Antifa members are just interested in fighting fascism. Don’t you get that? They’re looking to fight the rise of fascism in the United States and that’s it. Period.
Oh, and they’re looking to light conservative pundits they disagree with on fire — that too.
As followers of Steven Crowder will know, he enjoys confronting members of the left who make physical threats against him. The latest is a member of antifa who threatened Crowder during a recent trip to Austin, Texas, where he was filming a “Change My Mind” segment at Google headquarters.
The antifa member — who has a criminal history, which includes throwing tomatoes at President Trump and assaulting police officers — gave away Crowder’s location and posted that he hoped people would “milkshake” him. (“Milkshaking,” in antifa vernacular, doesn’t refer to throwing a Shamrock Shake on someone but instead a mixture of cement and other chemicals that can cause burns.)
Furthermore, the individual said, “I hope someone lights Steven Crowder on fire.”
So, Crowder did what any of us would do. He dressed up as the Heat Miser from the 1974 Christmas special “The Year Without a Santa Claus” and goes to a coffee shop to confront the young man:
At first, the man denies sending the messages on Facebook, calling Crowder a “fascist” and walking in and out of the coffee shop to avoid the pundit. Apparently indecisive, he then walks back in.
Eventually, both are kicked out and Crowder has a walk-and-talk with the antifa member.
Crowder wants to talk the whole thing out. The antifa member doesn’t, but he also torpedoes his denials of egging his supporters on to milkshake Crowder and set him on fire by saying he wishes he had said these exact same things or that Crowder deserves it.
This isn’t exactly the most convincing denial.
“How do you not see yourself as a fascist when you encourage acts of violence?” Crowder asks at one point in the video.
The antifa member doesn’t have an answer for this, or what fascism is or, well, pretty much everything.
This isn’t the first “Crowder Confronts” video, for those of you who have followed the kerfuffles of the past. It’s not even the first one involving a member of the left who threatened Crowder with some form of intimidation or physical harm.
In fact, another one happened in Austin when a juice bar barista who threatened to slash Crowder’s tires was confronted:
The barista claimed not to know Crowder until his post, blown up on a placard, was presented to him. A Christopher Hitchens quote that I never tire of: “Perhaps you notice how the denial is so often the preface to the justification.”
Both of these instances are object lessons in how members of antifa are vicious in groups and absolute cowards on their own. No matter how you feel about Crowder, these kinds of threats are antithetical to civil political discourse. For right now, it’s mere incivility.
When these threats are acted upon, however, they should scare everyone.
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