The Marines were in civilian clothes and had nothing to identify them as military.
- The aggressor, Tom Keenan, allegedly asked if the two men were Proud Boys. They denied it but were then assaulted by a gang that included Keenan, Thomas Massey and Alcoff. The attackers yelled insults like “white supremacist” and “Nazi” as the victims, Corporals Alejandro Godinez and Luis Torres, defended themselves.
- Torres says the two Marines also faced anti-Hispanic racial slurs from the attackers.
- Since Alcoff’s arrest, Democratic politicians have scurried away from him and denied any links. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who appeared at an event with Alcoff last March, denies ever having “interacted” with him while other congressmen refused to answer media inquiries about their links with him.