On The Daily Show, Trevor Noah shed some light on the fringe group Antifa. The host explained that the Antifa movement is all over the board, with some members there simply to shame racists and Nazis on the internet, while others want to burn everything down.
Noah showed a clip from 20/20 of Antifa member Lacy MacAuley saying, “Breaking a window is a symbolic act.” The Daily Show anchor responded to the clip by saying, “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.’”
Fighting fire with fire
Some members of the Antifa movement have fought the hatred and violence of white nationalists with hatred and violence of their own. After showing some clips of Antifa members fighting with white nationalists in the streets, Noah said, “It doesn’t matter what your noble goal may be. It doesn’t matter what you say you are fighting for. When people see that, all they think is ‘Oh, s***, it’s vegan ISIS.’” And he went on to explain why fighting fire with fire is a bad idea. “Because your opponents will just use every violent incident to discredit your entire movement,” he continued. “They make it seem like, in a world where white supremacists have a friend in the White House, the real problem is you guys.”
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