Kellyanne Conway Falsely Claims Antifa Stands for 'Anti-First Amendment' on 'Fox & Friends'

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway and a Fox News contributor on Monday both falsely claimed that Antifa is a shortened version of "anti-First Amendment" during a segment on Fox & Friends discussing media coverage of the movement.

Conservative commentator and radio show host Dan Bongino argued on Monday that members of the movement are "not counter-protesters" during an appearance on Fox News.

"They're not counter-protesters, OK?" Bongino said. "You've been in the media [for] a long time. Other outlets do this; it's called gas lighting. Tell a lie, tell a lie confidently, and isolate people from the truth, and you can get people to believe anything."

"Antifa are not counter-protesters, it is an anti-First Amendment — that's what it stands for," the commentator continued. "They tell you it stands for 'anti-fascist,' it really is 'anti-First Amendment.' They are an anti-First Amendment, ultra-violent terror group that wants to silence people's free speech. They are not counter-protesters."

Antifa is a moniker for anti-fascism protests and does not stand for "anti-First Amendment."

"I 100 percent disavow violence. It has no place in a political conversation, ever, period, full-stop, on any side... I'm not saying nobody else does anything wrong, I'm simply saying the evidence of Antifa and their ultra-violent routine is everywhere. Stop calling them counter-protesters," Bongino added.

Later on the show, Conway made an appearance and echoed Bongino's claims that Antifa stands for "anti-First Amendment."

"Do we know what 'Antifa' stands for? It's 'anti-First Amendment.' So, that's very curious," the top White House aide said. "But your First Amendment does not — your First Amendment right to free speech does not extend to you being physically violent towards another human being because you disagree with their politics or because they have a red MAGA hat on."

She continued: "That has to stop, just like the guy in Philadelphia shooting at six police officers, he's got a rap sheet the size of me, and everybody's screaming about gun control."

"People have to focus on the violence that's happening, you can't just pick and choose who you think is criminally reprehensible and violent and worthy of punishment based on their politics," Conway added.

Bongino appeared to have first made the Antifa claim over the weekend, when he tweeted on Saturday: "Everywhere the group ANTIFA (Anti-First Amendment) goes, violence and chaos follows."

Members of Antifa and far-right groups, including the Proud Boys, clashed in Portland, Oregon this weekend at a downtown gathering of roughly 1,000 far-right demonstrations and anti-fascist counter-protesters. Although there were 13 arrests, only six minor injuries were reported, according to AP News.

"I'm grateful this was largely a peaceful event," Mayor Ted Wheeler said of the incident. "We were preparing for and planning for a worst-case scenario."

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Fox News contributor Dan Bongino on Monday said that Antifa stands for "anti-First Amendment during a segment on "Fox & Friends." Fox News/Screenshot