On Thursday night, Trevor Noah opened his show by addressing the violence that took place in Berkeley, CA last weekend where members of the Antifa movement assaulted peaceful Trump supporters.
“That’s a great name. It’s short, it’s punchy – excuse the pun – and most importantly, you don’t have to know how to spell ‘fascist,'” Noah quipped.
The Daily Show host pointed out that it’s difficult to understand what Antifa is all about because they have “no defined leadership” and that there’s “no clear way to know what they are meant to do.”
He played clips from an ABC 20/20 segment where one member told the reporter that they’re trying to expose and dox neo-Nazis online (which Noah called “awesome”) and another member who says smashing windows is a “symbolic act” (which he mocked). But then he pivoted to the ones that have actually incited violence.
“It doesn’t matter what your noble goal may be, it doesn’t matter what you say you’re fighting for,” Noah continued. “When people see that, all they think is ‘Oh s**t, it’s vegan ISIS.’ Because you don’t realize — when you think you’re punching Nazis, you don’t realize you’re also punching your cause.”
Noah added that Antifa’s opponents (like Fox News and President Trump) will use “every violent incident to discredit your entire movement.”
Watch the clip above, via Comedy Central.
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