Fmr. Antifa member reacts to group's attack on conservative writer Andy Ngo (VIDEO)

  • Former Antifa member Gabe Nadales joined Fox & Friends First to discuss the recent attack on conservative writer Andy Ngo.
  • Nadales also addressed unconfirmed threats to launch acid attacks at an upcoming D.C. free speech rally.
  • Nadales said that while the group bill itself as one that fights fascism, it really is "just a gang" that fights "anyone who supports the First Amendment."

Former Antifa member Gabriel Nadales joined Fox & Friends First Tuesday to discuss the group's recent attack on conservative Andy Ngo, saying that the only way to deal with the extremist group is to "go into the college campuses."

Ngo, a writer for Quillette, was injured Saturday in Portland, Oregon by members of Antifa. Nadales, a former member of the group and current employee of Campus Reform's parent organization, the Leadership Institute, reacted to that news and more on Tuesday morning. 

"what Antifa is today, and what I eventually realized is that they're not willing to fight fascists. They're willing to fight anyone who supports the First Amendment..."   

Asked to bring viewers into the mindset of Antifa members, Nadales said that while they say they fight fascists, they do the opposite. 

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"Unfortunately, what Antifa is today, and what I eventually realized is that they're not willing to fight fascists. They're willing to fight anyone who supports the First Amendment or anybody who stands in their way," Nadales said, later describing the group as "just a gang." 

Nadales recently spoke with Campus Reform about his experiences with Antifa, as well as what led him to become a conservative. He said it wasn't until he began failing his college economics class, started reading more about economics, and then posing questions about economics to other Antifa members that he began questioning his involvement with the extremist group. 

“I was failing my econ class… so I actually started reading my econ books. I took those ideas home… and I took them to my friends and I would ask a lot of questions...Instead of having a conversation… they called me names. It was my first time as an anarchist that I was called a capitalist pig, just because I was raising questions.”

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Fox & Friends First co-host Heather Childers then asked Nadales about unconfirmed reports of Antifa members plotting an acid attack at a planned free speech rally in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. 

"We need to arrest that person," Nadales said. But, he added, that's not really getting at the root of the issue.

"If we really want to look at the problem of Antifa, we have to go into the college campuses," the former Antifa member turned conservative activist said, while later adding that "there are extremist professors who are feeding this mob mentality into their students." 

One such professor whom Nadales mentioned earlier in the interview is Dartmouth lecturer Mark Bray who, as Campus Reform previously reported, wrote a book on Antifa and donated half the proceeds to Antifa. 


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Jon Street is a news editor for Campus Reform. Six years ago, Jon cut his reporting teeth fresh out of college as an intern at Media Research Center's, where he interviewed multiple members of Congress and former presidential candidates. From there, he went on to complete a stint at, where his exclusive, investigative work was picked up or cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News, National Review, and the Drudge Report, among others. More recently, Jon spent three years as an assistant editor at In his free time, Jon enjoys trying new coffeehouses around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and traveling back to his home state of Missouri to spend time with his family.

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