"Did you bring your gun?" — Antifa member
Conservative podcast host and comedian Steven Crowder sent his producer, Jared, undercover to infiltrate a local Antifa group, and in doing so, captured those involved in the movement doling out weapons and discussing violence.
The investigation was launched ahead of a speaking engagement Wednesday by Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Crowder said his team has been "infiltrating this organization for a long time." He released the footage on Thursday.
What's in the video?
A woman is shown in the first 10 seconds of the video describing movements of the group.
"The idea is plainclothes and hard tactics," she explained. "I don't think they'll know what hit them. Because they're not prepared for what we're planning."
Jared also filmed several members of Antifa and pressed them for information on what they were planning ahead of Shapiro's speech.
They admitted that they were considering using various weapons against those who opposed them, including an "assault weapon," a "sawed-off shotgun," and a "regular rifle."
That's the moment in the video that they handed Jared an ice pick and directed him to the nearest military supply store to buy a "Ka-Bar," which is a very large combat knife.
Throughout the video, many of the group's "tactics" are revealed, including an encrypted messaging app, which allows members to communicate effectively and under the radar.
One of the group members even boasts about the arsenal of weapons he has in his vehicle, "in case the s**t hit the fan."
Crowder concludes the narrated video by zeroing in on the media and their lack of response to the footage. According to Crowder, not one outlet was interested in the tape.
What happened after the video was filmed?
After Crowder and Jared reviewed the footage, they turned it into university police — who were in the loop on Crowder and Jared's project — and thanked them for their service.
However, Crowder reported that there was a large entity that had no interest in the footage: the media.
Crowder instead shared the footage on YouTube, and just a day after the video was released, one of the Antifa members on the tape contacted him to file a privacy complaint.
He also spoke with Shapiro, and with him, marveled at the media's lack of interest in this story.
"Not a single news agency," Crowder said. "Not one."
Shapiro lauded their coverage and said, "You guys did more undercover journalistic work than any of these major outlets."