After Andy Ngo tweeted out a report from The Post Millennial on Lincoln Project founder Rick Wilson’s call for violence against journalists, saying “mow them down,” Wilson slapped back with the falsehood that “Antifa isn’t real.”
But Ngo, who has spent years covering Antifa, was quick to bring receipts.
Ngo shared reporting on FBI Director Christopher Wray’s description of Antifa as a “real thing,” along with reports on San Diego District Attorney’s stating that Antifa organized violence against 16 individual victims.
Wilson isn’t the only one who has found it politically expedient to ignore Antifa and to pretend that it doesn’t exist. New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler has also made the claim, stating that Antifa riots were a “myth” in 2020.
The House Judiciary Committee, as well as the Senate, held hearings on Antifa and domestic extremism, because the group undoubtedly does exist.
Ngo has written a book, Unmasked, about the recent history of Antifa, tracking their movements, influence, and their ability to obfuscate themselves among other leftist groups and protest movements.
Wilson’s Lincoln Project claims in a video missive that “the real Antifa” were the Western allies who fought against fascism in Europe during World War II, but ignores the contemporary Antifa movement. Instead, they attribute the concept of modern Antifa to a “cable news talking point,” claiming that the anti-fascist fight of today is against leaders like President Donald Trump.
In 2017, The New York Times dug into Antifa, reporting on their penchant and willingness to use violence to attain their aims. Antifa was present at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virg.
“Unlike most of the counterdemonstrators in Charlottesville and elsewhere,” The New York Times reported, “members of antifa have shown no qualms about using their fists, sticks or canisters of pepper spray to meet an array of right-wing antagonists whom they call a fascist threat to American democracy. As explained this week by a dozen adherents of the movement, the ascendant new right in the country requires a physical response.”
They spoke to an Antifa member at the time, Emily Rose Nauert, describing her as “a 20-year-old antifa member who became a symbol of the movement in April when a white nationalist leader punched her in the face during a melee near the University of California, Berkeley.”
“You need violence in order to protect nonviolence,” Nauert told the Times in 2017. “That’s what’s very obviously necessary right now. It’s full-on war, basically.”