In the tweet, Gaetz calls for the government to “hunt down” antifa, the loosely affiliated, far-left anti-fascist movement. The president earlier this week said that he would designate the movement as a terrorist organization.
“Now that we clearly see Antifa as terrorists, can we hunt them down like we do those in the Middle East?” the Florida lawmaker tweeted.
With the label, people viewing the tweet on Gaetz’s profile need to click through to see it. It also does not have the option to comment or like the post.
On top of Gaetz’s tweet, Twitter’s label reads: “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”
The same label was put on a tweet from Trump last week where he said “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” referring to the protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed as a police officer kept his knee on his neck.
The protests are against racism and police brutality.
Gaetz later called the “glorifying violence” label a “badge of honor” for himself, adding that he would “keep saying” it.
Gaetz wasn’t the only lawmaker who brought up the use of violence in reference to antifa.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) called for the use of the military against protesters.
“Anarchy, rioting, and looting needs to end tonight. If local law enforcement is overwhelmed and needs backup, let’s see how tough these Antifa terrorists are when they’re facing off with the 101st Airborne Division. We need to have zero tolerance for this destruction,” Cotton tweeted.
He later added: “And, if necessary, the 10th Mountain, 82nd Airborne, 1st Cav, 3rd Infantry—whatever it takes to restore order. No quarter for insurrectionists, anarchists, rioters, and looters.”
Cotton’s tweet was re-tweeted by Trump, who said it was “100% correct.”
Gaetz himself doubled down on his stance later, saying the government should kill with more impunity on U.S. soil