A Nod to Violence: CNN Further Normalizes Leftist Antifa Terrorists

It’s been over three years since the FBI and the Department of Homeland security referred to the radical leftist Antifa movement's behavior as that of a “domestic terrorist” organization, but that hasn’t stopped CNN from promoting their activities. Just days after CNN host Chris Cuomo argued that Antifa was a “true” and “good cause,” social justice warrior Kamau Bell on Sunday’s United Shades of America offered a national platform to an Antifa member while offering no pushback against their violent tactics.

Completely ignoring the terrorist designation, Bell sat down with a young woman who only went by the name Ariel. As they began their discussion, Bell allowed her to twist and lie about what Antifa actually was:

BELL: So, how would you describe yourself in relation to Antifa.

ARIEL: The way I describe Antifa is more like this. Like, do you approve of fascism?

BELL: No.

ARIEL: Then, you can consider yourself Antifa if you chose to. So, if you're opposed to fascism –

BELL: Yeah, I am.

ARIEL: -- then you are Antifa because it’s anti-fascism.

Do you think people deserve love? Antifa,” she exclaimed.

After Ariel opined about a person interested in joining Antifa could simply make a website to “educate children,” Bell claimed the group “doesn’t” fall on the typical left-right spectrum, though Ariel admitted she believed in “anarcho-communism.” Communism, an ideology that had left over 100 million people dead in the last century alone. That went unmentioned by CNN.

 

 

Prompted by Bell to talk about how she “had to get out there and mix it up,” Ariel, a seemingly small woman, told this tale about she had to jump in to save two Muslim women from a raging Nazi. “I didn’t really think about it, I jumped like at him but I picked him up like off the ground and I threw him on the ground and I just jumped on him and I started like punching him,” she claimed.

Moments later, Ariel started pulling weapons out her bag (such as a bright pink set of brass knuckles and a large knife) to Bell’s enjoyment:

BELL: Oh, I love that these are—

ARIEL (pulling weapons out of her bag): I know, I like that.

BELL: Can I put this on? [Puts on brass knuckles]. Wow, and this is—[opens a large pocket knife]

ARIEL: I usually have a couple of those on me just in case.

BELL: Oh, just in case.

ARIEL: I use it for whatever I need to use it for.

BELL: Point taken.

Ariel also showed off flyers she would put up featuring a local Immigration and Customs Enforcement official that claimed the man was a “modern day Nazi”, and bragged about doxxing ICE officials.

Bell’s response was to mock those who opposed the tactic. “So the argument from people on the left -- and right – but even the left will be like are going to be like, ‘these are just people who have jobs and are trying to have a living, they're just trying to support their families,’” he said in a diminutive tone.

CNN’s prime time hosts have championed Antifa in the past. In August of last year, Cuomo declared that the group had “morality” on their side. CNN Tonight host Don Lemon rationalized their violence and suggest President Trump railed against the group in order to stoke racism. This is CNN.

(h/t: The Daily Caller’s Mike Brest)

The transcript is below, click "expand" to read:

CNN’s United Shades of America
May 5, 2019
10;24:41 p.m. Eastern

KAMAU BELL: As we all know, Antifa gets all the headlines for confronting the Alt-Right. And while the Red Neck Revolt and Antifa are associated, they have one very big difference. The Red Neck Revolt is about preventing violence while Antifa is like, “we wish a Nazi would”.

(…)

BELL: Not what you were expecting? This is Ariel. And luckily for us she is here to help us learn.

(…)

BELL: So, how would you describe yourself in relation to Antifa.

ARIEL: The way I describe Antifa is more like this. Like, do you approve of fascism?

BELL: No.

ARIEL: Then, you can consider yourself Antifa if you chose to. So, if you're opposed to fascism –

BELL: Yeah, I am.

ARIEL: -- then you are Antifa because it’s anti-fascism.

BELL: Okay.

ARIEL: That could be a lot, a lot of things. Let’s say they're a great programmer. And you know, that can build a website to educate children. Do you think people deserve love? Antifa!

BELL: So Antifa is anti-fascism. But is a world of politics, where does it land on our left-right spectrum? It doesn’t.

(…)

BELL: Now, we have to talk about stuff you see on the news. And specifically, you like, you've actually at times had to get out there and mix it up. What was it like?

ARIEL: So I went to visit this protest in Portland. There was like the Proud Boys and this group called ACT, it’s and anti-Islamic. And this guy just ran at these two girls and so they were both wearing hijabs. And he definitely looked like he was going to hit them, jump on them. I didn’t really think about it, I jumped like at him but I picked him up like off the ground and I threw him on the ground and I just jumped on him and I started like punching him.

(…)

BELL: Oh, I love that these are—

ARIEL (pulling weapons out of her bag): I know, I like that.

BELL: Can I put this on? [Puts on brass knuckles]. Wow, and this is—[opens a large pocket knife]

ARIEL: I usually have a couple of those on me just in case.

BELL: Oh, just in case.

ARIEL: I use it for whatever I need to use it for.

BELL: Point taken.

(…)

ARIEL: Ah, here we go. So, these are some of the flyers.

BELL: So, this is the thing you put up around neighborhoods.

ARIEL: This is a guy that works for ICE grabbing kids taking them away from their families, whatever. So, I doxx. And for people who don’t know what doxxing is, it's basically like you post people's public information or you make them known to people.

(…)

BELL: So, I'm going to block out this person's face. “Have you seen this person getting coffee in your neighborhood or on your bus? This person is part of the privatized immigration detention system. They are a modern day Nazi putting people, including children, in concentration camps. Be on the lookout.” Some people are going to say that kind of – like saying they're modern day Nazi that

ARIEL: It's inflammatory.

BELL: It’s inflammatory. Saying concentration camps is too over the top.

ARIEL: It is inflammatory because it is extreme, it a terrible thing that’s happening.

BELL: So the argument from people on the left -- and right – but even the left will be like are going to be like, “these are just people who have jobs and are trying to have a living, they're just trying to support their families.”

ARIEL: And I mean, I definitely understand that, but the thing is, white cis gender, you know, heterosexual men, I want you to know eventually fascists will come for you too. You know, once they’ve come everyone else. And your privilege won't protect you forever, even though right now it seems like it will.

BELL: Before I wrap it up I just want to say, f*** Tucker Carlson.

(…)

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