It sounds like the set up for a bad joke…what happens when you put a former neo-Nazi recruiter on Fox News with an Anarchist Antifa organizer? You might think an all out brawl would occur, but that would be exactly opposite to what went down.
Fox News allowed a look into what each of these extremist ideologies is all about, to gain some insight in order to understand why the violence is continuing.
Frank Meeink, a former skinhead and neo-Nazi rejects political violence now, while Scott Crow, former Antifa organizer doesn’t regret any of the violence he participated in thus far.
Crow describes Antifa (anti-fascist) as more of a “set of ideas” instead of an organized group. Crow, who has been involved with the movement for more than 30 years, stated that even “your mother” could be Antifa.
“Anybody who wants to stand up to white supremacy, or anybody who wants to stand up to racism, or stop communities of color, or immigrants, or women from being attacked by white supremacists is Antifa. It could be your mother […].”
Meeink remembers how Antifa was in the 1990s, when they were hurling bottles at him as he carried banners while marching in protests.
“I never ducked a bottle once, and thought ‘Whoa, I better rethink my beliefs, here!’ It doesn’t work that way,” Meeink said, “It makes me stronger in what I was doing.”
Crow readily admits that violence was a big part of how Antifa operated. In an interview on Saturday with CNN Crow said, “I fought (against) Nazis. I’ve had death threats. I’ve had guns drawn on me. I’ve drawn guns on fascists. I’ve been in altercations. I’ve smoke-bombed places.”
It’s refreshing to hear the truth about the violent actions of Antifa, however Yoav Fromer, a professor of American History and Politics at Tel Aviv University in Israel would have us think different. In a Washington Post op-ed on Friday, Fromer stated that America’s leftist “gave up” on violence in the political arena “decades ago.”