Hot Legs: Big bad Antifa becomes a figure of fun
One hundred nights of rioting in Portland, and what has Antifa gotten for it?
Looks like a Trump surge in the polls and a new role as a national laughingstock.
A Twitter video shows that a rioter who hurled a lit Molotov cocktail at a police car accidentally dropped the thing, set his feet on fire, goose-stepped of there with feet on fire, scurried for cover, thrashed, and made the fire worse, as AT's Andrea Widburg described well here. Then the cops stepped in and ended the foot barbecue right then and there.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">ANTIFA lights themselves on fire—<br><br>5 minutes into the March, officers attempted to put him out. <a href="https://t.co/FVBoEeQJVH">pic.twitter.com/FVBoEeQJVH</a></p>— Tayler Hansen (@TaylerUSA) <a href="https://twitter.com/TaylerUSA/status/1302461688910770176?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 6, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
After that, Twitter videographers set the moves to actual pop music, and all a viewer can ask is how those moves differ from those of actual circus clowns.
Call it Peak Antifa.
Because based on a lot of things coming out about this big bad self-styled violent "revolutionary" collective, people are starting to find reasons to...laugh.
Ridicule, and better still, scorn, is a brutal antidote to starry-eyed radical delusions, and the extent of it now should affect Antifa's recruiting efforts.
Already Antifa has been getting there. Think of the laughter that's been coming about out about its various other capers, starting from their denizens' mug shots:
Arrested at the Portland #antifa riot:— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 8, 2020
Michael Skaggs, 23: felony riot https://t.co/Su3OWfOTQS
Joel Beal, 32, of Skull Valley, Ariz.: felony riot https://t.co/lXUFFzuzOz
Jawad Fakhuri, 35: felony riot, felony unlawful use of a weapon & more; bailed out https://t.co/zzBCMZf4yS pic.twitter.com/C9YsSsrp61
Think also of the existence of a code-violating slop house that feeds them, called "the riot kitchen" which got busted while traveling through Kenosha.
Or the recent incident where a busted Antifa member balled up and bawled when he learned he had been arrested.
Now with these videos, we're getting into reasons for real ridicule — and scorn. President Trump certainly understands it - he tweeted his favorite here:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">These are the Democrats “peaceful protests”. Sick! <a href="https://t.co/8NpRepi8UY">https://t.co/8NpRepi8UY</a></p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1302675943241199618?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 6, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Antifa has been trying to con us for years into thinking it's some kind of army of revolution. Now the truth is out: these people are just clowns setting their pants on fire.
Since this video ran, there's this spontaneous upsurge in video mockery of Antifa from all over.
PJ Media has a hilarious collection of spontaneous artistry, showing the rioter's herky-jerky flight from the fire, set to music — from Rod Stewart's "Hot Legs," to Kenny Loggins's "Footloose," to Boots Randolph's "Yakity Sax," to Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" to Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" and a whole lot of other worthy artistic interpretations.
At first, I was not inclined to make fun of the incident, let alone laugh, since, at the beginning, when the video got out there, it wasn't known who set the fire, and it was possible the man with his feet on fire had been an innocent bystander. When it was learned he wasn't, well, it got funny — laugh-out-loud funny as the crisp, merciless cadences of music played while the rioter thrashed, and the leftists surrounding the guy on fire fanned the flames, making it worse, huffing and squawling in panic through the whole thing, truly like circus clowns putting on a show.
Here are a few favorites:
“We didn’t start the fire” pic.twitter.com/uR42KGqjYZ— Ezra Levant 🍁 (@ezralevant) September 6, 2020
This is beautiful— The Effing Saddle Tramp 🐴 (@tmbsaddletramp) September 6, 2020
Carpe Donktum is the winner lol 🤣 pic.twitter.com/Vac6sfYzSq
Why do these make us laugh? Because they demonstrate what a bunch of filthy incompetents Antifa are, stupid to the extreme, and fully deserving of the consequences of "stupid." They remain problematic to be sure, but they're also easily dispensed with should the cities tolerating them get some actual leadership. They aren't the important force to be reckoned with that they say they are. Far from being big dreaded revolutionaries, they are actually a bunch of doofuses who are easily thrown into confusion, allowed to get away with it only because Portland's leaders are even stupider. That sends a signal to voters that the guy to vote for, for president, is the one who understands leadership. We all know who that is.