On Thursday, conservative commentator Steven Crowder released an undercover video (below) exposing the violence-embracing leftist movement Antifa. In the video, two undercover reporters are embedded with the “anti-fascist” group for a few weeks and capture on video Antifa members discussing the violent tactics they plan to use as well as weapons they plan to carry — at one point even handing a reporter weapons — in order to disrupt an event featuring Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro.
Crowder begins the exposé by explaining that his team of reporters has been “infiltrating this organization for a long time, hard.” The result is evidence that is so damning that the authorities ended up thanking Crowder and his team for their work.
“Are they really an inconsequential group of rabble rousers?” asks Crowder of the group that has been championed by so many on the Left. As the video shows, and as so many around the country have learned over the last year, the answer is a resounding no.
One of the reasons they are so influential, Crowder explains, is their broad support base on the Left. “Antifa is in a PR battle, so what they claim and what they do is very different,” says Crowder. But behind the scenes, they are organizing and planning — as his undercover operatives found out firsthand — to enact violence.
Despite some politicians and celebrities on the left publicly distancing themselves after Antifa’s egregious acts of violence became too politically toxic to openly endorse, Crowder notes, “Antifa has never operated alone. They’ve been actively supported by professors and other leftists and student organizations.” Crowder provides the example of current Utah State faculty members who “encouraged and emboldened students to disrupt the Ben Shapiro event and create chaos.”
One of the self-described “anti-fascists,” going by the pseudonym “Clark,” explains in an audio recording that his Utah-based group specifically asked the violent Antifa activists to show up in their masks and black clothing to supposedly provide “safety.” Antifa is not “one static organization,” he says, but more of an “ideology, a movement, a stance.” Asked what the difference between Antifa and other leftist organizations is, Clark replies matter-of-factly, “The difference between them and other activists groups is the willingness to respond with violence.”
One of Crowder’s undercover journalists finds himself in the middle of a discussion with Antifa “activists” on Utah State campus prior to Shapiro’s speaking event. The discussion with the militant Antifa goes so far in its threat-level — including the members handing the reporter weapons — that the reporter wisely chooses to get out of there.
Crowder says they immediately gave the police the video evidence of the violence the Antifa members were planning. But when Crowder tried to get some of the media to find out more about what his team uncovered, reporters were strangely uninterested in learning about the violent leftist group. Crowder concludes the video by asking, “Is the media complicit in all of this, or do they just suck at their jobs?”