In a January 21, 2017 video entitled “What Pisses Me Off About The Anti-Trump Riots,” a very solemn Stefan Molyneux went on a tirade about the violence occurring at certain anti-Trump protests. Referring to inauguration day, Molyneux decided to “run through” the “butcher’s bill from last night.”
He pointed to far-right Rebel Media pundit Laura Southern being shoved by a protester outside the DeploraBall — which, to be clear, was wrong and should never have happened even when tensions were clearly running high. (I’ve seen video of this event taking place and anyone who reads this can easily find it.) Mike Cernovich, a date rape apologist and DeploraBall organizer, was “pepper-sprayed on the front lines” by police officers who “weren’t there for him.” And Gavin McInnes, of both Rebel Media and Anthony Cumia’s Compound Media network, got into what could be loosely described as a fist fight, though video does not show how the fight began.
Molyneux then moved on to his close friend and confidant, Roger Stone, who swore in an entirely unconvincing InfoWars segment that he had been poisoned with polonium. Stone suggested this was part of a plot against the Trump presidency that was, perhaps, carried out by former Governor Mitt Romney’s senior adviser Dan Senor. “Do you know what poison is, other than nearly fatal, of course? Poison is not an argument,” Molyneux growled.
Then he brought up the most newsworthy incident: the assault of white nationalist leader Richard Spencer. By now, most people have seen the video: a filmed on-the-street interview with Spencer, in which he attempted to describe his Pepe the frog pin when — all of the sudden — he was decked by an anonymous black bloc anarchist. The video went viral, with people setting the attack to music and openly debating whether it’s moral to punch out an unsuspecting Neo-Nazi — which, for what it’s worth, Spencer isn’t.
Molyneux was outraged about the assault, but downplayed Spencer’s racism, referring to him as an “ethnostate guy” just like Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali. “Yeah, yeah, yeah, he’s an ethnostate guy,” he said. “So what? Listen to his goddamn arguments! They won’t kill you. They’re just words. Agree, disagree, don’t punch him in the head for Christ’s sake!” An ironic display of anger given his support for President Trump, who just last year complained that protesters used to end up carried out on stretchers and offered to pay the legal fees of any fans who roughed up his opponents.
Molyneux then broadened his attack to the Left in general, calling liberals hypocrites who only claim to be opposed to racism and sexism, but who are intolerant of black conservatives and conservative women. His attack on “sexist” liberals is particularly disingenuous, given his examples of victims. “See what the Left said about Phyllis Schlafly after she died. See what the Left says about Ann Coulter. Or Sarah Palin,” he stated. “[Just] look up what Bill Maher said about Sarah Palin: see-you-next-Tuesday word.”
Yes, Molyneux is certainly correct with respect to Bill Maher, who has a long track record of misogyny and referred to the former Alaska Governor as a “cunt.” But the late Phyllis Schlafly achieved fame after she helped torpedo the Equal Rights Amendment. Schlafly was also deeply opposed to women in the military, hated abortion and contraception, and once remarked that men cannot rape their wives. Ann Coulter is no stranger to making racist and homophobic comments, and even opposes women’s suffrage. Molyneux ignores their extremist opinions and casts all criticism directed at them as unwarranted and sexist.
That is, in a manner of speaking, not an argument. Or at least, not a very good one.
What has been the butcher’s bill from last night? Let me run through it for you. We’ll put links to all of this below. Valkyrie goddess Lauren Southern: physically attacked by these protesters. Mike Cernovich: pepper-sprayed on the front lines. He was pepper-sprayed by the cops, sure, but they weren’t there for him. Gavin McInnes in a fist fight. James O’Keefe’s lawyer recently assaulted in D.C.
Roger Stone spent Christmas throwing up and wishing he was half-dead. Goes to the doctor, gets his blood tested, the test results go to the CDC, they say he’s most likely been poisoned by something like polonium. Poisoned. Do you know what poison is, other than nearly fatal, of course? Poison is not an argument.
These are people I care about. These are people I like. These are people I respect. Last month, we were chatting about the joys of Christmas on the Christmas show. And now, and now…
And yes, this was perhaps the most vicious outside of Roger Stone’s: Richard Spencer sucker-punched, full force, in a donkey kick punch to the head while giving an interview. Yeah, yeah, yeah, he’s an ethnostate guy. So what? Listen to his goddamn arguments. They won’t kill you. They’re just words. Agree, disagree, don’t punch him in the head for Christ’s sake.
Malcolm X was an ethnostate guy. Muhammad Ali was an ethnostate guy. They are revered. Jews got an ethnostate — I think it’s called Israel. [Gasp] But a white man even talks about an ethnostate — bam — straight to the head. You know, you’re kind of reinforcing his argument. You know that, right? If you’re okay with Israel, an ethnostate, attacking Spencer [is] just a little bit hypocritical.
Ah, but love trumps hate, you see. When they go low, we go high. You see all these slogans, these high-minded slogans of how wonderful and noble the Left is gonna be? Do you know what they’re for? They’re meant to disarm you. They’re meant to have you lower your guard. See, the Left openly states and claims they have no values. They have no values. They know you have values, so they’re gonna use those values against you.
The Left says they hate racism, but they attack any black conservative as not a real black. In other words, all blacks have to be Democrats, but don’t you dare stereotype blacks. Come on.
They claim to be against sexism. Yeah, try being a conservative woman. See what the Left said about Phyllis Schlafly after she died. See what the Left says about Ann Coulter. Or Sarah Palin. [Just] look up what Bill Maher said about Sarah Palin: see-you-next-Tuesday word. They don’t care. They’re the most stereotypical, racist, sexist group there is.