Police: Antifa member curled into a fetal position and cried when they arrested him with a flamethrower

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GREEN BAY, WI – This kiddo is totally going to be grounded.

Police say this Antifa member, who had been armed with a flame thrower, showed his true colors when he was arrested.

Because nothing screams ‘tough guy’ like curling into a ball and sobbing.

Matthew Banta, a big bad and mean warrior of Antifa, was walking with a group of people when police were called. 

The unknown caller said there were a “whole bunch of white people with sticks baseball bats and helmets headed…towards the police.” 

Police responded to the area on Walnut Street and reported seeing four people walking toward a protest carrying baseball bats.  Police described the group wearing military type attire and saw Banta carrying an Antifa flag. 

As the officer stepped out with the group, they took off on foot and the officer was able to catch up to Banta, who threw himself on the ground.

Like a true cowardly cry baby or like a two-year-old who doesn’t get their way, Banta is reported to curl up in the fetal position while sobbing. 

Banta began accusing the officer of lying on top of him, although, there was no one touching him.

Police ultimately searched Banta, through his fit of tears, and located smoke grenades, fireworks, and a flamethrower that they allege he had in his possession. 

Banta was arrested for obstructing an officer and two counts of felony bail jumping. 

The man-child admitted to police that he was going to the protests, but denies that he was intended to incite any type of violence while there. 

Banta was ordered held on a $2,500 bond during his initial court appearance on August 31st

The criminal complaint filed in court describes Banta as “known to be a violent Antifa member who incites violence in otherwise relatively peaceful protests.” 

It appears that Banta is all big and bad with his face covered and no one to challenge him, but, as true cowards and bullies do, he backs down immediately when challenged.

Banta has recently been arrested while in Waupaca County at another protest.  There, he is accused of pointing a loaded firearm at an officer as well as biting and kicking another. 

In Waupaca, Banta was criminally charged with second-degree recklessly endangering safety along with four additional charges.  One of his bond conditions upon release was not to be in possession of any weapons, something that Green Bay Police say he clearly violated with a flamethrower.

Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith spoke of the group carrying bats toward the protest.  Smith said:

“I don’t know who comes to a protest with a baseball bat for anything other than criminal or illegal activity.”

Smith continued:

“It’s worrisome when people associated with Antifa come here to Green Bay from out of town for the purpose of protesting here or for the purposes of committing violent acts.” 

Green Bay Police advised that they arrested 15 people in total at the protests on August 29th after the event was deemed an unlawful assembly.  For those that are not clear on what that actually means, Smith defines it as, “three or more people who gather in such a manner where property damage or personal injury is likely to occur.”

Smith said this was the case on the 29th because a “large group of people had blocked traffic on the street had engaged in throwing a bottle at somebody, were pulling up manhole covers off the street.” 

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Trump challenges Biden to denounce Antifa, says he won’t because he doesn’t want to ‘lose the Bernie vote’

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WASHINGTON, DC –On August 30th, President Donald Trump urged Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden to denounce Antifa.

In the middle of the election season, tensions are high with both President Trump and Biden taking swipes at each other.  Biden repeats proven lies (Trump praises white supremacists) and the President attacks Biden for not acknowledging the riots.  And, as of the 30th, the President now has called on Biden to condemn Antifa.

On Twitter, President Trump said:

“When is Slow Joe Bien going to criticize the Anarchists, Thugs, & Agitators in ANTIFA?  When is he going to suggest bringing up the National Guard in BADLY RUN & Crime Infested Democrat Cities & States?  Remember, he can’t lose the Crazy Bernie Super Liberal vote!”

Biden and his supporters do not believe that he has to come out and denounce Antifa, as he has spoken out against all violence and crime in general.  They also believe there is no need to, as President Trump has not spoken out against Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who shot three people and killed two.

When asked a press conference about the shooting, the President said that it was “an interesting situation.” 

He then added:

“You saw the same tape as I saw and he was trying to get away from them, I guess, looks like.  And he fell and then they very violently attacked him and it was something that we’re looking at right now, and it’s under investigation.” 

In other words, the President wants to have all the facts in place and not put his foot in his mouth if the shooting is ultimately ruled self-defense.  The President, by saying that the case is under investigation, is also affording due process to the teenager instead of trying and convicting him in the court of public opinion. 

Joshua Potash, a Resistance activist, appears to jump on the democratic talking point when he tweeted this:

“Trump just publicly defended Kyle Rittenhouse.  Please no more “both side” false equivalencies. 

The violent right white supremacists with the backing of the President are the ones we all need to be worried about.  Not the people insisting cops stop murdering black folks.”

This is a very interesting statement by Potash.  He seems to be inferring that Rittenhouse is a white supremacist as well as Aaron Danielson, who was shot and killed after a protester identified him as a “Trumper.”

As of yet, there has been no evidence in anyway which would lead a reasonable person to believe that either person has any history or ideologies of white supremacy. 

Then we move to his next statement of white supremacists having the backing of the President.  Other than inferring that Rittenhouse and/or Danielson were white supremacists, the only other disproven reference we can think of is when the murder in Charlottesville occurred. 

The democrats, mainstream media, and especially Biden have said repeatedly that the President called white supremacists “very fine people.”  

However, the truth is he never said such a thing and only referred to those people who were protesting for and against monuments being removed as being “very fine people.” 

Breitbart News broke down what was said:

Here are the facts as reported by Breitbart:

  • The president repeatedly condemned the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville in August 2017
  • The neo-Nazis were not alone as the only violent group in Charlottesville. The so-called “clash” between both sides was not between neo-Nazis and real “peaceful protesters,” but rather with “violent, black-clad Antifa extremists.”
  • Regarding the presidents comment of “very fine people,” the president had been referring to peaceful protests that were both for and against the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

The president has repeatedly condemned neo-Nazi extremists, which the following timeline and cited transcript confirm:

  • Aug 12, 2017: The president condemned “violence ‘on many sides’ in Charlottesville,” after neo-Nazi and Antifa clashes
  • Aug 14, 2017: Trump condemned “neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups” in a White House statement
  • Aug 15, 2017: The president condemned neo-Nazis “totally,” praised non-violent protesters “on both sides” of statue debate.

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Lastly, Potash says that America needs to be worried, basically of President Trump and his supporters and not people “insisting cops stop murdering black folks.” 

First off, Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and any other group that are participating in the riots are simply not “insisting,” they are straight up rioting, destroying buildings, and injuring hundreds of cops in the process. 

However, for people like Potash, Biden, and the liberal left, these criminals are nothing more than peaceful protesters.  As Biden said in a tweet:

“We can’t let George Floyd and Jacob Blake become just another pair of hashtags.  This is a moment of action.  It’s long past time we reform policing, reverse systemic racism, and make our communities safer.”

Maybe the President has a point, maybe Biden cannot call out Antifa because that group tends to support Bernie Sanders.  Maybe that is why the democratic leaders will not call out the group for their riots, destruction, and chaos.

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