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Since at least the beginning of August, the web domain Antifa.com has redirected Internet users to the campaign website for Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden.
What remains unknown is whether the redirect was established as a prank or because the left-wing extremists affiliated with Antifa genuinely support Biden, and whether not the Democrat presidential nominee is aware of the redirect.
What’s known is that the domain Antifa.com has existed since 2002, according to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers:
More importantly, as recently as as July 24th, the Antifa.com homepage had contained actual pro-Antifa propaganda, according to records by the Wayback Machine.
“Antifa, short for anti-fascist, is a broad, community-based movement composed of individuals organizing against racial and economic injustice. Those who identify with the label represent a large spectrum of the political left. The Trump administration frequently uses the term to describe any group or individual that demonstrates in opposition to its policies. Far-right extremists use similar tactics,” the propaganda reads.
“Since the election of Donald Trump, acts of racist violence have proliferated across the United States. Racists and misogynists feel emboldened to express and act on their views. White nationalist groups and resurgent traditional white supremacist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan have used Trump’s victory to gain new recruits.”
All of that is propaganda, of course, but the fact that it existed on the site suggests whoever runs the site is indeed a far-leftist, though he or she doesn’t appear to be the person who originally created the site.
A Wayback Machine capture from Oct. 11, 2015, shows that at the time, the website domain or URL had been up for sale:
The evidence seems to indicate someone purchased the website after President Donald Trump’s election and transformed it into a hub for Antifa.
What’s unusual is the person then redirecting the website to Biden’s website, given that Antifa is an extremist organization that’s viewed negatively by the public.
A Rasmussen Reports survey published after the George Floyd riots found that a 49 percent plurality of U.S. voters thought Antifa should be designated a terrorist organization. That’s a big number, especially during an election year.
49% Say ‘Antifa’ Is A Terrorist Organizationhttps://t.co/Rx2R90OWfI
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) June 3, 2020
Fast-forwarding to August, multiple mainstream outlets have written reports about the redirect, including Snopes, the National Post, Yahoo News, Mashable, etc.
Yet as of August 30th, neither Biden nor anybody at his campaign had yet remarked on the fact that an extremist website is redirecting its viewers to his campaign site.
Why? Some Americans would like to know …
— Keith Craig (@Bigkato1) August 30, 2020
— Shawn Vorba (@vorba719) August 30, 2020
Joe, don’t know if you know about this but there is some shady stuff going on with this link https://t.co/uOzyPd0FGH that directs users to your campaign site and asks for donations. Do you approve of this? And if so why?
— Mark (@Ripcord007) August 30, 2020
— Anni Swierk (@AnniSwierk) August 30, 2020
— TJ Stricklett (@tjstricklett) August 30, 2020
Just how radical is this group that has linked itself to Biden?
After a suspected left-wing extremist opened fire on and killed a Trump supporter who’d been minding his business in Portland, Oregon late Saturday evening, the city’s Antifa extremists cheered in maniacal glee.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 30, 2020
These are highly dangerous people, yet Biden has yet to remark on or condemn them. Meanwhile, these same extremists appear to be funneling people to his campaign website.