On Thursday night, host Trevor Noah took another surprising stance: railing against Antifa, a movement of anti-fascist groups who oppose white supremacy via direct action. Recently, members of the group clashed with bands of neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, and a few were seen beating down a neo-Nazi at a protest in Berkeley, California, in a clip that went viral. These incidents are of course outliers, and the vast majority of their membership—who are often confused with the far more combative black bloc—engage in forms of nonviolent protest.
Yeah, we get it, they’re mostly peaceful or something. We sense some in the media aren’t eager to face reality.
Noah opened his spiel with a clip of a supposed Antifa member defending breaking a store window as a “symbolic act.”
He continued: “You’ve got these Antifa members who believe that smashing shit is all they should do. Others want to expose neo-Nazis, and part of Antifa has only been about video games. But the part that’s been causing the most headaches is the one that’s hitting people in the head.”
The Daily Show MC then threw to a montage of Fox News pundits losing their marbles over the aforementioned clip of a few Antifa members beating up a neo-Nazi in Berkeley during a white nationalist rally on Aug. 27—a scuffle that lasted a few seconds before it was broken up by another Antifa member.
They still must maintain the liberal bonafides by taking a cheap shot at Fox News, of course.
“You see, now, here’s the real problem: It doesn’t matter what your noble goal may be, it doesn’t matter what you say you’re fighting for. When people see that, all they think is, ‘Oh shit, it’s Vegan ISIS,’” said Noah. “Because you don’t realize when you think you’re punching Nazis, you don’t realize that you’re also punching your cause. Because your opponents, they’ll just use every violent incident to discredit your entire movement, and they make it seem like—they make it seem like—in a world where white supremacists have a friend in the White House, the real problem is you guys.”
They’ve convinced themselves President Trump is some sort of Nazi white supremacist, which is nonsense, but at least they’re acknowledging how these thugs aren’t helping.
It’s a start.