- The Washington Times - Friday, September 1, 2017

Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah made it clear to his studio audience this week that he will not support self-described anti-fascists as long as they remind him of “vegan ISIS.”

The host of “The Daily Show” allocated a portion of his broadcast on Thursday to analysis of antifa, a collection of left-wing groups that fashion themselves a bulwark against neo-Nazis. Mr. Noah, a progressive commentator, said antifa’s track record of perpetrating unnecessary violence has undermined its cause.

“It doesn’t matter what your noble goal may be,” Mr. Noah said, The Washington Free Beacon reported Friday. “It doesn’t matter what you say you’re fighting for. When people see [unprovoked violence], all they think is, ‘oh s—t, it’s vegan ISIS.’ When you think you’re punching Nazis, you don’t realize that you’re also punching your cause, because your opponents will just use every violent incident to discredit your entire movement.”

The host then framed antifa’s predilection for physical confrontations as a detraction from President Donald Trump.

“[Antifa critics] make it seem like — they make it seem like — in a world where white supremacists have a friend in the White House, the real problem is you guys,” the host said.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly condemned white supremacists and neo-Nazis since violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12. A rally organized by racist groups resulted in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer when a man drove his car into a crowd.

Police arrested 20-year-old suspect James Alex Fields Jr. after the crime.

“Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” Mr. Trump said Aug. 14 during a press conference.

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