In the latest installment of “Crowder Confronts” — in which he personally engages with people who’ve made various accusations and/or threats against him — comedian and political commentator Steven Crowder visits a coffee place to chat with a member of the violence-embracing Antifa movement who called for his fellow radical activists to “milkshake” Crowder at an event and declared online that he “hope[s] someone lights Steven Crowder on fire.”
Crowder explains in the intro that the Antifa member, whose name Crowder blocks out to avoid being accused of doxxing, has a record for some of his past “activism,” earning him a rap sheet that “includes throwing tomatoes at Trump (but missing, by a lot) and assaulting cops,” according to Crowder’s website.
“We’re all good to go with jokes, clever insults, mean tweets, and memes,” reads the write-up for the new video. “But when you call for the violence, which yes, includes the hurling of frozen dairy, things take a more serious turn. Maybe that’s confusing with Steven’s penchant for dress-up, but the point still stands. Just don’t call for anyone to be set ablaze. Don’t call for someone to be doused in dairy. As tempting as it may be on a hot day to throw a mocha frap in someone’s caffeine deprived face.”
As he usually does, Crowder comes dressed in a thematically appropriate costume: the Heat Miser from “The Year Without Santa Clause.”
What unfolds when Crowder walks into the cafe to confront the Antifa member looks familiar, Crowder notes. Despite Crowder presenting evidence of the guy’s message declaring his hope that the conservative comedian be set ablaze, the Antifa member denies it, the same response as the other radical critics Crowder has called out, including a college professor.
Unsurprised by the denial, Crowder continues to ask the guy to talk it out, emphasizing repeatedly that he is calling for civil discourse, not violence — as Antifa often resorts to using. Though Crowder is highlighting the guy’s own fascist behavior, the Antifa member, who’s in a sudden hurry to exit the cafe, decries Crowder as a “fascist.”
“How do you not see yourself as a fascist when you encourage acts of violence?” Crowder asks after rattling off his criminal record.
Last month, Republican Sens. Ted Cruz (TX) and Bill Cassidy (LA) introduced a resolution calling for Antifa to be officially labeled a “domestic terrorist organization.” In the resolution, the senators provide a summary of some of the violent actions of the group:
- Whereas members of Antifa have physically assaulted journalists and other individuals during protests and riots in Berkeley, California;
- Whereas in February of 2018, journalist Andy Ngo was intimidated and threatened with violence by protestors affiliated with Antifa;
- Whereas on June 29, 2019, while covering demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, journalist Andy Ngo was physically attacked by protestors affiliated with Antifa;
- Whereas employees of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (referred to in this preamble as “ICE”) were subjected to doxxing and violent threats after their social media profiles, phone numbers, and home addresses were posted on the Internet by left wing activists;
- Whereas according to the Wall Street Journal, an ICE officer was followed by left wing activists and “confronted when he went to pick up his daughter from summer camp”, and another “had his name and photo plastered on flyers outside his home accusing him of being part of the ‘Gestapo'”;
- Whereas the ICE office in southwest Portland, Oregon, was shut down for days due to threats and occupation by Antifa members;
- Whereas Rose City Antifa, an Antifa group founded in 2007 in Portland, Oregon, explicitly rejects the authority of law enforcement officers in the United States, and Federal, State, and local governments, to protect free speech and stop acts of violence;
- Whereas Rose City Antifa rejects the civil treatment of individuals the group labels as fascists, stating: “We can’t just argue against them; we have to prevent them from organizing by any means necessary.”