Trevor Noah rattled his fellow liberals Thursday, attacking Antifa and criticizing their strategy.
Noah poked fun at the anti-fascists, saying their name was great because it was “short, punchy — excuse the pun — and most importantly, you don’t have to know how to spell fascist,” he said, alluding to the repeated misspellings of protesters. He then ran a clip of interviews with Antifa activists and questioned the wisdom of one woman who called breaking windows a “symbolic act” because windows break all the time.
“Seriously, though, breaking a window was a ‘symbolic act’? You might think it’s some deep statement, but most people see that and think, ‘Great, now I’ve got to walk a whole block up to the next Starbucks. Like, who is that supposed to convince? What are you trying to do? It definitely doesn’t convince the Starbucks guy, the person who’s gonna be in the store cleaning up the glass, like, ‘Yeah, they made a good point about fascism. I understand what they mean. I understand it.’
“No, they don’t think like that. You’ve got these Antifa members who believe that smashing s*** 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.”
He then cut to a viral clip showing Antifa members beating up a counter-protester in Berkeley last week, advising the protesters that when they think they’re punching Nazis, they’re punching their own cause.
“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 s***, it’s Vegan ISIS,’” Noah said. “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.”