I wonder who crafts the language the Trump administration uses in its proclamations. 'Antifa Jurisdictions' is such a tangled mess of meaning and perception that it has to be intentional.
Why would the Department of Justice even agree to apply that language in its declaration?
They have to know the significant meaning of the word jurisdiction, a term with a very definite meaning pertaining to official power and ability to proclaim legal judgements.
Trump's game is to associate the mayors of NYC, Portland, and Seattle as Antifa adjacent. Allowing 'the Antifa' to run rampant in their cities.
The designation means that these cities are at risk of losing federal funding and grants. The New York Post reports that White House budget director Russ Vought is set to issue guidance to federal agencies on withdrawing funds from the cities in less than two weeks.
“We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance,” Barr said in a statement. “It is my hope that the cities identified by the Department of Justice today will reverse course and become serious about performing the basic function of government and start protecting their own citizens.”
Antifa is the boogieman Trump uses to manipulate his cultish supporters. He needs to portray himself as a staunch 'law and order' President, which has always carried the underlying perception of cracking the heads of black folk.
Nathalie Baptiste of Mother Jones writes:
Throughout history, we have seen how what is “law and order” for the dominant culture doesn’t apply to everyone. But as this era of pervasive corruption, state-sanctioned violence, and a pandemic that’s killed nearly 180,000 people makes abundantly clear, the harshest punishments for violating “law and order” are only doled out to certain people in certain places. When Trump and other right-wingers say they want “law and order,” they’re really sending a signal—less a dogwhistle than a bullhorn—to the other people guided by white supremacy: Break any law you want to maintain the current order.